Breakfast with Bonhoeffer: How I Learned to Stop Being Religious So I Could Follow Jesus
While Jon Walker was encountering Bonhoeffer every day as he wrote the books Costly Grace and In Visible Fellowship, he found his world collapsing and his faith faltering. After almost twenty years in ministry, Walker was laid off twice, lost his home and savings, was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, and then his wife filed for divorce just a few days before their twenty-fourth anniversary. Reading like a non-fiction novel with a story both heart-breaking and heart-warming, Walker brings to a new generation the timeless teachings of Bonhoeffer, especially the teaching that calls Jesus’ followers to break free from the tyranny of popular culture and religious thinking. It also offers hope for those who face loss or have been hurt by the economic downturn.
Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship
Costly grace is when we come to the end of ourselves, ready to abandon our current lives in order to give our lives whole-heartedly to Jesus. It comes when it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20). It comes when we submit ourselves to the will of Jesus, doing what he tells us to do day-in-and-day-out, altering our lives in obedience to him. “It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
In Visible Fellowship: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s Classic Work Life Together
Jon Walker engages Bonhoeffer’s classic work on Christian life in community, presenting its rich and vital themes for Christians in the twenty-first century. Christians were never meant to live life alone. Only ”in visible fellowship” do we learn to love one another and to live like Jesus is real. In our individualistic culture, Christians learn how to live in communities of love. God is relentless in his command to ”love each other in the same way that I have loved you”–personal and up-close, meeting the needs of the undeserving, not attacking their faults.
Growing with Purpose: Connecting with God Everyday
Spend a year exploring God’s purpose for your life. This thought-provoking, yet practical one-year devotional will help you understand that God’s grace is the most powerful tool for change in your life. In this time of uncertainty and fear, Growing with Purpose teaches that God’s perfect love drives out all fear. It’s a fresh look at biblical truth that will strengthen your faith and encourage you to trust that God’s promises are as certain as the sun coming up tomorrow. You’ll find yourself reading it over and over again, growing with purpose and in intimate pursuit of God every day.