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Meditations on the Cross

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The cross and the resurrection were central themes for Bonhoeffer's theology. These excerpts from sermons and letters contain his personal and faithful words about the crucifixion and the power of the cross for all Christians. Meditations on the Cross is ideal for devotional reading and personal reference.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Westminster John Knox Press
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Sep 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Selections from Bonhoeffer’s sermons and writings as well as letters written while he was in prison during World War II. The chapter on Judas is worth the price of the book alone… which includes Bonhoeffer pointing out that, “Jesus himself had called and chosen Judas! That is the real mystery, for Jesus knew from the beginning who would betray him.”
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book had been sitting in my to-read pile for a long time, but the very unusual covid-impacted Eastertide seemed the appropriate time to read it.

It's a small book, and yet not a quick read for it's size. Bonhoeffer was a German theologian, and it shows. Much like the Apostle Paul, his writings require some reflection to fully grasp. It is notable that both men wrote complex thoughts in another language—Paul in Koiné Greek, Bonhoeffer in German. It does not demean the translators to say that
Robert Clay
Mar 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
The "meditations" are selections from the sermons, writings, and personal correspondence of Bonhoeffer. Many of them are excerpts from his time in prison during the Third Reich, taking a stand that led ultimately to his martyrdom. The selections deal not only with the cross and passion, but with Easter and resurrection, as well. I used it as a devotion during the Lenten and Easter seasons, and found Bonhoeffer's insights into the uniqueness and centrality of the Resurrection to be particularly p ...more
Joy Wilson
Always full of life changing thoughts and insights

Though a short book, it is full of deep insights to the meaning of the cross. I am always amazed at how Bonhoeffer sees things I miss and how deeply he understands God and His relationship to me. There are some very short thoughts or sermons, but they are so deep you could ponder the implications for days. Will reread this to mine it for more understanding of Jesus.
Apr 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Man! I think Bonhoeffer is probably one of the most insightful writers of modern times. He just simply got it! This was a fabulous little gem of a book. So amazingly spot on to what the Christian life is all about. Solidified my opinion that Bonhoeffer was dedicated to the cross!
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This was a devotional I needed to read slowly and ruminate on. Bonhoeffer speaks truth so clearly and always points us to Christ. I haven't been disappointed yet in any of his writings.
Peggy K.
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bonhoeffer! What a divinely blessed mind. That about sums it up. Wonderful book to reflect on and ruminate over during the Easter season.
Scott Rushing
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
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This book is aptly titled — it is a collection of sermons, letters, and other writings by Bonhoeffer, all centered around the subject of the cross. I highly recommend the sermon from April 1928. The entire book is worth it for that one text. This is a helpful introduction to Bonhoeffer for new readers, although there is a surprising dearth of notes by the editor.
Sherry Elmer
This is a good collection of Bonhoeffer’s writing about the Cross from a variety of sources. Some chapters are from his books, but there are also sermon texts and excerpts from personal letters, things that I normally wouldn't have access to.

I would read anything Bonhoeffer wrote.
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I love these excerpts..especially the one titled "Conversion" and the one on Judas
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor and theologian. He was also a participant in the German Resistance movement against Nazism, a founding member of the Confessing Church. His involvement in plans by members of the Abwehr (the German Military Intelligence Office) to assassinate Adolf Hitler resulted in his arrest in April 1943 and his subsequent execution by hanging in April 1945, sho ...more

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