Book Review: The Cost of Discipleship


Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Discipleship, or the Cost of Discipleship, deserves to be read, primarily for Unknownthe first section on grace and discipleship. Bonhoeffer challenged my thinking in regards to radically pursuing Christ. The second section of the book proved to be encouraging, though I am not sure that I quite agree how Bonhoeffer uses the text of the Beatitudes. His conclusions are great, I’m just not sure if I would get there the same way. The final section, the Church, proved to be a bit more difficult to read. This section seemed ethereal, because he uses language that is not concrete in describing the nature of the church. I believe that this section reveals that Bonhoeffer’s Christology is not quite evangelical. However, because I had difficulty interpreting all that he was communicating in this section, I hesitate making that claim based on the last section of this book.

I encourage reading The Cost of Discipleship because I believe that great portions of the book will challenge thinking and stimulate spiritual meditations. I do understand that  Eric Metaxas’s work has done much to claim Bonhoeffer for the conservative theologians, making it fairly dislikable to speak negatively of Bonhoeffer; however, do seek to take note of Bonhoeffer’s theology, because, at times, he strays from an evangelical understanding of the faith.

3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Cost of Discipleship

  1. Great review! I’ve been working my way through this book, and Bonhoeffer’s theology and arguments are definitely difficult to fully grasp at times. “Costly Grace” has been my favorite section by far–to me, it’s been a much needed reminder about the radical call of Christ. Thanks for your thoughts on the book.

    • Thanks for your comments! It’s amazing that despite all the confusion in Bonhoeffer, he speaks clearly in so many needed ways. Thanks for reading and may Bonhoeffer’s writings bless your walk with Christ.

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