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Salt and Light
Salt and Light
Living the Sermon on the Mount

 Salt and Light puts hands and feet to the demands of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount from the viewpoint of a writer who believes they are not only viable, but inescapable – something for us to live out today.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus puts aside his usual parables and speaks plainly in language anyone can understand. Yet for centuries countless scholars have dissected and analyzed these important words – and dismissed their demanding precepts as unrealistic or symbolic.
Like Francis of Assisi and others, Arnold chose to live Jesus’ words. He found new life by embracing the self-sacrificing demands of the Sermon on the Mount. This collection of talks and essays vividly describes a healing, energizing power for those burdened by the concerns of daily life. Arnold calls us to live for the Sermon’s ultimate goal: the overturning of the prevailing order of injustice and building in its place a just, peaceable society motivated by love.
Praise for Salt and Light
Thomas Merton
Has all the simple, luminous, direct vision that I’ve come to associate with Arnold’s name. It is the kind of book that stirs to repentance and renewal and it moves me deeply. I am very grateful for it.
Senator Mark Hatfield
Many will be made uncomfortable by Salt and Light, and so it is no wonder. The Sermon on the Mount is, at a minimum, challenging and controversial. It threatens the present order of society. So does Arnold’s interpretation of it.
Jürgen Moltmann
Arnold’s writings are a light of hope in an age which seems very dark. May they no longer remain hidden under a bushel, but shine out to be heeded by many.
Pitirim A. Sorokin
Harvard University
An admirable, excellent book needed by a world which has turned against the Great Teaching of Jesus.
 
 
Love Letters
God's Revolution
Justice, Community and the Coming Kingdom
God’s Revolution, a collection of topically arranged writings from Eberhard Arnold, challenges readers to break out of the stifling complacency of conventional life and live out the uncompromising but healing truths of Christ.
Be warned: Arnold doesn’t approach discipleship as a benign route to religious fulfilment, but as revolution - a transformation that begins within, with the purging of self, and spreads outward to encompass every aspect of life. Here is the raw reality of the gospel that has the power to change the world.

Praise for God's Revolution
Jim Wallis
Sojourners
Simple and prophetic.
Robert Ellsberg
Orbis Books
There is no better introduction to the thought and spirit of this twentieth century prophet.
Steven S. Schwarzschild
Rabbi
There is much in this book (not everything) I want to recommend as strongly as I can - especially its absolute dedication to peace, human equality, and social justice, derived from Biblical faith.
Vernon C. Grounds
Denver Seminary
God’s Revolution is a disturbing book, a radical book that summons us back to the revolutionary lifestyle of the New Testament.
Richard Foster
Author, A Celebration of Discipline
The aim of God in history is the creation of an all-inclusive community of persons with Christ as its prime sustainer and most glorious inhabitant…Arnold’s vision incarnates just such a community.
Ron Sider
Author, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger
The entire church needs to hear this persuasive call to practical Christianity, costly discipleship, community, and peacemaking.
Donald Kraybill
Author, The Upside Down Kingdom
This is not a collection of utopian dreams, but a composite of seasoned wisdom and spiritual counsel forged in the crucible of a concrete community…A nourishing and inspiring spiritual reservoir for all who thirst for a deeper understanding of God’s kingdom.
George M. Marsden
Author, The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship
Arnold stresses that the central calling of the church is to represent here and now the charter of the Kingdom to come…Those convinced that churches should be full-fledged communities will find him inspiring.
John Perkins
Author, A Quiet Revolution
Will be a great help, especially to the emerging community movement around this country…
William Stringfellow
Author, Free in Obedience
This book has challenged and nourished my own thought concerning violence, property, war, the ruling authorities and assorted principalities, and especially the Christian’s eschatological expectation.
William H. Willimon
Duke University Chapel
God’s Revolution is a classic which restores obedience as the biblical way to salvation. The creation of living, breathing Christian community, according to Arnold, is always the most challenging task for Christians. Arnold lived what he believed and shows the rest of us more timid souls the way.
Gordon Zahn
Pax Christi USA
An inspiring testimony to the strength and endurance to be found in a deep personal commitment to the life and teachings of Christ.
 
