The Cost of Discipleship
About "The Cost of Discipleship"
The Cost of Discipleship is one of the bestselling titles on the SCM Classics list and one of the classics of modern theology. Perhaps Dietrich Bonhoeffer's most radical book, this reading of the Sermon on the Mount has influenced many Christians throughout the world over the last 50 years. 50 years after its first publication, the book is reintroduced to readers of our time by Stephen Plant, Dean of Trinity Hall, Cambridge and one of the leading Bonhoeffer scholars of our time.
Meet the Author
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian (he received his doctorate in theology at the age of only 21), participant in the German Resistance movement against Nazism, and a founding member of the Confessing Church. He was involved in plots planned by members of the Abwehr (the German Military Intelligence Office) to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
He was arrested in March 1943, imprisoned, and eventually hanged just before the end of the World War II in Europe.
Some of his selected published works include Creation and Fall: A Theological Exposition of Genesis 1-3; Life Together; The Cost of Discipleship; Ethics; Christ the Center and Letters and Papers from Prison.
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Without really knowing who he was beforehand, I read a biography of the author Bonhoeffer midway through last year and was very much impressed by the strength and character of the man. I soon bought Discipleship afterwards knowing that it was a classic, yet I put off on reading it until now largely because I didn't know what I was missing out on. This book has a power that challenged me through its insights, and it is soaked in scripture. Christ calls us to come and die in him, he wants all of us with nothing held back, and while I've heard this from many other places it never really hit home like it did here. There is too much in this volume for a review to do it justice, but I highly recommend it for everyone.
I'm 17 and was advised to read this book by my 78 year old associate pastor. It's a tough read, with each and every line chock full of solid theology. I find myself having to read only a chapter a day, and then chewing over it for a while. The book centres around the idea of "costly grace" and "true discipleship", using the sermon on the mount and other scriptures, to outline what these entail. I've been hugely challenged by this book. It's an immensely difficult, but well worth wile read.