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

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. …

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Why Forgive?

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

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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Sex, God and Marriage English

Sex, God, and Marriage

Johann Christoph Arnold

A refreshing new look at sex, love, and marriage that sees past the usual issues and gets to the root: our relationship with God, and the defining power of that bond over all other relationships.…

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Articles by Johann Christoph Arnold

A father with his arm around his daughter's shoulders.

What Does It Mean to Give a Child Love?

Johann Christoph Arnold

“Many parents, especially those whose work keeps them away from their families for days or even weeks at a time, try to overcome feelings of guilt by bringing home gifts. Well-meaning as they are, they forget that what their children really want...”…

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After the Parades and Picnics

Johann Christoph Arnold

We need to think about what Memorial Day really means – what the life of every deceased soldier means to his or her family, and to us.…

Carlton Murrell's painting, Thinking, depicting a boy with his head propped on his hand.

Discovering Reverence

Johann Christoph Arnold

How can we revive the forgotten virtue that is the key to educating children? Arnold believes we can only hope to instill respect and empathy in children if we ourselves first regain an appreciation for the qualities children inherently possess.…

Selma to Montgomery marchers singing as they walk, 1965.

Selma, 1965

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

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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