26 March 2014

Book Review: Life Together

Life Together (1954) by Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a short, densely packed volume of what life and Christian community should look like. This book was published in 1954, nine years after Bonhoeffer was killed by the Nazi regime. In it, however, our series of teachings on living with one another as Christians. He proclaims "Christian community is like the Christian sanctification. It is a gift of God which we cannot claim." One of the things that I really appreciated about this book was how he walks through the rhythms of the day. There's much to aspire to. He calls the Christian to gather in worship in the early morning for hymns, the reading of the word, and prayer. He also talks in a fairly detailed fashion about the importance of the Lord's supper, A sacrament too often ignored in many evangelical churches. I particularly benefited from his chapters on silence and solitude and confession and communion. It seems to me that Bonhoeffer has much to teach us modern-day evangelicals about what the Christian life can or should look like. I would highly recommend this book.

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