Item description for The Cost of Moral Leadership: The Spirituality of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Geffrey B. Kelly, F. Burton Nelson & Renate Bethge...
Overview This book probes the spirituality of this modern Christian martyr and shows how his spiritual life formed him into an exceptional moral leader in a period known for grievous immorality. Geffrey Kelly and F. Burton Nelson explore Bonhoeffer's spirituality in the context of his life story, his work for social justice, his Christocentric theology, his emphasis on discipleship, his preaching, and his prolific writing.
Publishers Description Introduction by Renate Bethge
In exploring the spiritual dimensions of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's lifeand writings, this new book not only fills a crucial gap in Bonhoefferstudies but it also brings to the fore those aspects of histhought that can inform and inspire moral leadership today.
"The Cost of Moral Leadership probes the spirituality of thismodern Christian martyr and shows how his spiritual life formedhim into an exceptional moral leader in a period known forgrievous immorality. Geffrey Kelly and F. Burton Nelson exploreBonhoeffer's spirituality in the context of his life story, his work forsocial justice, his Christocentric theology, his emphasis on discipleship, his preaching, and his prolific writing.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Cost of Moral Leadership: The Spirituality of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Geffrey B. Kelly, F. Burton Nelson & Renate Bethge has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 01/01/2003 page 118
Christian Century - 05/31/2003 page 22
Library Journal - 01/15/2003
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.28" Height: 0.83" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Dec 11, 2002
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN 0802805116 ISBN13 9780802805119
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More About Geffrey B. Kelly, F. Burton Nelson & Renate Bethge
Kelly is Professor of Systematic Theology and Chairman of the Department of Religion at La Salle University, Philadelphia.
Geffrey B. Kelly currently resides in Philadelphia, in the state of Pennsylvania.
Geffrey B. Kelly has published or released items in the following series...
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A man of steadfast faith in perilous times Jun 25, 2003
I am writing as a layman, interested in Bonhoeffer's story ever since discovering his "Letters and Papers From Prison," which moved me deeply when I first read it more than a decade ago. I spent much of a year attempting to translate that book into a full-length play, and in the process became more familiar with it, eventually concluding that for a lay audience, his story is too ineffably sad. After a couple of readings, I put it away. I understand that there has been a growing outpouring of scholarship devoted to Bonhoeffer in the years since then, and this book has been my first encounter with it. Having said all that, I'd like to express my appreciation to the authors for their effort to shed a new, welcome light on Bonhoeffer's life and work.
In a world and at a time when movie stars and new age advocates speak easily of "spirituality," it was brave for the authors to characterize their perspective on Bonhoeffer with this word. While admitting in the introduction that they could not settle on a definition of the term themselves, they proceed to discuss the various aspects of Bonhoeffer's life, actions, and faith in terms of his devotion to Jesus Christ. In exploring the evidence of his living faith, in word and deed, they represent Bonhoeffer as an example of moral leadership in a specific time and place in human history. And the result is to make this somewhat enigmatic man and his ideas more accessible for us today.
What comes across for me most strongly in the book is how much Bonhoeffer's writings and actions were a direct response to the Nazi government and the acquiesence of the German Lutheran Church. The issues that drive what he has to say reflect specific actions and policies of the government and the inaction of the church, which allowed its authority to be coopted by Hitler and the rising tide of German nationalism. The concept of "cheap grace" in "The Cost of Discipleship" is not an abstraction but a direct reference to the church's real lack of moral leadership at a time when resistance to the Nazi regime was most needed.
The book portrays the personal drama of a man who kept his personal life very private (one cannot imagine him on a talk show discussing his "spirituality"). The authors give us glimpses of his private world in reports of those who remember him, but nowhere is the private man seen so openly as in his intimate letters to Bethge and in the prison poems, which the authors devote the last chapter to. Here we find both the tentativeness behind his outward courage and the depth of his devotion to his chief source of strength. I have found this book very readable and recommend it to anyone with a basic knowledge of Bonhoeffer and a curiosity about how this man lived out his faith and remained steadfast to the end.