Sunday, November 14, 2010

Review: Costly Grace by Jon Walker


In 1937, on the threshold of Nazi Germany s war on the world, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote what turned out to be one of the most influential books of the century, The Cost of Discipleship. In it, he challenged the flabby faith and compromises of German Christians, famously writing, When Christ calls a man he bids him come and die. Now, seventy-three years after the book was first published, Jon Walker writes Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship.

Walker brings to a new generation the timeless message of Bonhoeffer against the background of today's political upheaval and societal change and what it means to those who claim to follow Christ's teachings.


  • Pub. Date: October 2010
  • Publisher: Abilene Christian University Press

The Elliott Review:

Costly Grace is a modern revisiting of Dietrich Boenhoeffer's classic book, The Cost of Discipleship. I have wanted to read that book for a long time but haven't had the chance. I feel that this book has given me a basic understanding of those principles and so much more. This is not a read for those who are faint of spiritual heart - it's for those who want to re-examine their faith and analyze why they are doing what they're doing what they're doing. The most challenging concept for me was the idea that suffering can be used by God to help grow our faith

The book has an analysis of the each topic from The Cost of Discipleship with modern commentary and extensive quotes, and the end of each chapter has a practical application for the principle being dealth with. There is a list of self-talk items that show "Fallen Thinking" and then another that show what a spirit driven perspective would do to deal with it.

Source: Thanks to TBB Media for providing a copy of this book for review.

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