It took me a long time to read Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship. Not because I’m a slow reader but because it is a dense book and worth taking time to read slowly and chew carefully. Then I procrastinated writing up a review for the same reasons.
It’s another book I borrowed I’m going to have to invest in purchasing for myself. This book has endless passages I would have liked to have underlined and dog-eared or sticky-noted the pages to find later, but it wasn’t my book so I tried to be a good borrower and leave no traces of myself.
Here’s a little sample:
Anger is always an attack on the brother’s life, for it refuses to let him live and aims at his destruction…. Every idle word which we think so little of betrays our lack of respect for our neighbor, and shows that we place ourselves on a pinnacle above him and value our own lives higher than his. The angry word is a blow struck at our brother, a stab at his heart: it seeks to hit, to hurt and to destroy. A deliberate insult is even worse, for we are then openly disgracing our brother…. We are passing judgement on him, and that is murder.
It is well worth reading and I highly recommend it but be warned that it is not an easy, feel-good book. I loved it for exactly that reason. I’ve considered that this book is dense enough to read one chapter at a time and post a reflection on each as I go through it. Probably bore my readers to sleep but be good for me!