Wednesday, December 14, 2011

In Visible Fellowship: A Book Review

About The Book:

Jon Walker engages Bonhoeffer's classic work on Christian life in community, presenting its rich and vital themes for Christians in the twenty-first century. Christians were never meant to live life alone. Only "in visible fellowship" do we learn to love one another and to live like Jesus is real.

Can you go it alone in this world and live out the Christian mission and life? Can you possibly live out the full life Christ promised with all of its power and wonder without the love of the family of God?

In his first book on Bonhoeffer's writings, Costly Grace, Jon Walker gave a contemporary view of The Cost of Discipleship. In this second book, focusing on Bonheoffer’s follow-up book, Life Together, Walker searches deeply into Bonheoffer's classic work to bring us a contemporary view of life in the body of Christ.

In our individualistic culture, Christians learn how to live in communities of love. God is relentless in his command to "love each other in the same way that I have loved you"-personal and up-close, meeting the needs of the undeserving, not attacking their faults.

Walker brings a clear voice and powerful teaching to Bonheoffer's classic work on the church enabling you to understand the great importance of the Body of Christ. Through life together we grow into authentic spiritual maturity. As we live out the life of faith together, the love, forgiveness, and power of Christ literally and visibly comes alive for the world.

About The Author:

Jon Walker has worked closely with Rick Warren for many years, first as a writer/editor at, later as vice president of communications at Purpose Driven Ministries, and then as a pastor at Saddleback Church. He's also served as editor-in-chief of LifeWay's HomeLife magazine and founding editor of Rick Warren's Ministry Toolbox. He is the author of Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship. His articles have appeared in publications and websites around the world. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Learn more about his ministry

My Review:

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to review Jon Walker's Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship and it renewed my interest in the life of Bonhoeffer and his contribution to church history. Recently I had the opportunity to review Walker's most recent release, In Visible Fellowship, A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's Classic Work Life Together.

In Visible Fellowship was incredibly well-written and brings a modern twist on classic Christian writings. Walker writes in a style that is not only easy-to-read, but engaging and applicable to daily life.  The book encourages congregations on how best to live in community. We aren't meant to live alone and that is the point Walker makes in this small (174 pages), but highly effective book. Each chapter is only 2-3 pages, giving a lot of scripture references and thoughts to process, either as individual study or as a small group. After recently going through the Tim Keller study, The Gospel In Life, I was very happy to have read In Visible Fellowship, as they complemented each other. Although I have not read Bonhoeffer's Life Together, I am definitely going to try to read it at some point in 2012, as Walker's book has renewed my interest in his work.

If you are a fan of classic Christian literature in general, and of Bonhoeffer specifically, I highly recommend In Visible Fellowship by Jon Walker. 

I give this book a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase In Visible Fellowship at your favorite bookseller from Leafwood Publishers. It is also available online here.

***I received a complimentary copy of the above book, courtesy of Leafwood Publishers, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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