Life Together

The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community
Narrated by: Paul Michael
Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
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Publisher's Summary

After his martyrdom at the hands of the Gestapo in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer continued his witness in the hearts of Christians around the world. His became a prized testimony to Christian faith and courage, read by thousands.

Now, in Life Together, we have Pastor Bonhoeffer's experience of Christian community. This story of a unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years reads like one of Paul's letters. It gives practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups.

The role of personal prayer, worship in common, everyday work, and Christian service is treated in simple, almost biblical, words. Life Together is bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship.

©1978 Dietrich Bonhoeffer (P)2009 christianaudio.com

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Fantástico!!

Before this review, I listened to it twice and will listen again next week. This book is packed with so much Truth and Love. I found myself convicted on a few pages. Oh if the Church could lives as described in these pages, the souls we could when for the Kingdom of God. (John 13:34-35)

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  • Ed
  • 01-21-13

More than we practice

What made the experience of listening to Life Together the most enjoyable?

Bonhoeffer demonstrates for me how our life together as "fellowship" and "church" is so different than the richness of what it could and can be.

Any additional comments?

Some of the things about "Life Together" are particular to communal life, but the principles have a much broader application.

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Life Together creates a desire for community

Today many congregations have trouble worshipping together for an hour. In Life Together Bonhoeffer awakens a desire for Christian community beyond the Lord's day and a few meetings during the week. Life Together shares a desire for a full Life Together in Christ.

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Hardly A Setence not Helpful or Convicting

Bonhoeffer addresses many issues that are thoroughly Biblical yet missing in my own life and I imagine in the life other Christians as well. For example, his perceptive insights on brotherly confession were not only insightful on many levels but thoroughly pratical. I highly commend this short listen to any Christian.

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Please read this book.

SERIOUSLY, PLEAAAAASE READ THIS BOOK. I HAVE NEVER READ A BOOK THAT SO ACCURATELY DESCRIBES CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY.

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Some great thoughts from an inspiring Christian

Some interesting and simple thoughts by Bonhoeffer. There were some good nuggets in this short book about alien righteousness, the Psalms and how in them we find the praying Christ, and meditation. This work has really encouraged me to start again a morning devotional/time set a part for reading the word, singing, and prayer. He also had some interesting thoughts on singing and the idea of unity singing as a congregation. I fully agreed with him on the idea that our singing can turn into a work of self glorifying (my term) of sorts and that if we simply sing in unity it can be a form of corporate prayer.

I'll have to read this one again, maybe next year, to get more out of it as simple as it was. There were also some very good ideas for evening devotionals as a family.

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beautiful and meaningful

A profound work! There is.more in this short work than in other works ten times as long. Both believer and unbeliever can benefit from Bonhoeffer's words

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Bonhoeffer work

Bonhoeffers work is at times hard to comprehend, but is an excellent reminder of the teachings of Christ and Luther. This work is especially poignant in today turbulent world.

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Guide for authentic Christian community!

This was very powerful and convicting to move towards authentic Christian living. It will answer why the Christian needs community and at the same time convict you to a higher calling to live differently.

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Meditative and Ascetic.

I will be bluntly honest about this review. I am not religious and took this book on as more of an undertaking to understand the man Dietrich Bonhoeffer more thoroughly. A great man along the same caliber of Activism such as MLK JR. This book tells a lot about the dichotomies between morality and religion, and how they are not always mutually inclusive. Bonhoeffer goes into some strange bits that make you wonder what made him the man he was with such belief systems narrowing closely to puritanism and pacifism. You end however, realizing what concessions a theocratic man makes before god in the interest of his common man, a true figure resembling what Loving Christian Doctrine could be followed by.

The reading itself is a bit dense, under no surprise, but the narration is solid and helps it along.

Recommended, but be cautious.

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  • 08-10-18

I need the text version! (And that’s my highest compliment!)

This short book (just over three hours, about one per chapter) was so good, I was considering buying the text before the end of the first chapter so I could absorb it more slowly. There’s so much meat in here from Bonhoeffer. My favourite theologians are those who also pastor and this book is an example of why: he offers truth in ways that take fully into account the realities of church life.

If you’re a Christian struggling with church, whether from negative experiences or just uncertainty about how you fit in, this book offers practical steps you can take as well as a solid app theological grounding for those practices.

I gave it a four for the reading because it was really quite good, and a three for story because, no lie, it’s not exactly unputdownable, but I’m still giving it a solid overall five stars because if you’re a Christian today this book is absolutely relevant and relatable. It’s dense, with each line giving plenty of food for thought, yet it’s easy to follow and the translation is very lucid.