Johann Christoph Arnold

Johann Christoph Arnold

People have come to expect sound advice from Johann Christoph Arnold, an award-winning author with over a million copies of his books in print, in more than twenty languages. A noted speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, education, and end-of-life issues, Arnold is a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities. With his wife, Verena, he has counseled thousands of individuals and families over the last forty years, as well as serving as an advisor at several innovative private schools. 

Their Name is Today book cover - a child holding on to her mother's armTogether with paralyzed police officer Steven McDonald, Arnold started the Breaking the Cycle program, which brings the positive answer of nonviolent conflict resolution and forgiveness to schools, to counteract the fear of school shootings, as well as gang violence and bullying that affects children, teachers, and parents. Promoting reconciliation, he has spoken with students at hundreds of public schools. This work has also brought him to conflict zones from Northern Ireland to Rwanda to the Middle East. Closer to home, he serves as chaplain for the local sheriff’s department.

Arnold’s message has been shaped by encounters with great peacemakers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day, César Chavez, and John Paul II.

Born in Great Britain in 1940 to German refugees, Arnold spent his boyhood years in South America, where his parents found asylum during the war; he immigrated to the United States in 1955. He and his wife have eight children, forty-four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. They live in upstate New York.

Publications by Johann Christoph Arnold

Their Name is Today book cover - a child holding on to her mother's arm

Their Name Is Today

By Johann Christoph Arnold

There’s hope for childhood. Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that are robbing children of a healthy childhood, courageous parents and teachers who know what’s best for children are turning the tide. Publication date November 1, 2014. …


Seeking Peace English

Seeking Peace

By Johann Christoph Arnold

Where can we find peace of heart and mind – with ourselves, with others, and with God? Arnold says there is such a peace, but it will demand a relentless pursuit kept up only by hope and courage, vision and commitment.…

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Why Forgive?

By Johann Christoph Arnold

Read these stories of forgiveness from people who have earned the right to talk about overcoming hurt, and about the peace of mind they have found in doing so.…

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Rich in Years English

Rich in Years

By Johann Christoph Arnold

What’s the secret of people who love life regardless of their health or circumstances? In Rich in Years, Arnold tells stories of real people to show that we don’t have to be young or physically fit to enjoy life and contribute to society.…

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Be Not Afraid English

Be Not Afraid

By Johann Christoph Arnold

In this hope-filled book, stories of real men and women offer hard-won insights on dealing with uncertainty, loss, grief, and the fear of death. Arnold knows that the biggest challenges in life are the ones that won't fit the script. All the same, he…

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Articles by Johann Christoph Arnold

Selma to Montgomery marchers singing as they walk, 1965.

Selma, 1965

By Johann Christoph Arnold

Arnold recounts events in Marion and Selma, Alabama in the spring of 1965 when civil rights protester Jimmie Lee Jackson was beaten to death. Although shaken, fellow protesters including Jackson's parents refused to respond with hatred and revenge.…

Christian de Chergé

Christian de Chergé

By Johann Christoph Arnold

As Europe reels from the events unfolding in France, there could hardly be a more timely story than that of Christian de Chergé, a French monk murdered by Islamic extremists. Sensing his approaching death, he wrote a letter forgiving his murderers. .…

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Watching the flames

A Solution to the Ferguson Crisis

By Johann Christoph Arnold

While all the frustration is understandable, this moment offers an opportunity to find a better way, one that will honor the memory of Michael Brown and bring peace to Ferguson.…


Pope Francis recieves Johann Christoph Arnold's latest book in spanish.

A Living Witness for Marriage

By Johann Christoph Arnold

Johann Christoph Arnold and his wife Verena joined Pope Francis and religious leaders and scholars from around the world this morning to explore what their diverse faiths teach about marriage and “the complementarity of man and woman.”…

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angry teenage boy

They Watch More Than They Listen

By Johann Christoph Arnold

Adolescents have always chafed under parental authority. But when rebellion becomes a way of life, we need to look a little deeper. What is it that today’s children are rebelling against so vigorously, and why?…