Discipleship
Discipleship
 
 
Perhaps the hardest thing about following Christ is translating our good intentions into deeds. Christ calls us, and we yearn to answer him, but time and again we lose resolve. Is discipleship possible amid the stresses of modern life? Can Christ bring about lasting change in our lives? How can we be centred on him, when everything seems to pull us apart?
Also available, a free Study Guide for personal or group study, and a Leader’s Guide to facilitate group discussion.

Praise for Discipleship
Dale Aukerman
Author of 'Reckoning with Apocalypse'
In a masterful way, J. Heinrich Arnold brings together the evangelical offer of God’s forgiving mercy and the radical claims of Jesus for total self-giving in discipleship. Arnold writes that “the greatest gift is a burning love to Christ.” That love pervades this book.
David Bercot
Author of 'The Pilgrim Road
One of the best books on discipleship that has come out in years…It is filled with keen insights on what it really means to love God with your whole soul and to love your neighbour as yourself. Reads like a twentieth-century version of The Imitation of Christ.
Anthony Campolo
Eastern College
Discipleship helps us to understand what spiritual goodness is all about…reading it provides a mystic nurturing of the soul that will translate into social action action that makes for justice in the world.
Jimmy Carter
Former President, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
I have found Discipleship to be an incisive and inspirational Christian guidebook. It is a clear call to higher religious ideals.
Lawrence Carter
Morehouse College, Atlanta
Discipleship is the best single reference I have found outside of scripture on commitment to an authentic Christian community.
Elisabeth Elliot
Speaker and author
I have been very impressed with Arnold’s work, and find it thoroughly scriptural and very practical—right down my alley.
Richard T. McSorley, S.J.
Georgetown University
Anyone interested in union with God in his daily life will find Discipleship valuable. Along with The Imitation of Christ and the sacred Scriptures themselves, Arnold’s writings are a treasure from which flows a spring of living water to nourish the soul.
Don Mosley
Jubilee Partners
Reading Discipleship is like panning for gold near the mother lode; there are nuggets everywhere…
What strikes me over and over is the sense of down-to-earth authenticity that shines through Arnold’s words. These words obviously come from a storehouse full of experiences. There is nothing tentative or theoretical about them. And they are full of love.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
I pray for all who read this book that they may come to follow Jesus more closely in their whole lives. He has not called us to be successful, but to be faithful.
Henri J. M. Nouwen
L'Arche Daybreak
Discipleship is a prophetic book in a time in which few people dare to speak unpopular but truly healing words.
Cardinal Joseph O’Connor
Archdiocese of New York
Discipleship is a clear call to greater conviction and faith. Readers who open their hearts to the witness of this book will be challenged and inspired.
Spencer Perkins
Urban Family Magazine
Discipleship may contain more basic truth than some can handle. But for those who understand that following Jesus means swimming against the stream of popular culture, it will be a source of strength and sustenance.
Helen Prejean, C.S.J.
Author, Dead Man Walking
Discipleship is not simply a book. It is a cry from the heart of a man passionately alive for God and the work of God. Arnold’s words blow on the simmering coals of our hearts and set us on fire for Christ.
Dale Recinella
The Jesus Journal
Arnold’s insights into the Gospel and into the roots of our emptiness efficiently and precisely address what is lacking in the church today…This is no high-minded treatise on the theology of “discipleship.” It is a hands-on manual for the trench warfare of the living Gospel.
Trevor Saxby
Author, Pilgrims of the Common Life
Here is no smug Christian triumphalism, no cold theory…this is theology with a beating heart, a spirituality that is marked with the flowing humanity of Jesus. Arnold writes as one who has prayed, wept, and struggled through the issues of being a radical Christian today…He meets people where they are, and longs to join them together. I commend his book wholeheartedly.
Ronald J. Sider
Evangelicals for Social Action
Few things are more important today than the call to contemporary Christians to rediscover Jesus’ costly call to holiness, obedience, and discipleship. Only then can we resist the seductions of surrounding society. I hope and pray this book will be heard.
Bishop Walter Sullivan
Pax Christi USA
Simple, challenging…merits consideration because it is rooted in real-life experience. I recommend it, especially for women and men who are willing to risk responding to the call “Come, follow me.”
Sue Elkins
BBC Radio Derby
This is one of those books which is simple to read but conveys profound and very challenging ideas.
 
