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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10,663 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN:
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What can the call to discipleship, the adherence to the word of Jesus, mean today to the businessman, the soldier, the laborer, or the aristocrat? What did Jesus mean to say to us? What is his will for us today? Drawing on the Sermon on the Mount, Dietrich Bonhoeffer answers these timeless questions by providing a seminal reading of the dichotomy between cheap grace and costly grace. Cheap grace, Bonhoeffer wrote, is the grace we bestow on ourselves...grace without discipleship....Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the girl which must be asked for, the door at which a man must know....It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life.

The Cost of Discipleship is a compelling statement of the demands of sacrifice and ethical consistency from a man whose life and thought were exemplary articulations of a new type of leadership inspired by the Gospel, and imbued with the spirit of Christian humanism and a creative sense of civic duty. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mad_Maudie | 2/19/2014

    " I added several quotes from this, and it's certainly worth reading; however, in my opinion, the writing (perhaps the translation?) got a bit dry at times and bordered on pedantic. I'm glad I stuck with it, but honestly, I'm also glad I finished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 83freeman | 2/15/2014

    " Top shelf! Intensive reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Patton | 2/7/2014

    " challenging. peter had to hey out of the boat "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/2/2014

    " My third favorite book of all time. One of the most formative and beautiful theological works I have ever read. Thanks be to God for this man's life and literary work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carissa Norris | 1/30/2014

    " This will really make you think about what it means to follow Christ with all you are. Challenging, but well worth the it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/27/2014

    " Written by a man who went through the Holocaust. A humbling reflection of what it really means to be a Christian. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick Nafziger | 1/23/2014

    " Read this a long time ago, but I remember thinking it was really good. It's one I could probably read every so often. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim George | 1/19/2014

    " Intellectual Christian reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxanne | 1/19/2014

    " read years ago, horrible to think he died in a concentration camp and kept praying to the end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Logan Lee | 12/18/2013

    " It was tough to slog through because Bonhoeffer is relentless and takes no breaks. It will go down as one of the most impactful books I've ever read in my faith journey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lela | 12/16/2013

    " The costly grace vs. cheap grace chapter is what impacted me the most. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judi | 12/15/2013

    " One of the best books I have ever read. The depth of thought has stimulated me to consider aspects of the Christian life that I had not considered before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 12/10/2013

    " A Christian classic--if we all modeled our Christian lives on this book we would truly change the world as we know it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca Harris | 11/21/2013

    " I love Bonhoeffer. This book is thick and a thinker but so worth your time!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 11/9/2013

    " Amazing book - but it's very mind-bending to read and takes a while to get through . . . which is why it's four stars (because I had to go back and keep re-reading the difficult passages) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany Dirksen | 10/6/2013

    " Not a super "readable" book because there is so much content, but it is amazing stuff. This guy is great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mad Russian the Traveller | 4/17/2013

    " There is so much profundity in this book, I shall have to read it more than once in short order. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 3/16/2013

    " Amazing book- I read it late in high school and am reminded of it every time I read the beatitudes. What a challenging book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harriette | 12/13/2012

    " Bonhoeffer is brilliant even in translation. His way of pointing us back to the meaning of following Jesus was both refreshing and practical. When we are truly following the Master, we don't have any interest in self-congratulation. I definitely have room to grow... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 12/8/2012

    " This book breaks down much of Jesus's sermons in Matthew and encourages you to live a life fully devoted to Jesus. It can be a little deep and theological at times, but is worth a read (possibly multiple). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dm Holden | 10/11/2012

    " The Cost of Discipleship is essential to the Christian library, and a must read for any true disciple. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 8/18/2012

    " I've read this several times, but re-read it again recently. Cheap grace vs costly grace - gets me everytime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Ivaska | 6/7/2012

    " Tough read on several levels. Very challenging. Worth engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marge | 12/29/2011

    " This book was difficult for me to read. The theology was just too tough for an ordinary person to wade through, but there certainly were many thoughts and examples that I enjoyed and want to remember. Bonhoeffer was a great theologian and disciple of the Lord. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary M. | 11/7/2011

    " Bonhoeffer reminds us that to be a bondservant of Christ is to die. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 8/16/2011

    " Not an easy read, but very thought-provoking "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 7/29/2011

    " Very thought provoking... especially considering that he was martyred for his faith. He walked what he talked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Buratovich | 6/23/2011

    " A classic that will outlive itself and me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad | 5/18/2011

    " This book definitely made me rethink the way I live my life. It said to me: either live simply and humbly for God like you really believe it, or just quit pretending and go have a good time.

    I working for the former. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 5/15/2011

    " I love how he continually speaks of being crucified with Christ. The fact that being a Christian means to give your whole life to Christ is always an encouraging, yet hard word. Die die die, so you can live in Christ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca | 4/25/2011

    " I love Bonhoeffer. This book is thick and a thinker but so worth your time!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 3/2/2011

    " One of my all time favorite books on Discipleship. Bonhoeffer lived out the ideas he espoused in the book and it is challenging to think if I am doing the same. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Logan | 2/21/2011

    " It was tough to slog through because Bonhoeffer is relentless and takes no breaks. It will go down as one of the most impactful books I've ever read in my faith journey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/16/2011

    " I've heard a lot of really great things about this book and I have to say I was kind of disappointed. I didn't think it was as theologically profound as everyone else did. I am impressed with what he endured, of course, but the theology itself wasn't anything new. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 1/28/2011

    " I liked a few chapters in Part II. Overall, I'm not really sure how grace can be "costly" as Bonhoeffer says, since the word grace comes from the same word as gift, and a gift is always free. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah_kleefeld | 1/10/2011

    " My favorite quote from the book. "When Christ calls a man he bids him come and die."

    The book brings to light the truth of a righteous walk with God and how truly hard it is to be one of his disciples. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 11/19/2010

    " One of the best books I've read about a person living out their faith during World War II "

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About the Author
Author Dietrich BonhoefferDietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945) was a major writer and thinker in Germany between the wars. His many books of theology are still read and as influential among contemporary evangelical believers as the work of C. S. Lewis and Billy Graham. They include such works as The Cost of Discipleship, Letters and Papers from Prison, Ethics, Life Together, and Christ the Center. In 1939 he refused to take the loyalty oath to Adolf Hitler. Shortly after that he was invited to participate in a plot to assassinate Hitler. He was eventually caught, imprisoned, and executed.
About the Narrator

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code, winning more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.