Homage to a Broken Man: The Life of J. Heinrich Arnold - A true story of faith, forgiveness, sacrifice, and community

Homage to a Broken Man: The Life of J. Heinrich Arnold - A true story of faith, forgiveness, sacrifice, and community


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A dramatic true story of a man refined by fire, a Bruderhof pastor whose spiritual legacy continues to touch thousands.

Can our wounds become our greatest gift? Bruderhof pastor J. Heinrich Arnold was a broken man. Yet those who knew him said they never met another like him. Some spoke of his humility and compassion; others of his frankness and earthy humor. In his presence, complete strangers poured out their darkest secrets and left transformed. Others met him with hatred.

Writer Henri Nouwen called him a “prophetic voice” and wrote of how his words “touched me as a double-edged sword, calling me to choose between truth and lies, selflessness and selfishness. . . . Here was no pious, sentimental guide; every word came from experience.”

Who was this extraordinary yet simple man? In this gripping and richly spiritual book, Peter Mommsen tells the dramatic true story of the grandfather he hardly knew. Read it, and you will never look at your own life the same way again.

Gold Medal Winner, 2016 IPPY Book of the Year Award in Biography, Independent Publishers
Silver Medal Winner, 2016 Benjamin Franklin Award in Religion, Independent Book Publishers Association

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874866131
Publisher: The Plough Publishing House
Publication date: 07/20/2015
Series: Bruderhof History Series
Pages: 415
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Peter Mommsen is the editor of Plough Quarterly magazine. He lives in upstate New York with his wife Wilma and their three children.

Table of Contents

1. Opa
2. Revolution
3. Sannerz
4. A Blow
5. Conversion
6. The Sun Troop
7. Lotte
8. Father and Son
9. Adolescence
10. Tata
11. An Arrival
12. Nazis
13. Silum
14. Annemarie
15. The Farewell
16. Four O’clock
17. The Last Letter
18. Refugee Wedding
19. Emmy Maria
20. Heliopher
21. Primavera
22. Repentance
23. Nightmares
24. Among Children
25. Banished
26. Sapucay
27. Fatherhood
28. Marianne
29. On the Road
30. Changes
31. Woodcrest
32. The Crucible
33. Liberation
34. To the Finish

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