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When Heinrich Arnold was seven, his parents Eberhard and Emmy Arnold and their five children left a bourgeois life in Berlin for a dilapidated villa in the German village of Sannerz, where they founded the Bruderhof, a Christian community based on Jesus’ teachings in the Sermon on the Mount.
As a young man, Heinrich Arnold refused to serve in Hitler's armed forces and was forced to flee Germany. He studied agriculture in Zurich, Switzerland, and in 1936 married Annemarie Wächter, a kindergarten teacher and fellow Bruderhof member.
In 1938 they moved to England, where Heinrich managed the community’s farm. (The community had by then been expelled from Nazi Germany.) In 1941 the community was forced to emigrate to South America. In 1954, Heinrich Arnold and his family moved to the fledgling Woodcrest Community in Rifton, New York, the first of many Bruderhof communities in North America. From 1962 until his death, Heinrich Arnold served as elder and pastor of the growing movement, guiding its communities through times of crisis and renewal, and pointing again and again to Jesus Christ.
Homage to a Broken Man: The Life of J. Heinrich Arnold – A true story of faith, forgiveness, sacrifice, and community by Peter Mommsen
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“The Gospel begins with a call to repentance. Repentance means that everything must be changed. Everything must be seen as God sees it. Our whole being has to be renewed.... God must become the center of our thinking and feeling. ...”
Christ-centered Christmas reflections from J. Heinrich Arnold (1913–1982), whom Henri Nouwen calls “a very wise, a very safe, and a very challenging guide in our spiritual journey.”
Sometimes sensitive, sometimes provocative, but always encouraging, Arnold guides readers toward leading Christlike lives amid the stress and strain of modern life. With free study guide and leader's guide. Read More
Drawing on the words of Jesus, and on years of experience as a pastoral counselor, Arnold guides the reader from frustration, guilt and self-doubt to single-minded freedom and finding peace in Christ. Read More
Howard R. Macy, George Fox University
Dallas Willard, Author, The Spirit of the Disciplines
E. Glen Hinson, Baptist Theological Seminary
Henri J. M. Nouwen
Jürgen Moltmann, author, Theology of Hope
Tony Campolo, author, Red Letter Christian
Elisabeth Elliot, speaker and author
Jimmy Carter, Former President, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Henri J. M. Nouwen, from the Foreword
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