No Lasting Home English

No Lasting Home

A Year in the Paraguayan Wilderness

By Emmy Barth

213 Pages

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It is summer, 1940. As Hitler’s armies turn mainland Europe into a mass graveyard, his feared Luftwaffe rain bombs on England. Meanwhile, amid the green hills of the Cotswolds, a nest of “enemy aliens” has been discovered: the Bruderhof, a Christian commune made up of German, Dutch, and Swiss refugees, and growing numbers of English pacifists.

Having fled Nazi Germany to escape persecution, the Bruderhof had at first been welcomed in England. Now, at the height of the Battle of Britain, it is feared. Curfews and travel restrictions are imposed; nasty newspaper articles appear, and local patriots initiate a boycott. Debates over whether the community should be allowed to exist go all the way to Parliament.

Determined to remain together as a witness for peace in a war-torn world, the little group of 300 – half of them babies and young children – looks for a new home. No country in Europe will allow them to stay, and Canada and the United States refuse to take them. Where should the refugees try to resettle next? This is their story.

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Can I describe the book for you? No, I cannot. But I can assure you this is a story you will not want to miss, and once started you will not be able to stop reading...Along with its deeply thought-provoking text, the book has a wealth of pictures, each one "speaking more than a thousand words" on its own....So many adventures, so many failures, yet so many triumphs of the grace of God! What a blessing where we may come together and speak with humility and honesty about the past, recognising where we stand now, so we may work toward a future in the unshakeable Kingdom of God!

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