“Bonhoeffer” by Eric Metaxas in 4 points
Bonhoeffer is a magnificent 600+ page book by Eric Metaxas on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It’s simply one of the best books I have encountered, mostly because it has deeply formed my view of how a true Christian lives this life on earth. It wasn’t merely interesting to read; the book was challenging and evaluating my life as I read it…and that is a masterful kind of book.
I’ve summarized the book into four main takeaways:
1. Live what you believe. Bonhoeffer’s life was completely in sync with what he preached, and we absolutely need more people like him. Actions must follow beliefs – without action you don’t believe it. “Bonhoeffer was a person about whom one had the feeling that he was completely whole. A man who believes in what he thinks and does what he believes in.” He had a fearless readiness to act on his convictions. Courage is born from love. Love is the root of Bonhoeffer’s courage.
2. Genuine Christianity is Jesus-centered and about the heart. Develop an intimate relationship with Christ. Invest deeply in Him. Follow Him with every ounce of your being in every moment in every part of your life. It was so helpful to see such a powerful man of God do the simple, relational things that are so hard to do sometimes. Get alone with God. Talk to Him. Read His Word. Stick close to Him. It’s simple: care about Him.Care about your relationship.
3. Don’t fear man; fear God. Don’t answer to man and obey man; answer to God and obey God. Don’t seek the voice of other; seek the voice of the Lord. Listen to God, not men. Follow God’s path at all costs. To the end.
4. Be serious AND playful. Throughout the course of his life, even while on death row, Bonhoeffer didn’t lose his humorous outlook. So many people take themselves too seriously. And in a book where one man follows God to his own death, keeping his humor in it all is quite the statement on his character.
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