Breakfast with Bonhoeffer
By Jon Walker
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: One of my favorite books of the year, “Breakfast with Bonhoeffer” is the story of one man’s struggle to navigate family, financial and emotional hardship in the face of economic downturn, job loss, divorce and mental illness. Honest and often heart-wrenching his stories may leave those desiring simplistic answers to life’s most difficult questions feeling uncomfortable.
But through his journey, Walker has learned that life is uncomfortable, complicated and challenging. Even our most strongly held commitments sometimes crash against the painful realities of life and relationships. In the face of these challenges, Walker doesn’t make excuses or provide pat answers. Instead, he learns and graciously shares with us the counsel of Bonhoeffer’s timeless lessons — that somehow a loving God remains faithful and in Him we find strength, purpose and hope.
Product Description from the Publisher: Reading like a non-fiction novel with a story both heart-breaking and heart-warming, Walker reveals how God used the writings of Bonhoeffer to push him past the Christ-less beliefs and religious thinking that had come to represent his faith.
While Jon Walker was encountering Bonhoeffer every day as he wrote the books Costly Grace and In Visible Fellowship, he found his world collapsing and his faith faltering. After almost twenty years in ministry, Walker was laid off twice, lost his home and savings, was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, and then his wife filed for divorce just a few days before their twenty-fourth anniversary.
Bonhoeffer saw the storms of political upheaval and pressure on Christians coming at warp speed, and he called believers to meet it head on by following Jesus, who bids believers to come and die.
In “Breakfast with Bonhoeffer,” Walker brings to a new generation the timeless teachings of Bonhoeffer, especially the teaching that calls Jesus’ followers to break free from the tyranny of popular culture and religious thinking. It also o!ers hope for those who face loss or have been hurt by the economic downturn.
Publisher: Leafwood Publishers
Pub Date: Sept. 11, 2012
Hardcover: 224 pages
List Price: $14.99