Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Ps. 133:1)

I’ve recently had an urge to put together a reading list; not in a “come join my book club” sort of way, but rather a “if you read, which you really should, these are worth reading” sort of way. I hope to introduce you to ‘new’ (but perhaps also very old) books that you may or may not have read before.

This list is, functionally speaking, going to apply mainly to our congregation at Living Hope, and so it is called the “Living Hope LBC Reading List.” I hope that our members will find this list a helpful reference for good reading! However, if you’re reading this and you’re not part of our congregation, pick these up anyways–they’re definitely worth your time and reflection! I will write little blurbs and/or reviews about these books on this blog. There will be posts both to introduce the book, and to review/react to it. The first book on the list has been inspired by our church’s bi-weekly Bible Study.

So, (though my own various social media posts for the church might dispute me)… Book 1 on the Living Hope LBC Reading List is: “Life Together” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

A little bit about the first book, Life Together:

“From the Back Cover

After his martyrdom at the hands of the Gestapo in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer continued his witness in the hearts of Christians around the world. His Letters and Papers from Prisonbecame a prized testimony to Christian faith and courage, read by thousands. Now in Life Together we have Pastor Bonhoeffer’s experience of Christian community. This story of a unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years reads like one of Paul’s letters. It gives practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups. The role of personal prayer, worship in common, everyday work, and Christian service is treated in simple, almost biblical, words.  Life Together is bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship.”

We’ve been using Bonhoeffer’s classic work on Christian community as a supplement and guide to studying what various sections of Scripture teach about living with one another, relating to each other, & being one as the Body of Christ.

Bonhoeffer stresses that the reality of our relationship to God is what determines our relationship to one another. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Ps. 133:1)” Why do we resist such a wonderful gift from God? 

Why indeed…

More to come for the Living Hope LBC Reading List!

by pastor nick.

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