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Breakfast with Bonhoeffer is Jon Walker’s third book based on the life and works of German pastor and theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. His previous books are Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s “The Cost of Discipleship” (2010) and In Visible Fellowship: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s Classic Work “Life Together” (2011).

Chapter two of Breakfast with Bonhoeffer is titled, “Double Vision”. 

…Most of us try to live with one eye on Jesus and one eye on the world. The only thing that does is give us double vision. Following Jesus down the narrow path and through the narrow gate into the Kingdom of Heaven with double vision is more difficult than a drunk trying to stay steady and straight while touching his nose or walking heel-to-toe down the line (33).

…Every step is unstable and unsure. Everything you see is skewed by two images, neither one representing the exact likeness of that at which you are looking (33-34).

…We stumble along, trying to walk a straight line but instead staggering between what is right and what we think is right. And we call this normal; we call this discipleship. I think about this when Bonhoeffer says we should have a singular vision on Jesus. We were never meant to walk with double vision…double vision is unfocused (35).

…Jesus tells us again and again that we have to look past the things of the world into the eternal reality of the Kingdom (37).   

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