Augsburg Fortress

The Collected Sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Collected Sermons of Dietrich BonhoefferThe Collected Sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Preaching, according to Bonhoeffer, is like offering an apple to a child. The gospel is proclaimed, but for it to be received as gift depends on whether or not the hearer is in a position to do so. Offered here are thirty-one of Pastor Bonhoeffer's sermons, in new English translations, which he preached at various times of the year and in a variety of different settings. Each is introduced by Bonhoeffer translator Isabel Best who also provides a brief biography of Bonhoeffer. The foreword is by Victoria J. Barnett, general editor of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, English edition, published by Fortress Press, from which these sermons are selected.

In his preaching, Bonhoeffer's strong, personal faith—the foundation for everything he did—shines in the darkness of Hitler's Third Reich and in the church struggle against it. Though not overtly political, Bonhoeffer's deep concern for the developments in his world is revealed in his sermons as he seeks to draw the listener into conversation with the promises and claims of the gospel—a conversation readers today are invited to join.

  • Course Level Undergraduate
  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780800699048
  • Pages 240
  • Textbook Primary Source Material
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Release Date Jul 1, 2012


"'Bonhoeffer loved to preach,' said his friend and biographer Eberhard Bethge. Here, for the first time in English, is a choice collection of Bonhoeffer's sermons. At once scriptural and engaging the reader personally, the sermons also address public issues faced by those trying to live as Christians in the Third Reich. The enduring freshness and pertinence of the word of God in these human words will challenge and comfort readers now as then."
—Clifford Green
Executive Director, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works English Edition


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