About The Book
If you’ve never read any of Eberhard Arnold’s writings before, this collection is a good choice. For those already familiar with the author, this book might be described as the Portable Arnold – a collection of the best of his prolific output.
Arnold is best known for his emphasis on living out Christ’s message in community with others, but this selection shows him to be equally at home in other spheres. Whether assailing the hypocrisy of conventional church life or pointing out the pitfalls of a purely social gospel, whether celebrating the spirit of childlikeness or defending his conviction that warfare can never be just, this writer has surprises in store for even the most jaded reader.
Widely sought after as a writer and lecturer in his day, Eberhard Arnold is remembered for his call to Christian discipleship, which Thomas Merton said “stirs to repentance and renewal.” Born in 1883 into a long line of academics, his life was hardly conventional. He left the state church at age twenty-five, and by thirty-seven had abandoned middle-class life altogether. He spent his last fifteen years at the Bruderhof – the religious community he founded in 1920 – where he continued writing and publishing until his death in 1935.
Arnold’s insights into the human condition are as relevant today as ever, and his call to more faithful discipleship rings as true now as it did a hundred years ago.
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