The Cost of Discipleship

The Cost of Discipleship

One of the most important theologians of the twentieth century illuminates the relationship between ourselves and the teachings of Jesus in this classic text on ethics, humanism, and civic duty.

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.

Title:The Cost of Discipleship
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780684815008
Format Type:

    The Cost of Discipleship Reviews

  • Dwight Davis

    I went into Discipleship thinking that I would really hate it. I love the early academic theology of Bonhoeffer, and I'm really interested in Bonhoeffer studies, but I figured that a book couldn't be ...

  • Werner

    Note, Feb. 23, 2021: I've just edited this to correct one typo.Although I had a vague memory, when the Christian Goodreaders group chose this book as a common read, of having read some of Bonhoeffer's...

  • Sandy Ferguson

    Where does one begin?This is a book that will profoundly change your understanding about what it means to be a person of faith in the world. Bonhoeffer challenges us to look beyond the values of this ...

  • booklady

    Listened to the audio version of this book and found it very compelling. It challenged me in ways I didn't know I needed challenging, which is why it earns 5 stars from me. As a lifelong cultural Cath...

  • Brett

    This book will mess you up, and you will be better for it - at least it should. Bonhoeffer combats what he coins "cheap grace" (i.e., grace with no demand, no cost, no cross). He demonstrates that the...

  • Mike

    I have spent most of my life attending what are generally called the mainline Protestant denominations in the US. I grew up in the United Methodist Church and I'm now a PCUSA Presbyterian. I have hear...

  • Amy

    It took me about two years to read this one. I would pick it up, pause to meditate on a profound line, misplace the book, find it weeks later, read a little more, pause to mediate, lose it again...I'm...

  • Khari

    Well, I finished.It took me a long time, and I essentially have no idea what I just read, but I finished. How can I find the biography of Bonhoeffer so much more meaningful than the primary documents ...

  • Barry

    This book is chock full of wisdom and deeply profound insights, but it took me almost two months to get through it simply because its readability is quite low. Perhaps this is because of the translati...

  • Natalie Weber

    Ever since reading the remarkable Bonhoeffer biography by Eric Metaxas last year, I’ve been eager to read more of Bonhoeffer’s own writings. Discipleship is of particular interest to me, so I deci...