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

Plough Quarterly Summer 2014

Plough Quarterly No. 1: Living the Sermon on the Mount

By Russell D. Moore, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Jürgen Moltmann, Johann Christoph Arnold, and many more

This issue of Plough Quarterly focuses on people willing to get their hands dirty living out the Sermon on the Mount. Their insights are not to be consumed passively. Rather, they should inspire each of us to roll up our sleeves and get to work.…

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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Articles by Johann Christoph Arnold

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Screens versus Children

By Johann Christoph Arnold

Children need spring breezes, rain, summer sun, and a lot of space to grow, not the artificial light of glowing screens.…

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Don’t Raise Successful Children

By Johann Christoph Arnold

What is the purpose of the best academic education if it fails to prepare children for life? Read this piece, then tell us what you think.…

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Parenting Is Not a Burden

By Johann Christoph Arnold

Despite what the “child-free” movement would have us believe, having children today is normal, good, and natural. Parenting is not an insurmountable financial risk or an emotional and psychological burden.…

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Does the World Need Children?

By Johann Christoph Arnold

In the midst of our complex adult lives, we must make time to take in the lessons that only children can teach. Don’t we need children more than they need us?…


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A Child’s Right to Play

By Johann Christoph Arnold

We know children learn best through playing, but play also brings joy, contentment, and detachment from the troubles of the day. In our frantically over-scheduled culture, every child should have a right to play.…