Stories of Forgiveness


If we hold a grudge against someone, the door to God will be closed. It will be absolutely closed, with no way to him. Only if we forgive others will we be forgiven. I am sure that many prayers are not heard because the person praying has a grudge against someone, even if he is not aware of it. Jesus says more than once that before we pray we must forgive. If we want Jesus, we must have a forgiving heart.

- J. Heinrich Arnold

Books: Stories of Forgiveness

Seeking Peace English

Seeking Peace

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. français 한국어 español

Why Forgive? Book Cover

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. العربية 中文 français Deutsch हिंदी עברית മലയാളം русский 한국어 español

Escape Routes English

Escape Routes

Johann Christoph Arnold

In Escape Routes, Arnold explores the roots of loneliness, frustration, alienation, and despair and the keys needed to leave them behind. No self-help mumbo jumbo here - just lots of real-life stories and straightforward advice. Potent medicine for anyone willing to down it. 한국어

Articles: Stories of Forgiveness

Ernst Wiechert, courtesy of University of Lodz Repository

Reclaiming a Literary Giant

Daniel Hallock

“It may happen that a nation ceases to distinguish between good and evil,” warned Ernst Wiechert, a German novelist and professor, in a 1935 speech to his students, many of whom were National Socialists.

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. . . العربية français Deutsch español

Watching the flames

A Solution to the Ferguson Crisis

Johann Christoph Arnold

While all the frustration is understandable, this moment offers an opportunity to find a better way, one that will honor the memory of Michael Brown and bring peace to Ferguson. Deutsch