Against the Wind: Eberhard Arnold and the Bruderhof by Markus Baum

By Markus Baum

The first-ever biography of an uncompromising progressive for Christ whose witness nonetheless reverberates around the globe. Markus Baum, a trendy German journalist, offers Eberhard Arnold (1883-1935) as a task version for latest disaffected younger new release.

Baum's hugely readable account examines the forces that formed Arnold's existence. He recreates a colourful period while hundreds of thousands of younger women and men in Weimar Germany rejected traditional mores and struck out on a special direction. Arnold, a tender and aspiring author and speaker, performed a well known position during this ''Youth Movement,'' yet later left the limelight to stay the solutions he had chanced on, beginning a small group in accordance with Christ's teachings and instance.

Against the Wind indicates Arnold's wide-ranging effect on different religious leaders of his day, his lonely stand opposed to the increase of Nazism, and his carrying on with legacy - the Bruderhof group circulate - which makes his existence as suitable at the present time as ever.

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September 3: “I cannot get over Galatians 3:26–27,” he reports. “I feel that I am facing enormous decisions, and I will simply and surely obey God as soon as I am certain. ” September 4: Eberhard announces his verdict: “This time of prayer and dedication has brought me to a serious decision, which will have grave consequences and will give our life a clearly defined direction, full of suffering. ” How had he come to this recognition, and where would it lead? ” He would, of course, wait for Emmy’s decision on the subject and then tell both sets of parents.

Eberhard found it in the seminary of the Lutheran Church of Silesia, Wilhelmstrasse 10. ” Several theology students from Silesia roomed in the seminary, including a few from the SCM ranks. Some of them felt cramped by the rules of the institution and by what they considered to be a bourgeois ambience. For Eberhard, however, life in the Silesian seminary brought a measure of freedom. Moreover, the housefather was Dr. Karl Heim. Karl Heim, hardly ten years older than the students, was regarded by many of them as a quasi-father figure.

Emmy’s father, Johann Heinrich von Hollander, was the son of the last German Mayor of Riga, a major city in northern East Prussia. Her mother, Monika, was the daughter of Piers Otto, who had been pastor of the German Lutheran Church of St. Gertrude’s in Riga. The von Hollander-Otto family tree had roots extending all the way back into the 1700s and was replete with councilors, patricians, and knights of the German Order. However, all this would only have had significance until the first Russian Revolution, 1904 –1905, at the very latest.

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