Selected Reading

Quick Quotes

How much of the old nature must still be put aside before Christ is all in all! Renewal does not imply completion; rebirth is only the beginning of purification. It is normal to recognize more and more what is bad in us. So put it aside through Christ and keep moving forward.

- Eberhard Arnold

Faith’s entered in –
true conversion is here.
Now the will is pure
and active and clear.

God is this will,
and he gives from above
new life, where all
was dead, and new love.

- Eberhard Arnold, Sannerz, ca. 1921

The Christ for whom you have waited and longed has found you and taken you by the hand. His Spirit has overpowered you and taken you under his leadership. What a joy for you and all those who love you! May the shining spirit of Jesus Christ bring to your heart ever anew the living word of truth.

- Eberhard Arnold

Additional Reading for Conversion

Poems and Rhymed Prayers
Poems and prayers that open a window on one man’s inmost thoughts, and show him at his most essential and Christ-centered. Each one can be a centering point for meditation and contemplation.
Love Letters
These inspiring letters interweave a profound love for Jesus Christ with a deep love between two young people, as well as an utterly transparent search to do God’s will.
Against the Wind
A German journalist's account of the life of Eberhard Arnold, who rejected mainstream Christianity for a radical discipleship of living in community as did the early church.
A Joyful Pilgrimage
Emmy Arnold’s memoir radiates joy, an enthusiasm for life, and an unflagging optimism grounded in faith. She tells the story of how she and her husband, Eberhard, came to discard all the trappings of middle-class life in 1920s German to found the Bruderhof, a Christian community based on Acts 2 and 4.