Saturday, October 30, 2010

Book Tour: Costly Grace

Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship is a 90 day devotional that will knock you out of your comfort zone. I have had my copy just a few days, and it already has made in impact. My favorite thing is that each of the 28 chapters in this book are titled "Becoming Like Jesus in ....". Since I have been talking to some people recently about issues they are having, and offering suggestions for ways to help people in need, I skipped ahead and started with the chapter on Forgiving Enemies. My second favorite thing about this book is costs listed at the end of each chapter. One comparison I will share here is this:

Fallen Thinking: "I will love others when they deserve it, appreciate it, respond well to it, etc."
Kingdom Thinking: "I will lover others because they need it."

There are several more just like that for this, and every other chapter. This devotional is not for people who are not open to change, because it will certainly rock your world. The only complaint I could say is that it is called a 90 day devotional, but is written into 28 chapters, not numbered by days, as in Day 1: Devotion. However, I do see how it could take 90 days to work through this. Taking the time to read and absorb the message as you go through it. I have included the press release also for you to enjoy.

***While B&B Media was kind enough to send me a complementary copy of this book for review purposes only, they did not require a positive review, and all opinions expressed are 100% mine. If you'd like to purchase your own copy of Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship it is available now at Amazon and other retailers.***

An Examination of the High Cost of Grace
A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship

Add to cartIn 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 has written Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship. Although Bonhoeffer’s book still has a loyal readership, it has not been adequately viewed through the eyes of the twenty-first century. 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, challenging contemporary teachings and lifestyles.

Grace is a foundational doctrine for Christians, yet it is one of the most misunderstood. Bonhoeffer watched as many used the doctrine of grace as an excuse to do whatever they wanted, and in response, he wrote his classic work on what it truly means to follow Jesus. We cheapen grace, he declared, when we use it to compromise our behavior or to lower the standards of God’s Word. In a modern retelling of this Christian classic, Walker explains what Bonhoeffer meant when he taught that grace is free but will cost us everything.

“Bonhoeffer called for a return to ‘costly grace,’ to a recognition that God’s grace comes at the cost of Christ’s passion. Grace is free, but it demands a disciple’s whole life, not just partial obedience to the commands of Christ. Bonhoeffer’s message resonates with our time of instability and insecurity,” Walker explains. “We’re tempted to compromise in order to keep things as they have been, but the cost of discipleship requires that our loyalty be only to Christ and Christ alone. Where our behavior is at odds with our belief, God requires we be ruthless in letting go of the things that entangle us and keep us from becoming just like Jesus.”

Costly Grace is a clear call to discipleship, reminding us what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, and makes the doctrine of grace understandable and practical. Following Bonhoeffer’s example, Walker has anchored this book around an expository study of Matthew 5–7, including the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount. As such, Costly Grace is an excellent resource for small group curriculum or congregation-wide study.

Also set to release in October is the Costly Grace 90-Day Devotional. The companion devotional is dedicated to bringing home to the heart of every Christian the vital call that Bonhoeffer made in his book and that Walker now makes in his. What decisions do we need to act on to walk the road Jesus shows us? Who is it we are called to love and forgive? And why is it imperative that the Beatitudes become our way of life? These are just some of the challenges that Walker helps us tackle in his valuable guide.

Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship by Jon Walker
ISBN 978-0-89112-676-8/224 pages/softcover/$15.99
Costly Grace 90-Day Devotional
Publish Post
ISBN 978-0-89112-677-5/224 pages/softcover/$13.99
Leafwood Publishers, October 2010 ~

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