Thursday, May 26, 2016

Monthly Book Giveaway--The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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“When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” 
― Dietrich BonhoefferThe Cost of Discipleship



This month's book giveaway is for a book that has deeply spoken to my heart, a book that holds a tremendous message for the church today. The Cost of Discipleship was written by the German pastor/Theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was executed by hanging under the regime of Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany. 

If you have never read Bonhoeffer, this book is an excellent way to become acquainted with this man who had a powerful, effective, and beautiful witness for Christ, a man who was not ashamed of the Gospel and who stood upon the Promises with unshakeable confidence in God. 

In an age of "cheap grace," as Bonhoeffer describes it, where the sacrifice of Christ is taken lightly by His church--and Bonhoeffer describes this state of the church in depth in his book--he challenges believers to instead embrace "costly grace," following in Christ's footsteps though the personal sacrifice may be high. 

Quotes from the book:

“Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession...Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.” 
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer


“Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock. Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: 'Ye were bought at a price', and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us. Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God.” 
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer




I pray that this month's book would be a great blessing to someone!

Please enter the giveaway by commenting below on a historic believer who has influenced your walk with the Lord or about why you would like to read this book! A winner will be randomly chosen one week from today and announced on the blog. 

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29 comments:

  1. There are many saints from the past who have inspired my walk walk with the Lord. My favorite would have to to be Corrie ten Boom and her family. Their fearless love for our Savior and willingness to protect the lives of the Jewish people at the cost of their own safety is such an incredible testimony. I so admire how Corrie spent her remaining years travelling the world, telling others of Christ's love, forgiveness and healing power. I would love the opportunity to read The Cost of Discipleship.

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    1. Brenda, I agree with you--Corrie Ten Boom and her family's lives are such an encouragement to us as believers. She is such a beautiful example of a humble, Spirit-filled, joyful disciple of Jesus Christ. I am so glad that you stopped by and entered the giveaway! I will be announcing the winner on Thursday. :-)

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  2. Corrie ten Boom is one of my heroes of the faith. Her example of unwavering devotion to Jesus in the midst of persecution and danger is so encouraging and challenging to my heart!

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    1. Yes; I agree, Lauren! Her life has been used by the Lord so greatly.

      I'm so glad that you entered the giveaway; I'll announce the winner on Thursday :-).

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  3. It seems so hard to narrow it down to just one! There are many who impact us in various ways but I guess I would have to say that Amy Carmichael would be at the top of my list.
    I have seen many quotes from the book, The Cost of Discipleship, but haven't read it yet, although it is nearing the top of my to get & read list. :) Thankful for you...Your blog and FB posts are a real blessing! Joyfully His,April Landry
    Posting as Anonymous since I do not have any of the other accounts listed).

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    1. April, I understand what you mean! Different people impact us in different ways . . . the Lord has used George Mueller's example very powerfully in my life, but I've also been touched and encouraged by the examples of so many others.

      Yes! Amy Carmichael! You may have read it already, but Elisabeth Elliot wrote a beautiful book detailing her life--A Chance to Die: the Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael. I think that you would really, really enjoy it!

      I am so glad that you stopped by and entered the giveaway! The Lord bless you, April!

      (I'll be announcing the winner of the giveaway on Thursday :-))

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    2. Yes, I have it and have returned to it a couple of times. Elisabeth Elliot...another favorite! The more I think about it, I find myself coming up with numerous believers that have really made a difference in my walk with the Lord. Since it can be rather difficult to come up with only one, maybe we should come up with a list of about the top 100 people who have impacted us by way of encouragement, exhortation or loving instruction. I bet it wouldn't be too hard to do. :)

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  4. One of my heroes of faith is the woman who introduced us to each other on the internet - Lilias Trotter. How she became someone I have come to respect, God knows. But it happened. I think maybe she balances out my admiration for Abraham Lincoln (in his last two years of office), Thomas Moore of King Henry the 8th fame, and the biblical Daniel.

    Bonhoeffer's cost of discipleship was deeper and more profound than most people know about, and it is what led to his martyrdom. Joining the Abwehr (German intelligence) Dietrich suffered the shame of appearing to be a Nazi sympathizer, for outwardly he had to go through all the typical Heil Hitler salutes, etc. He joined the Abwehr not because he was a Hitler disciple but just the opposite. High level officials in German intelligence were looking for ways to remove Hitler from power. Bonhoeffer knew that unless this happened the Church would become extinct throughout Europe and perhaps world wide. His access to privy information enabled him to warn the 'confessing church,' those who rejected Hitler's 'apostate church,' of forthcoming persecutions.

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer's thinking and life is a highly recommended study for those who want a deeper appreciation for someone's real life walk with the Savior. There are many, I know, but he is definitely a classic.

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    1. Yes; I agree with you so strongly, Patrick--"Dietrich Bonhoeffer's thinking and life is a highly recommended study for those who want a deeper appreciation for someone's real life walk with the Savior." I remember first hearing one of Bonhoeffer's quotes from this book, and it struck me so powerfully. And of course, when someone's actual walk with Christ in their everyday decisions lines up with what they write, that is the most powerful witness. Certainly, Bonhoeffer's did . . .

