Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a pastor and theologian who lived and ministered during the reign of Third Reich Germany and Adolph Hitler. He was a leader in the effort to keep the church from the distortions and heresy of the Third Reich and what came to be known as German Christians. He was instrumental in the beginning of what was known as the Confessing Church in Germany and in the resistance against Hitler. He was imprisoned and later executed for his part in one of the many plots to assassinate Hitler. A compelling and inspiring figure, his book The Cost of Discipleship is widely read.
This book is a compelling statement of the demands of sacrifice and ethical consistency from a man whose life and thought were exemplary articulations of a new type of leadership inspired by the Gospel, and imbued with the spirit of Christian civic duty.