Jon Walker comes out swinging with his timely book Costly Grace. This book is subtitled “A contemporary view of Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship,” and it makes Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s challenging book come alive for a whole new generation.
“Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the Cross.” —Dietrich Bonhoeffer
If you have previously read Bonhoeffer’s classic work, you will appreciate the way Jon makes The Cost Of Discipleship understandable to this generation. He does this with watering down Bonhoeffer’s tone at all.
If you haven’t read The Cost Of Discipleship, Jon’s book should be just the primer you need to dive into Bonhoeffer.
In either case, be prepared: Costly Grace is no easy read. You will probably feel like your toes are being stepped on, and that Jon (and Bonhoeffer) are being too unreasonably difficult. This is a serious read for serious disciples of Jesus Christ. So if you are ready to step into a more mature walk with Christ, Costly Grace is an excellent place to start.
I am an ACU Press/Leafwood Publishers book reviewer.
August 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm
I’ve heard of Bonhoeffer, and from the book review it sounds very similar to Watchman Nee, who always “came out swinging!” As I share this precept often on Facebook, of ‘taking up our cross,’ as a direct military issue by our Captain and clearly not only His, but our WEAPON AGAINST OUR FLESH, I will most likely purchase this book, altho I’m not given at all to reading any writer past about the mid-20th century! ;):
August 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm
I hear you, Linda. I like to read the “old guys” too!
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