An independent religious publisher with a wide array of offerings, The Plough Publishing House has been the literary mouthpiece of the Bruderhof, an international movement of Christian communities, since the 1920s. With a longstanding reputation for high-quality books, our catalogue is comprised of spiritual classics, devotional collections, seasonal anthologies, and titles that address specific topics from a biblical perspective, including prayer, illness and death, forgiving, child-rearing, sex and marriage, economic justice, and community.
Plough is well known as the supplier of choice for churches, religious non-profits, and other organizations looking to purchase large quantities of low-priced books for distribution at retreats, workshops, conferences, prayer breakfasts, and the like. (To learn about our involvement in a program promoting non-violent conflict resolution in schools, visit www.breakingthecycle.com.)
An integral part of the Bruderhof, the religious community that stands behind it, Plough is not merely a publisher but a forum, or gathering place of ideas, for writers and readers who seek to live by Jesus' teachings. In a culture of competing theologies and often contradictory religious outlooks, Plough books encourage a simple, practical way of discipleship.
With its roots in post-World War I Europe, Plough is almost 100 years old. Its history, like the history of the Bruderhof, has been shaped by the political upheavals of the 20th Century; its growth has been haphazard; its program marked both by award-winning bestsellers and little-known gems. In the last ten years, it has focused on making many of its resources accessible online, for free.
Given the volatile nature of the publishing industry and the book-buying market, it is anyone's guess what Plough will look like another decade from now. One thing will not change, however: our commitment to nurturing (and hopefully challenging and stretching) every reader who hungers for real food – that is, everyone who seeks guidance and direction in the ageless truths of the Gospel.
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