 
Sex, God and Marriage
 
 
Unlike the vast majority of marriage books, Sex, God, and Marriage digs deeper than the usual “issues” and goes to the root: our relationship with God, and the defining power of that relationship over all others in our lives. Arnold addresses the deep pain resulting from the cycle of broken relationships and the misuse of sexual intimacy. His words offer healing, a new beginning, and a sense of hope to those who have experienced discouragement or failure.
Includes chapters on sex, alternatives to dating, parenthood, singleness, homosexuality, abortion, divorce and remarriage. Sex, God and Marriage carries a foreword by Mother Teresa and was formerly titled A Plea for Purity.

Praise for Sex, God and Marriage
Francis Cardinal Arinze
Clear, incisive, and uplifting…this book should be very helpful in living the virtue of chastity, which is God’s will for all men and women.
Bill Beckman
Office of Catechetics, Archdiocese of Denver
An excellent biblical reflection on sex, marriage and God. Its message is clear, accessible and crucial. I recommend it as a good foundation for parents, teachers, catechists, couples preparing for marriage, and highschool and college students.
Paul Brand, M.D.
Author of Pain: The Gift Nobody Wants
A clear message for those who have seen the so-called freedom of sexual pleasure become a source of loneliness or pain….This book will help young people to hold on to purity.
Joan Brown Campbell
National Council of Churches
A cogent, well-reasoned approach to today’s troubling questions. Some may disagree with this or that conclusion, but all will acknowledge Arnold’s sincerity and his contribution to these debates.
Joseph M. Champlin
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Syracuse, NY
Arnold writes with clarity, conviction, and compassion. His detailed analysis and very practical applications underscore the Catechism’s general principles.
Robert L. Cleath
California Polytechnic University
A wise book…Arnold’s deep faith in Christ and the Bible shines through on every page as he faces the spiritual, emotional, and physical dimensions of marriage…Couples will find Arnold’s book a Spirit-led guide for true happiness in their life together.
William A. Dyrness
Fuller Theological Seminary
Striking for its clear and penetrating presentation of simple (and yet immensely profound) biblical truths about human sexuality. I wish everyone could read this call to cut through the complications of modern life by a holy and Christ-like life.
Bob Fryling
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Does a wonderful job of putting sex into the larger contexts of Creation, the church, and marriage. Not everyone will agree with all of Arnold’s specific conclusions, but every mature believer will benefit from the convictions reflected in this book.
Vernon Grounds
Denver Seminary
A sensitive yet forthright articulation of the basic biblical perspective on purity in sexual conduct. I am very grateful for its unabashed emphasis on holiness in this area of life. Arnold’s message bears a clear witness and will provoke serious soul-searching.
David P. Gushee
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Inspiring and challenging…suffused with a biblical reverence for human life. One does not have to agree with every stance articulated in the book to be edified by its moral vision.
William A. Heth
Co-author, Jesus and Divorce
Sex, God and Marriage is about the Creator’s intentions for the human family….It is about loving, committed, honest relationships lived out in the midst of a world bewildered by its inability to deliver on promises of happiness….
Alice von Hildebrand
Hunter College/CUNY
Arnold’s beautiful presentation of the great virtue of purity should be in the hands of every educator and every teenager. It is a message that is desperately needed today, and I cannot recommend it strongly enough.
Jay Kesler
Taylor University
This book is a beacon in our midst, and it should make us to look at what we have become as a society in light of radical Christianity. Few will find everything in the book acceptable, but all who read it prayerfully will be challenged to purity. In a world where conviction is a rare thing, this book is a treasure in a field.
Peter Kreeft
Boston College
Clear, compassionate, uncompromisingly Christian, and straight from (and to) the heart…Pretty close, I think, to what Jesus would say if he were to write a book about sex today—and probably as socially acceptable as He was.
J. Carl Laney
Western Seminary
A clarion call to return to God’s high and holy standard regarding sex and marriage, and a rich resource of practical advice.
Steve de Mott
Maryknoll Magazine
Profoundly significant…While the moral demands of the book are strong and clear, the book is much more positive than negative. I found myself wishing that adults had spoken to me in such a positive vein about these matters when I was a child.
Richard John Neuhaus
First Things
Human sexuality is here drawn fully into the life of discipleship. The result is both demanding and exhilarating, which is what disciples of Jesus should expect.
J. I. Packer
Regent College
This is the work of a very wise man with a very clear vision of God’s ideal for marriage and family… Simple and short, but deep, this is one of the best books available on handling our sexuality in a way that honors God.
Chris Rice
Author of More Than Equals
A passionate call back to standards that, in the long run, will lead to true joy and contentment.
William H. Willimon
Duke University Chapel
Arnold writes simply, eloquently, and faithfully. Sex, God and Marriage is a relentless, biblical, call for renewed Christian commitment. Advocates of accommodated, acculturated Christianity will find little comfort in these pages; struggling disciples, however, will be much encouraged.
Richard Rohr, O.F.M.
Center for Action & Contemplation
Some Christians might not say it in the same way, or with the same emphasis on certain issues, but the underlying values in Sex, God and Marriage are strong, needed, and consistent. I admire and support such lived faith as I find in this book.
Fr. Kris Stubna
Diocese of Pittsburgh
A marvelous exposition on the true values of family life, the beauty of marriage, and human sexuality as God intended it to be…A great resource for Catholic educators.
Paul C. Vitz
New York University
To advocate an ideal of sexual purity is perhaps the last American taboo. But if anything will awaken our society from its decadent slumber, it may be the spectacle of large numbers of people actually living a life of sexual virtue. This book provides a wise spiritual guide on how, and why, to lead such a life.
Connect
The author makes his plea in an uncompromising way, and there is something here to offend almost everyone. Yet no one can doubt his sincerity and consistency.
 
