Bonhoeffer, Life Together

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community. Harper, 1978.

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LifeandLeadership.com Summary

It is hard to overstate the influence of this book as an expression of the meaning of Christian community. Virtually all responsible works on pastoral theology, missiology, or ecclesiology written since Bonhoeffer either reference him directly or are influenced by him. Written out of his experience of leading an underground seminary during the rise of the Nazi regime in pre-WWII Germany, it is one of the most inspiring pictures of Christian community ever written.

From the Publisher

After his martyrdom at the hands of the Gestapo in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer continued his witness in the hearts of Christians around the world. His Letters and Papers from Prison became a prized testimony to Christian faith and courage, read by thousands. Now in Life Together we have Pastor Bonhoeffer’s experience of Christian community. This story of a unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years reads like one of Paul’s letters. It gives practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups. The role of personal prayer, worship in common, everyday work, and Christian service is treated in simple, almost biblical, words. Life Together is bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship.

About the Author

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) has captured the imagination of people everywhere through his life and books, including Life Together and Letters and Papers from Prison. He was imprisoned by the Nazis and executed by them in 1945 for his stalwart resistance to Hitler.

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