For Father’s Day Leah got me the best possible presents she could have chosen: 2 books off of my Amazon Wish List and a vinyl record that I had been wanting. She is the best. One of those books was Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
In case you don’t know about Bonhoeffer, he was a pastor in Germany during Nazi rule. He was one of the leading Christian voices that stood up against Hitler and the Nazi regime. His dissent led him to attempt several assassination attempts of Hitler and eventually led to his execution.
This book was written while he was gleading an illegal seminary for young pastors who were being trained for ministry in the hostile nation. Life Together explores what Christian community looks like and what is expected from people who choose to obey the commandment to live in community. Because of the hostile situation that Bonhoeffer lived in, there are few modern authors who would more qualified than him to write on the subject.
As we are transitioning to Boston where we are going to be a part of a Christian community she thought that this would be a great time for us to read it. She was right.
I was tempted to go through the book and draw great points and quotes out for this. I don’t really have the patience for that right now. I would like to encourage you to read Life Together, though. It is filled with great concepts and guidelines for Christian community.
He goes through the importance of community, a breakdown of a day in community, the importance of solitude while in community, different ways you can be a minister while in your community, and the importance of confession. Every section is filled with great wisdom that can be applied to even the most basic forms of community.
I would honestly suggest that every Christian should read this, regardless of if you see yourself in a Christian community or not. If you have one Christian friend, you are in a Christian community.
I would caution you, though, that this book has such dense truth and wisdom that it should be read slowly in installments and then reflected upon. It would be difficult to read the entire book quickly and still digest everything.