 
Why Forgive
Why Forgive?
 
 
Forgiveness has become a buzzword, but people still don’t understand it. They don’t realize its rewards—or the cost of refusing to forgive. Many think forgiving means excusing, forgetting, or ignoring their pain. They view it as weakness. Why Forgive? brings together survivors of crime, betrayal, bigotry, and abuse—and ordinary men and women plagued by everyday strife. Not all are ready to forgive. But all are determined not to let anger, bitterness, and despair control their lives. Together, their stories will challenge and encourage others wherever they are on the road to healing.
In Why Forgive? Arnold lets the untidy experiences of ordinary people speak for themselves—people who have earned the right to talk about overcoming hurt, and about the peace of mind they have found in doing so.
“Hurt” is an understatement, actually, for many of these stories deal with the harrowing effects of violent crime, betrayal, abuse, bigotry, and war. But Why Forgive? examines life’s more mundane battle scars as well: the persistent hobgoblins of backbiting, gossip, strained family ties, marriages gone cold, and tensions in the workplace.
As in life, not every story has a happy ending—a fact Arnold refuses to skirt. The book also addresses the difficulty of forgiving oneself, the futility of blaming God, and the turmoil of those who simply cannot forgive, even though they try.
Praise for Why Forgive?
Houston Chronicle
Arnold is thought-provoking and soul-challenging…He writes with an eye-opening simplicity that zings the heart.
Paul Brand
This is the book I would choose to give friends who are justifiably angry. A powerful statement on the importance of forgiveness in human psychology.
Madeleine L’Engle
Beautiful…We recognize ourselves in the poignant stories, and our recognition helps us to forgive. This is a book the whole world needs.
 
