The Cost of Discipleship is a compelling statement of the demands of sacrifice and ethical consistency from a man whose life and thought were exemplary articulations of a new type of leadership inspired by the Gospel, and imbued with the spirit of Christian humanism and a creative sense of civic duty.
©1999 Dietrich Bonhoeffer; (P)2009 christianaudio.com
As an historian and a Bible believer, I respect Pastor Bonhoeffer, how he lived as an unwavering Christian in Nazi Germany, and how he gave his life for his Lord.
This book, however, is simply a commentary on the Sermon on the Mount. He makes some very good points, and it is worth the listen, but I expected something different.
I know Bonhoeffer via the Ethics, a densely-reasoned discussion of situational ethics which speaks to non-Christians as well as believers. I hoped the Cost of Discipleship might be more of the same, but I've been disappointed. This feels like pastoral homilies, tame sermonettes to help us through the day. Unchallenging stuff from a writer who did better work.
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