Reading Bonhoeffer: A Guide to His Spiritual Classics and Selected Writings on Peace

By Geffrey B. Kelly

A critical analysis and commentary on some of the most significant writings of the renowned German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

ISBN: 9780227172728


The German theologian Dorothee Soelle once wrote that “Dietrich Bonhoeffer is the one German theologian who will lead us into the third millennium”. Now as we near the end of the first decade of this third millennium, Bonhoeffer continues to inspire new generations of those who have recognised in him a spiritual guide in their actions on behalf of peace and social justice.

The author, Geffrey Kelly, Bonhoeffer scholar and past president of the International Bonhoeffer Society, provides a critical analysis and reading guide to two of Bonhoeffer’s classic spiritual texts.

Reading Bonhoeffer offers a running commentary of each segment of these popular texts along with discussion questions suitable for the university and seminary classroom as well as for parish adult education programs using these two books.

In the final section of the book, Dr Kelly has excerpted and analysed 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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Dimensions203 × 127 mm


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About the Author

Dr Geffrey B. Kelly is Professor of Systematic Theology at La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA. A prolific writer and spiritual guide, he has published eleven books in the fields of theology, ethics and Christian spirituality. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on the theology and spirituality of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.


Foreword by John W. Matthews

1. Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biographical Sketch
2. Reading Bonhoeffer’s Spiritual Classic, Discipleship
3. Life Together: Bonhoeffer on Christian Community
4. Selected Writings on Peace: An Ecumenical Conference and Two Sermons



Endorsements and Reviews

… a fresh, well-written, and compelling introduction.
H. Martin Rumscheidt, Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Reading 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, International Bonhoeffer Society