 
 
Against the Wind
Against the Wind
Eberhard Arnold and the Bruderhof
 
This is the story, told in full for the first time, of Eberhard Arnold (1883-1935). A man for today’s seekers, he faced life’s essential questions head on, and once he had struggled his way through to an answer, he tried to live it.
Against the Wind (originally pubished in German) explores the forces that shaped Arnold’s life and his own influence on other spiritual leaders of his day - Karl Barth, Paul Tillich, and Martin Buber among them. It recounts his renunciation of private property and military service, and explains his abhorrence of conventional piety on the one hand, and his love for the early church fathers on the other.
Most of all, Against the Wind gives flesh, blood, and personality to a man whose unwavering convictions made him at once hated and admired, a man whom some called an enemy of the State and others a modern Saint Francis. Arnold walked resolutely against the prevailing winds, even as Nazism engulfed Germany. The communal movement which carries on his commitment to integrate faith and social action is a witness to his continuing legacy.
The author, Markus Baum, is a popular German journalist and radio commentator.
Praise for Against the Wind
Booklist
An amazing and enlightening spiritual journey.
Library Journal
Engaging…Arnold is an important figure for both historians and scholars, but this first biography makes accessible and enjoyable reading for general audiences as well.
New Oxford Review
The undeniable power of Eberhard Arnold’s message lies in the fact that there is absolutely no difference between what he professed and the way he lived.
Harvey Cox
Harvard University Divinity School
A fine introduction to Eberhard Arnold and the courageous ministry of the Bruderhof. A wave of appreciation for Arnold and the Christian tradition he so forcefully and eloquently represents is long overdue.
Daniel Berrigan, SJ
I was edified and enlightened by this extraordinary life. I took heart, reading of Arnold’s tormented struggle and conversion to nonviolence…Pondering his witness is like holding a mirror to reality. We see there our calling, the church, the promise of a costly freedom.
Murray Bodo, O.F.M.
Arnold’s life reads like that of a modern Saint Francis: the deep love of Jesus, the commitment to living the Gospel literally, the struggle with his parents, his going off to war, followed by a profound conversion to nonviolent love and his founding of the Bruderhof Community… Like Saint Francis, Arnold let Christ teach him what he was to do. The example of their lives challenge us to do the same.
Robert Ellsberg
Author, All Saints
Some claim that the Sermon on the Mount cannot be literally applied to modern life. This inspiring biography of Eberhard Arnold is a convincing rebuttal. This twentieth century apostle truly lived the Gospel; his story inspires us all to do the same.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Eberhard Arnold’s life is an example of the most precious gift we can offer others: our presence. His is a testimony that in community the Spirit, which can be found in all traditions, can enlighten us as to the real causes for social injustice. We all, Buddhist and Christian alike, need to create more such communities.
Jim Wallis
Sojourners
Arnold is a significant figure of faith in the twentieth century. His vision and commitment to discipleship, community, nonviolence, and God’s kingdom challenge all who seek to follow Jesus.
 
 
The Awakening
The Awakening
One Man's Battle with Darkness
 
 
 