      Lilias Trotter--her life speaks so richly--there is a quiet beauty about it--the fragrance of surrender, I think . . . I have been so blessed by her and her writings!

      Your words are always an encouragement, Patrick--the Lord bless you!

      I'm glad that you entered the giveaway; I'll announce a winner on Thursday :-).

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  5. I have felt convicted to try to witness more and I know this book would help to motivate me. I love your blog and thank you for the chance to win this great book. God Bless!!!

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    1. Oh, that is wonderful! Yes, this book definitely encourages boldness in the Lord!

      Thank you so much for your encouragement; I am so glad that you entered the giveaway! I will announce a winner on Thursday :-).

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  6. I've not heard of this book, Rebekah, but it sounds like a compelling read, and though written decades ago, very timely. In a time where sin is no big deal, why would grace be? Christians need to step outside of pop feel-good Christianity, and realize this is serious stuff. If I don't win the giveaway, I may have to purchase this for myself. Blessings!

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    1. Yes; it is a very compelling read, and very timely, as you say--I know that you would really, really enjoy it. It really challenged me . . .

      That is very true--it is very, very serious--discipleship is costly; embracing it brings freedom and joy.

      You are always an encouragement to me, Heather--the Lord bless you! I'll announce a winner of the giveaway on Thursday! :-)

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  7. Dear Mrs. Neal,
    Thank you so much for offering these monthly book giveaways. I would love to win this book. I've read a biography about Dietrich Bonhoeffer before, and his life was fascinating. I've heard many people quote him, and I want to read his book very much.
    Have a joyful day!
    In Christ,
    Ashley

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    1. You're welcome, Ashley!! :-) I love to share about the books that the Lord has used in my life to encourage me toward Jesus . . . these giveaways have been such a blessing to me.

      Yes; his life is truly fascinating. He lived such a powerful example of "costly discipleship" through the grace of God.

      The Lord bless you, Ashley; I'm glad that you entered the giveaway! I will announce a winner on Thursday :-)

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  8. I've heard of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, but don't know a lot about his story. I was challenged by the quotes you shared and would love to win this book. It's always fascinating to me how the testimonies of believers in the past have such meaning, relevance, and application to our lives today.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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    1. Yes; I understand what you mean, Jen! That always fascinates me, too. There is such a rich testimony from the faithful ones who have gone before us.

      I'm glad that you stopped over and entered the giveaway; I'll be announcing a winner tomorrow. The Lord bless you!

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  9. What a worthy topic of further reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer is. Even though I have read a couple of bios and some of his writings, I continually run into new inspiration.

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    1. Yes; I think he is too, Michele! His writings have been such a blessing to me!

      I'm glad that you entered the giveaway! Please check back on Thursday when I announce the winner :-). The Lord bless you!

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  10. I was so blessed by reading Eric Metaxas' book on Bonhoeffer. I've had this on my "want to read" list for some time. Thanks for the encouragement to do it sooner rather than later. I'm visiting today from "Mom's the Word." (Thanks, too, for linking up at Mondays @ Soul Survival.) Have a great week, Rebekah!

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    1. Donna, I haven't gotten to read the book by Eric Metaxas yet, but I would love to as soon as I have the opportunity! It looks like a great read. I know that you would really enjoy this one by Bonhoeffer; it was such a blessing to me.

      I'm so glad that you entered the giveaway; I'll be announcing a winner on Thursday. :-)

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  11. What a wonderful giveaway! Just got my teens started on his writings... I think they're old enough for his wonderful words and spiritual challenges!
    Thanks so much for sharing this at Coffee and Conversation last week, Rebekah! I'm sure you blessed more than a few of our readers...
    Have an awesome week!!

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    1. Pat, I'm sure that they will benefit so much from reading Bonhoeffer! His writings have been such a blessing and encouragement to me in my walk with the Lord.

      Thank you for stopping by and entering the giveaway! I'll be announcing a winner on Thursday. The Lord bless you, Pat!

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  12. I've been moved by so many quotes from this book that I feel like I've read it, but I actually haven't yet. I definitely need to! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!
    Tina

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    1. You're welcome, Tina! It is such a wonderful book! The Lord bless you!

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  13. I would love to read this book as we have listened to an audio book and watched a documentary on Bonhoeffer (both of which were so inspiring!). Thank you for sharing this giveaway on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! P.S. Those quotes you shared were excellent and would still apply to our walk today!!!

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    1. Oh, you're welcome, JES! I agree; Bonhoeffer's life is a great inspiration for us as believers--his quotes are so powerful.

      The Lord bless you, JES!

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  14. This would be a wonderful book to read! Many people in the past have influenced my walk with Christ. George MacDonald in his fiction works demonstrated so vividly how to live out our Christianity in practical ways. G.K.Chesterton and C.S. Lewis have also influenced me as well as Francis and Edith Schaeffer and Os Guinness to name a few. Thanks for sharing this at the #LMMLinkup!

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    1. Oh yes; those are such wonderful examples, Gayl! My sister introduced me more deeply to George MacDonald in recent years and his books have really blessed me. My husband loves G.K. Chesterton--the others you named have given such rich contributions as well.

      Have a very blessed day, Gayl!

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