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

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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

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The Gift Everyone Can Give

By Johann Christoph Arnold

It is impossible to live without money and material goods, and every household must have its provider and its plans for the future. But ultimately it is the love we give our children, and not the material things, that will remain with them for life.…

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Kids Need Your Time, Not Your Money

By Johann Christoph Arnold

Despite the fact that millions around the globe grow up in acute poverty, most children in developed nations have far more than they need. Don’t blame it on a steady diet of commercials. This problem has roots closer to home.…

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What is Discipline?

By Johann Christoph Arnold

Discipline is probably the most misunderstood word in the vocabulary of parenting. It is not a matter of control, suppression, or coercion, and it should never involve cruelty or corporal punishment. What is it then?…

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When Technology Robs Children

By Johann Christoph Arnold

Have smarter phones made us better parents? And why, with so much “time-saving” technology, do we have less time to play with our kids?…

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Will Bombing Bring Peace?

By Johann Christoph Arnold

A Plough author and Bruderhof pastor responds to Obama’s call for more airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.…

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