When Blumhardt, a 19th-century pastor from the Black Forest, agreed to counsel a tormented woman in his parish, all hell broke loose - literally. But that was only the beginning of the drama that ensued. Zuendel’s account, available here in English for the first time, provides a rare glimpse into how the eternal fight between the forces of good and evil plays itself out in the lives of the most ordinary men and women. More than that, it reminds us that those forces still surround us today, whether we are awake to them or not. Beginning in the fall of 1841, Blumhardt was drawn into a spiritual struggle, which he referred to for the rest of his life as “the fight.” At first he tried to keep a cautious distance from it, but it soon became obvious that he would not be able to stay uninvolved.
Gottliebin Dittus, a young woman from a pious Möttlingen family who had once been Pastor Barth’s favorite pupil, was regarded in her village as a “God-fearing” member of the parish. At the same time she was known, ever since her childhood, to have suffered recurring nervous disorders and various other maladies, including inexplicable attacks not unlike epileptic seizures.
Repulsed by her peculiar behavior, Blumhardt kept his distance from her. He would come when summoned during her worst attacks, but he went reluctantly, feeling that her case was no task for him as a pastor. Village physician Dr. Späth, on the other hand, argued that Gottliebin’s disorders were beyond the scope of his medical knowledge, if not symptomatic of supernatural forces at work. It was on this account that Blumhardt finally agreed to observe the woman.
Before long he was so deeply involved in Gottliebin’s struggle that no one could hold him back. For one thing, he was ashamed at the thought of conceding power to the darkness affecting her. Moreover, he pitied her. Little did he know that he had embarked on an uncharted journey of the most bizarre kind and entered a battle so intense that it would demand all of his energies for the next two years. The Awakening tells what happened over their course, and beyond.
Praise for The Awakening
Marva J. Dawn
Professor of Spiritual Theology, Regent College
The witness of Blumhardt is extremely pertinent to our times. His avoidance of curiosity in dealing with powers of evil, his recognition of the unmet needs of thousands for pastoral care, his yearning to transform the “wretched state” of Christian life, and his fervent prayers for a fresh outpouring of the Spirit are all needed today.
Fr. Richard John Neuhaus
Editor, First Things
Christians of all times and churches and communions are called to be alert to the unexpected in the often surprising movement of the Holy Spirit. This dramatic story of more than a century ago can help prepare us for similar surprises in the century ahead.
Dave McPherson
West Bowles Community Church, Littleton, CO
As the pastor of dozens of young men and women who survived the Columbine High School tragedy, I have seen that spiritual awakening can only spring from spiritual battle. I have also seen how, when evil is confronted and exposed, God can work miracles of healing and renewal. There are lessons here, and hope for every community trying to break the suffocating spell of stagnation.
John Wilson
Books & Culture
One of the ten best books of the year.
Tony Campolo
Eastern College
Anyone who has doubts about spiritual warfare must read this book. It rings true, and it points the way to victory.
Katy Ledger
Channel 5 News / UK
It’s easier—and cheaper—to get The Awakening than to see a psychiatrist.
Brian Hanrahan
BBC World
A most timely and interesting tale.
Douglass Smith, MD
Psychiatrist, SE Alaska Regional Health Consortium
I do not know what role demonic forces play in mental illness, but I am certain that a community of faith would have healing powers regardless. Blumhardt treated the mentally ill with a kind of dignity and respect that cannot be found today, either in the churches or mental hospitals.
British Medical Journal
Offers new insights into mental illness — this new line of approach in what seemed to be a dead-end street has been most welcome.
William James
In “Varieties of Religious Experience”
Cures by special miracle have at all times been recognized within the church’s pale, almost all the great saints having more or less performed them…. An extremely pure faculty of healing after confession and conversion on the patient’s part, and prayer on the priest’s, was quite spontaneously developed in the German pastor, Johann Christoph Blumhardt, in the early 1840s and exerted during nearly thirty years. Zuendel gives a pretty full account of his healing activity, which he invariably ascribed to direct divine interposition. Blumhardt was a singularly pure, simple, and non-fanatical character, and in this part of his work followed no previous model.
 
 
 
No Lasting Home
A Year in the Paraguayan Wilderness
 
It is summer, 1940. As Hitler’s armies turn mainland Europe into a mass graveyard, his feared Luftwaffe rain bombs on England. Meanwhile, amid the green hills of the Cotswolds, a nest of “enemy aliens” has been discovered: the Bruderhof, a Christian commune made up of German, Dutch, and Swiss refugees, and growing numbers of English pacifists.
Having fled Nazi Germany to escape persecution, the Bruderhof had at first been welcomed in England. Now, at the height of the Battle of Britain, it is feared. Curfews and travel restrictions are imposed; nasty newspaper articles appear, and local patriots initiate a boycott. Debates over whether the community should be allowed to exist go all the way to Parliament.
Determined to remain together as a witness for peace in a war-torn world, the little group of 300 – half of them babies and young children – looks for a new home. No country in Europe will allow them to stay, and Canada and the United States refuse to take them. Where should the refugees try to resettle next? This is their story.
 



