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

No matter the weight of our bitterness or despair, forgiving is the surest way to get out from under it. But that's easier said than done. Why Forgive? brings together survivors of crime, betrayal, bigotry, and abuse - and ordinary men and women…

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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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Can We Forgive Like Jesus?

By Johann Christoph Arnold

When Christians do put Christ’s command into practice by forgiving, they create a ripple effect that can touch thousands of lives and even affect the course of history. …

Dr. Martin Luther King giving his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on 28 August 1963.

Martin, We Need You Now

By Johann Christoph Arnold

He's got his own national holiday, but it seems every year Martin Luther King Jr.'s real message becomes more obscured. King's principle of overcoming enemies with love is the only solution to the problems facing us today.…

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Love that Endures

By Johann Christoph Arnold

When Damien and Maria made their wedding vows fifty years ago they were under no illusions. A life of poverty compounded by an incurable sickness promised mostly hardship. Today they love each other more than ever.…

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Between the Years

By Johann Christoph Arnold

What better time to right old wrongs and heal old wounds? To leave regrets behind? To make peace with one another and enter the New Year with a clear conscience and a free heart?…

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Nelson Mandela: An Appreciation

By Johann Christoph Arnold

“I am not a saint,” Mandela once said, “unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.” Each of us, whether famous or obscure, and whether we have one year or fifty ahead of us, needs to keep striving for this kind of sainthood.…

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