When I come across free resources that are meaningful to me and have played a part in my spiritual life, I like to share them with you, my blogging family.
Christianaudio.com graciously offers one of their quality audiobooks as a free download each month. Along with the free download, they also have a $4.98 sale on a number of related audiobooks that month. This month’s offerings (March, 2020) are worth checking out!
Life Together, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, is a short but rich read. In it he shares out of his own personal experience living in Christian community in an underground seminary in Eastern Prussia during the Nazi years. Most of us, I assume, are not living in some form of Christian cloister, but we are, none-the-less, called to vital, shared-life community as the body of Christ. As one brother who had a great impact on my life as a young believer would say, “We don’t have to all live under the same roof, but we should live in relationship with each other as if we did.” (Jay Ferris) The principles and truths shared by Bro. Bonhoeffer are applicable in intimate intentional community a well as in broader expressions of Christian shared-life community.
Even in this time (as of this post) of coronavirus pandemic, when we are being encouraged to practice social distancing, not gather in groups larger than 10, and in some cases being in mandated lockdown and quarantine, we are still part of a larger community and need to do what we can, even more than ever, to love our neighbor and find ways to live in and strengthen the community of God’s people. For many of us during this time, “life together” will also simply mean living more closely with our natural families beyond what we are normally used to. That, in and of itself can present some unique challenges and offer valuable opportunites for growth and strengthening of family bonds. Whether in more intimate or larger scale context, community is never more needed than in times of crisis and it is in such times that we discover afresh what we have been created for all along! Life Together by Bonhoeffer offers some profound and practical insights for our journey together.
You might also want to check out the other audiobooks that are on sale this month which include, The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This is his classic, in-depth treatise on discipleship in both its individual and collective aspects, including a close examination and application of the Sermon on the Mount. (Believe it or not, this was the first book I ever read as a new believer. It’s amazing that I didn’t spiritually choke to death on the meat in this book as a new-born babe in Christ! It still holds a special place in my heart as one of the most influential books I’ve ever read!)
Also, three others on Christian discipleship in community are offered: Discipleship by A.W. Tozer, True Community by Jerry Bridges, and Life in Community by Dustin Willis.
To check out these offers while they last (month of March, 2020 only) simply follow this link:
Note: You will have to set up an account to download the free audiobook if you don’t have one, but there are no hidden commitments to future purchasing, book clubs, or the like, unless you choose to opt-in. This is a reputable Christian company that places a high value on ministering freely to the body of Christ as part of its purpose and mission.
Finally, for those who may be reading this post after this particular offer is expired, you can still follow the link to see what is presently being offered. Usually they are some pretty great offers! Enjoy!
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