Community for Life

Community for Life

by Ulrich Eggers
     
 
Mingling anecdotes with serious reflection and, at times, criticism, a young journalist tells the engaging story of life at the Bruderhof as he experienced it on two extended visits.

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Mingling anecdotes with serious reflection and, at times, criticism, a young journalist tells the engaging story of life at the Bruderhof as he experienced it on two extended visits.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
The bruderhof movement, with its radical, literal approach to Jesus's teachings, originated in Germany under Eberhard Arnold's leadership in 1920. Following abortive sojourns in England and Paraguay, the community (now joined with the Hutterites) reestablished itself in five American locations, one of which is described herein. Eggers's account of community life represents something of a breakthrough, given traditional bruderhof resistance to outside scrutiny, and his honest narrativemainly sympathetic, while acknowledging strugglesoffers a balanced look at this unusual group. EC
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
YA Communal lifestyles have long held an appeal for many, but most such communities falter quickly. This description of the Bruderhof in New York, one of five related communities worldwide, provides insight into these Christian communities which offer great peace to those who join but also demand total commitment. Eggers' book can be read as an analysis of Christian community as an ideal and as a reality, or as a consideration of what it takes to keep a self-community strong and productive. Eggers also delves into lesser-known sects of Protestant Christianity. The book reads easily, teasing readers with its size and style to keep investigating Eggers' enthusiastic descriptions of daily life. Eggers also considers the philosophical questions which arise as he considers joining Woodcrest himself. Readers are left satisfied to know that such communities exist for those who seek a life removed from the mainstream but not a traditional monastery. Students interested in Utopian efforts throughout history will appreciate this glimpse into Woodcrest. Curious general readers will enjoy the descriptions of a different lifestyle, and some students will appreciate a new title in the religion section. Dorcas Hand, Episcopal High School, Bellaire

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836134513
Publisher:
Herald Press
Publication date:
01/28/1988
Pages:
198
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 7.56(h) x 0.49(d)

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