By Markus Baum

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

Baum's hugely readable account examines the forces that formed Arnold's lifestyles. He recreates a colourful period whilst millions of younger women and men in Weimar Germany rejected traditional mores and struck out on a distinct direction. Arnold, a tender and aspiring author and speaker, performed a sought after position during this ''Youth Movement,'' yet later left the limelight to stay the solutions he had came across, beginning a small neighborhood in keeping with Christ's teachings and instance.

Against the Wind exhibits Arnold's wide-ranging impression 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 stream - which makes his lifestyles as proper at the present time as ever.

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Emmy worked gladly and dedicatedly as a nurse, but the suffering and death that so often confronted her – both in the hospital and, from an early age, within her own family – made her think about the sometimes mysterious will of God, about his compassion, and about the brevity of life. “What troubled me was that I felt something divided me from God,” she later said about this period. “I could not understand how God, who is pure and holy, had chosen such unholy people for his own, and I found no real answer to this question…” In this inner state and lured by a certain curiosity, Emmy von Hollander made her way to Frau Baehr’s drawing room.

4:4! Eph. 1:14! My Emmy…” 24 Against the Wind Chapter three “May God give both of us truth in its full­ ness and love in its entirety. Absolute weakness and fullness of power. Deep earnestness and unceasing joy. ” from Eberhard to Emmy, July 20, 1908. 25 lovE lEttErS Little is so well documented as Eberhard and Emmy’s engagement. The couple wrote to each other daily, sometimes more than once. To the credit of the Prussian postal service it must be said that the letters never took more than a day to arrive.

Yet, right until the end of Eberhard’s life, Karl Heim always took an interest in him. growing rESponSibility in thE SCm On April 26, 1906, as the summer term opened, Eberhard was elected chairman of the SCM chapter in Halle. “Honor to Jesus, to our King, is what we want to represent in the student world,” he announced in his inaugural address: 18 Against the Wind He alone is the firm rock of salvation for the anchorless wrecks that are tossed here and there in the opinions and tendencies of the present day…We want to put him in the center of a world that mocks him and says he is outdated…We do not want to be or become an isolated sect, but rather a missionizing power for all groups in our universities.

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