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Pastor Johann Christoph Blumhardt

An Account of His Life


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In documenting Blumhardt’s life, Zuendel aimed to help readers orient their lives to the kingdom of God.  The result is a powerful account of one person’s faith in Jesus’ victory over all forces that bind and divide humanity.


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Although relatively unknown in America, Johann Christoph Blumhardt (1805-1880) is widely recognized in his native Germany, in part because of Friedrich Zuendel’s landmark biography, now available in English for the first time. Consistently in print since 1880, Zuendel’s account is fascinating on a historical level, but it is also infused with enduring pastoral insights and wisdom.

A visit to Blumhardt’s spiritually vibrant parish when he was just seventeen changed the course of Zuendel’s life. He decided to become a pastor, and remained a lifelong friend of Johann Christoph Blumhardt, thus personally experiencing – or hearing firsthand accounts of – much of what he records. Plough’s smaller volume, The Awakening, is based on three chapters from this book.

In documenting Blumhardt’s life, Zuendel aimed to help readers orient their lives to the kingdom of God. The result is a powerful account of one person’s faith in Jesus’ victory over all forces that bind and divide humanity.

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Table of Contents

Part One: Years of Growth and Preparation

First section: Introduction—Childhood and Youth
  1. The Native Soil
  2. Birth and Childhood
  3. At the University
Second Section: the Candidate
  1. Durrmenz
  2. Basel
  3. Iptingen

Part Two: Möttlingen

First Section: Introduction—the Early Days
  1. Previous Rectors of Mottlingen
  2. Installation, Wedding, Beginning of Ministry
Second Section: the Struggle
  1. The Illness of Gottliebin Dittus
Third Section: the Awakening
  1. The Movement of Repentance
  2. The Miracles
  3. Blumhardt’s Message and Expectant Hopes
  4. Expectancy as Expressed in Blumhardt’s Writings
  5. Worship Services and Christian Fellowship
Fourth Section: a Private Individual with a Universal Vocation
  1. Blumhardt as a Private Person
  2. The Time of Transition
  • Photo Gallery

Part three: Bad Boll

First Section: History of the House
  1. Bad Boll
  2. Bad Boll’s Inner Circle
Second Section: the Pastor of Bad Boll
  1. The Housefather
  2. The Spiritual Guide and Counselor
  3. Answered Prayer
  4. The Preacher
  5. Journeys
  6. The Author
Third Section: Conclusion
  1. Pastoral Care in a Smaller Circle—Fresh Hopes
  2. Death
  3. Epilogue

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