Through real-life stories, Escape Routes maps the way out of loneliness, frustration, alienation, and despair and toward a life of freedom and happiness.
Every one of us has experienced longer or shorter periods of anxiety, anger, guilt, discouragement, or loneliness. In forty years as a pastor, Johann Christoph Arnold has seen it all. But he’s also witnessed the most hopeless lives completely transformed. That’s why he is convinced that, no matter what problems you currently face, you too can find the freedom, confidence, and fulfillment that you long for.
In Escape Routes, Arnold tells real-life stories of people who have found their way out of life’s hells despite the odds. This isn’t a self-help book. It offers no quick fixes or superficial makeovers. But if you’re ready to take its medicine, it will guide you on your way to a more hopeful and meaningful life.
Arnold writes: “Call it life, call it hell: there’s not a person I’ve met who hasn’t been lonely, discouraged, depressed, or guilt-ridden at one time or another, if not sick, burned-out, or at sea in a relationship. Sometimes I know this because they have told me about their problems; sometimes I can tell just by looking in their eyes. That’s what got me started on this book – the fact that all of us have known some form of hell in our lives, and that insofar as any of us find freedom, confidence, companionship, and community, we will also know happiness.”
The book causes the reader to consider his own mortality. Do we truly understand the meaning of suffering? Can it be beneficial to helping us understand the importance of focusing on being present in the moment? The most important question of all is will we choose to love? I found the book to be thought provoking and I enjoyed reading about the lives of others. Some of their stories did not end well but not all lives do end well. Mr. Arnold did a good job of expressing how others cope when they feel unloved. He posed many questions to his readers throughout the book about life here on this Earth and about life after we leave this place.
Thank you to Plough Publishing for sending a complimentary copy of this book. Arnold shares powerful stories of the paradox of such pain and such hope side by side. And he writes with wise insights and theological depth. Pairs well as a companion to "Cries from The Heart," also by Arnold. Good for individual or small group discussion.
Thank you for your Christmas gift of Escape Routes. As a "retired" pastor, I found myself nodding many times to the wisdom contained in its pages. I shall be making the book available to several of my friends who are at present experiencing tough spots in their lives. Again, thank you!
I have just started to read the book. I found my life inside the book. It helps me to feel love and peace of God in my heart. I think after I finish the book I will have new vision to my inner life and the world we live in. It will also let me rebirth.
Johann Christoph Arnold knows the hiding places of the human heart and teaches us, through anecdotes and compassion, how to seek our own salvation with diligence. I'm grateful that this kind, wise book found me at the right time. Read it and discover the tools you already possess to change your life.