Dorothee Soelle once wrote, “Dietrich Bonhoeffer is the one German theologian who will lead us into the third millennium.” Today, Bonhoeffer continues to inspire new generations as a spiritual guide for their actions on behalf of peace and social justice. This book by Geffrey Kelly provides a critical analysis and reading guide to two of his spiritual classics, Discipleship and Life Together. Reading Bonhoeffer offers a running commentary on each segment of these popular texts, along with discussion questions suitable for the university and seminary classroom, as well as parish adult-education programs. In a final section of the book, Kelly excerpts and analyzes three significant texts by Bonhoeffer on the need for world peace against the rising militarism and continued glorification of war in Germany and other European nations.
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- Brief biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- Commentary on each segment of two Bonhoeffer classics
- Foreword by John W. Matthews
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biographical Sketch
- On Reading Bonhoeffer’s Spiritual Classic, Discipleship
- Life Together: Bonhoeffer on Christian Community
- Selected Writings on Peace: An Ecumenical Conference and Two Sermons
Praise for the Print Edition
Geffrey Kelly fuses personal characteristics that define him—deep sensitivity for spirituality, ecumenical openness and knowledge, the discipline of individual and communal practice of devotion, a sharp eye for contextuality, and his unmistakable Irish passion—and mingles them into this study of two widely acclaimed works by Bonhoeffer. The combination of those elements, and his intimate knowledge of the literature by and on Bonhoeffer, make for a fresh, well-written, and compelling introduction . . . and highlight Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s relevance for living in today’s context as followers of Christ.
—H. Martin Rumscheidt, emeritus professor of historical theology, University of Windsor, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reading Bonhoeffer—both vintage Kelly and vintage Bonhoeffer—will serve to introduce yet another generation to this important voice from the church’s immediate past. Specialists and those looking for an introduction to Bonhoeffer’s faith and witness, as well as the average Christian seeking to grow in faith, will benefit from this text. In this presentation, both Bonhoeffer’s and Kelly’s passion for Christian discipleship comes through.
—H. Gaylon Barker, vice president, International Bonhoeffer Society, English Language Section
Geffrey Kelley, a prolific writer in the field of theology and religion, has now provided what I think is his best and most helpful work in spirituality—a work useful for ordinary readers as well as scholars in living their own daily lives.
—Charles W. Sensel, emeritus board member, International Bonhoeffer Society, English Language Section
- Title: Reading Bonhoeffer: A Guide to His Spiritual Classics and Selected Writings on Peace
- Author: Geffrey B. Kelly
- Series: Cascade Companions
- Publisher: Wipf & Stock
- Publication Date: 2009
- Pages: 198
About Geffrey B. Kelly
Geffrey B. Kelly is a professor of systematic theology at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Best known for his research and publications on the theology and spirituality of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Kelly is past president of the International Bonhoeffer Society, English Language Section. The present book is the offshoot of his editorial work for the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, English Edition—the new translations and critical editions of the collected writings of Bonhoeffer. Among his recent works on Bonhoeffer are Liberating Faith, The Cost of Moral Leadership, and A Testament to Freedom.