‘The Cost of Discipleship’ – 4 Question Book Review


Sometimes when I read a book it flies by. It's as if I've picked it up, breathed in once or twice and then I've finished it. The latest book I read as the one above – 'The Cost of Discipleship' by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. A bit of a classic and I'm sure there are plenty of people who would say “WHAT?! How have you only just read that! It's an essential for all Christians!!!! Are you even saved!?”.
In answer to your questions, yes I am saved, and reading 50 books in 1 hour is above my ability. And I do own an XBOX 360 which really fights against my books for my attention. I won't say who wins usually. But, I do read, I've always got at least one book on the go.
Rather than writing huge amounts to review the book, I thought I'd answer 4 questions so you get the jist:
1. What's it about? It's about the truth of following Christ. It's about the tough calling and gives help as to how we can truly follow Him – not just call ourselves Christians and hope for the best. It's for people wanting to pursue holiness.
2. What's the best bit? There are two best bits- 1. He writes about the issue of 'cheap grace', that Gods grace needs to cause us to give everything to Him in our lives (a challenge to all of us). And 2. He does a great exegesis ('unpacking') of the Sermon on the amount.
3. Any tweetable lines? “You can only learn what obedience is by obeying. It is no use asking questions; for it is only through obedience that you come to learn the truth.” – ooof- there's a challenge.
4. Shall I read it? Yes. Go for it. It's a classic. It's a big challenge to the way we think and live. It can be hard going in places as you're reading it, but worth getting through to the end, I did love the final couple of chapters, so glad I stuck it out!



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