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Author(s): Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Samuel Wells
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Life Together, originally written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer as a reflection and rule of life during his time as leader of the illegal seminary of the Confessing Church in Finkenwalde (Eastern Prussia) in the 1930s, is one of the classic texts of twentieth-century spirituality. Since its first publication in German in 1939, it has influenced Christian individuals can communities in their thinking of what it means to live a life before God. First published by SCM Press in 1954, it is now reissued with a Foreward by Samuel Wells.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor and theologian born in 1906. He was Head of the illegal seminary of the Confessing Church in Finkenwalde and was killed by the Nazis in 1945.
SAMUEL WELLS is Vicar of St Martin in the Fields, London, and is the author and editor of many acclaimed books including What Anglicans Believe, God’s Companions (shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey Prize) and Power and Passion, the 2007 Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book. Previously he was Dean of Chapel and Research Professor of Christian Ethics at Duke University, North Carolina, and has worked closely with Stanley Hauerwas.
'Life Together may seem a book locked in its time. If you assume a treatment of community should have a finer awareness of gender, and not assume male singleness as the norm; if you are quick to pick up assumptions of class and leisure; if community seems a cover for sublimated urgings of sexuality, in ways Bonhoeffer is ignorant of or chooses to ignore; then this may not be the book for you. But if you are looking for knowledge of God rooted in deep knowledge of the self; for paths in which other people can be invitations into grace rather than obstacles to holiness; and for a way to build Christian community that is true enough to withstand the onslaughts of persecution, terror and destruction, then you are about to read possibly the finest handbook available to Christians of how to live as the body of Christ. It is perhaps the most succinct legacy of Bonhoeffer's remarkable witness.' -- Samuel Wells, Vicar of St Martin in the Fields, London