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"Cheap grace is the mortal enemy of our church. Our struggle today is for costly grace." And with that sharp warning to his own church, which was engaged in bitter conflict with the official nazified state church, Dietrich Bonhoeffer began his book Discipleship (formerly entitled The Cost of Discipleship). Originally published in 1937, it soon became a classic exposition of what it means to follow Christ in a modern world beset by a dangerous and criminal government. At its center stands an interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount: what Jesus demanded of his followers-and how the life of discipleship is to be continued in all ages of the post- resurrection church.

"Every call of Jesus is a call to death," Bonhoeffer wrote. His own life ended in martyrdom on April 9, 1945.

Freshly translated from the German critical edition, Discipleship provides a more accurate rendering of the text and extensive aids and commentary to clarify the meaning, context, and reception of this work and its attempt to resist the Nazi ideology then infecting German Christian churches.

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ISBN-13: 9780800683245
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 06/10/2009
Series: Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 511,510
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

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Discipleship 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this the same as the cost of discipleship?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first encountered Dietrich Bonhoeffer in college, and he has stayed with me since then (the mid to late 1970s). As a young, impressible Christian, Bonhoeffer made a huge impact on me, and has influenced my faith in many ways. The book is controversial, because he does not pull a single punch. He is writing in the context of the Nazi takeover of Germany, and can see first hand what happens when the church hold on to idols instead of Christ. This is not easy reading for two reasons. First, he packs a lot into every sentence. I found myself rereading sentences, to make sure I understood his meaning. But second, and more important, he calls us to a standard of life that is demanding...perhaps even impossible, but the trying is worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a different translation, but it is the same idea. I believe this one is the best translation. Bonhoeffer named it simply "Discipleship," while the editors added the cost of. Bonhoeffer thinks discipleship implies cost, so it was unnecessary to include.
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