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 all over the world. Markus Baum, a renowned German journalist, offers Eberhard Arnold (1883-1935) as a job version for ultra-modern disaffected younger new release.

Baum's hugely readable account examines the forces that formed Arnold's lifestyles. 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 trendy position during this ''Youth Movement,'' yet later left the limelight to dwell the solutions he had discovered, beginning a small group in accordance with Christ's teachings and instance.

Against the Wind indicates Arnold's wide-ranging impact on different religious leaders of his day, his lonely stand opposed to the increase of Nazism, and his carrying on with legacy - the Bruderhof neighborhood flow - which makes his lifestyles as proper this day as ever.

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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. Emmy’s father, a lawyer, had moved his family to Germany in 1890 to avoid the russification policy of Tsar Alexander III and to provide a German education for his children. Repeating his bar examinations had cost Johann Heinrich von Hollander the greater part of the family’s resources.

15 Eberhard is not known to have had close contact with Pentecostal church groups or fellowships at any later time. But there is also no reason to believe that he sweepingly condemned the Pentecostal movement or purposely avoided it. How could he have gone against the obvious impression made on him by Torrey and Finney? And as the years went on, his life revealed the working of a number of charismatic gifts: power of judgment, breadth of prophetic vision, and active love. ymCa and ywCa During the first months of 1908 Eberhard and Emmy lived fairly harmoniously with their families, he in Breslau, she in Halle.

Eberhard’s work for the Halle SCM brought in a small paycheck. And it was not long before the group associated with Ludwig von Gerdtell asked Eberhard to assume the follow-up for a series of von Gerdtell talks. So each Monday evening from the beginning of December, Eberhard gave a talk in the Erfurt Gallery about the “deeper understanding of the Christian view of the world and of life. Free admission for ladies and gentlemen. 6 Eberhard packed his schedule to the limit during his first few weeks in Halle.

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