Action in Waiting
Action in Waiting
Christoph Blumhardt

Ours is a time of intense searching. Few of us are satisfied with what the church and society have served up. The honest among us will readily admit we lead fractured lives - with a disembodied spirituality on one side, and a soulless daily existence on the other. We are desperate for something more, for a faith with the power to transform both ourselves and our world.
Enter Christoph Blumhardt. With unabashed clarity of focus, Blumhardt’s words cut through the clutter of our post-modern existence. He offers a concrete vision that inspires even the most disillusioned. His enthusiasm rekindles our passion to live a life of purpose.
Action in Waiting is not abstract theology - it’s too blunt, too earthy, too real. These seventeen essays reflect the gripping reality of the living Christ. They give us a fresh look at the spiritual life as one of “active expectation” of God’s kingdom breaking into this world. Blumhardt shows us that the object of our hope is no longer relegated to some afterlife, but takes effect today.
Blumhardt tells us how we can experience the future Christ promised now, in such a way that death and human misery are overcome. In his life, he experienced God’s saving actions every day. Demons were cast out, sick were healed, and sinners turned from evil. Action in Waiting shatters the walls of institutional Christianity. Having been both a pastor and a politician himself, Blumhardt was qualified to say, “State and church are no soil for the fire of God.” All human institutions stand in the way of God’s kingdom. “Nothing is more dangerous than a religion: for that is what makes us heathens…God does not care a fig for our religion.”
Praise for Action in Waiting
Karl Barth
Theologian and writer
Blumhardt can do something very few of us can do: represent God’s cause in the world yet not wage war on the world, love the world and yet be completely faithful to God.
Donald G. Bloesch
Author, Wellsprings of Renewal
The modern church needs to hear this social prophet. Here is a summons to act in confidence and courage in the firm expectation that God’s kingdom is at hand.
Dale W. Brown
Author, Biblical Pacifism
Blumhardt represents a wonderful union of eschatology and ethics with his focus on the coming and breaking in of the kingdom of righteousness, justice, love and peace.
Rodney Clapp
Author, A Peculiar People
Pulse-quickening…In plain but vibrant language, Blumhardt reminds us that personal peace is merely the wrapping paper of a greater, even more magnificent gift: confidence in the coming of the kingdom.
William Dyrness
Author, Let the Earth Rejoice
Reading Chrisoph Blumhardt is like drinking from a pure, cold mountain stream. It is just the tonic we frantic postmoderns need…I always knew what an impact Blumhardt had made on Karl Barth, but after reading him I know why.
Vernard Eller
Author, Christian Anarchy
Blumhardt believes that God can make “all” things new. He challenges us to participate in this newness and devote ourselves to it.
Stanley Hauerwas
Author, Resident Aliens
That Barth saw Blumhardt’s significance is surely not accidental. Who else, besides Barth, is so unrelenting in their attack on religion? Who else reminds us that Christianity is about the worship and service of a strange God indeed? Who else uses the language of faith so straightforwardly and without apology? The fact that Plough has now made Blumhardt’s work available is itself, as Barth would have put it, “a hastening that waits.”
John Miller
Mennonite Quarterly Review
One feels these words were shaped for the hour in which we are all living. We have scholars and theologians, but we are almost totally lacking in authentic witnesses to the coming of God’s kingdom.
Eugene H. Peterson
Author, Subversive Spirituality
On a landscape increasingly (and depressingly) eroded by world-accommodating strategies and programs, Blumhardt stands as a stark and commanding figure on the horizon. His life and writings are adrenaline for faltering and compromised followers of Jesus.
Clark Pinnock
Author, The Flame of Love
Blumhardt is filled with hope about the power of God to transform the world in concrete ways…His is a holy optimism grounded not in human prowess but in the triumphant grace of God.



Be Not Afraid
Overcoming the Fear of Death