Book Review: Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Christian faith is best expressed in life together, as opposed to a life lived in isolation. True growth in faith is seen and experienced as we are involved in each others lives. In Dietrich Bonhoeffer's book Life Together, explains why this is. Here are some of the best quotes:

"The physical presence of other Christians is a source of incomparable joy and strength to the believer." (pg. 19)

"It is not the experience of Christian brotherhood, but solid and certain faith in brotherhood that holds us together." (pg. 39)

"It is not our heart that determines our course, but God's Word." (pg. 55)

"It is in fact the most normal thing in the common Christian life to pray together." (pg. 62)

" 'Seek God, not happiness' - this is the fundamental reality of all meditation. If you seek God alone, you will gain happiness: this is its promise." (pg. 84)

"If my sinfulness appears to me to be in any way smaller or less detestable in comparison with the sins of others, I am still not recognizing my sinfulness at all." (pg. 96)

"The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists in listening to them." (pg. 97)

"The second service that one should perform for another in a Christian community is that of active helpfulness. This means, initially, simple assistance in trifling external matters." (pg. 99)

"We speak, third, of the service that consists in bearing others." (pg. 100)

"Where Christians live together the time must inevitably come when in some crisis one person will have to declare God's Word and will to another." (pg. 105)

"The more isolated a person is, the more destructive will be the power of sin over him, and the more deeply he becomes involved in it, the disastrous is his isolation." (pg. 112)

"Mutual, brotherly confession is given to us by God in order that we may be sure of divine forgiveness." (pg. 117)

This book is a great book for help in thinking through community and discipleship. It's a short book that really make you think, I highly recommend you read it. You can get it here.

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