Against the Wind: Eberhard Arnold and the Bruderhof by Markus Baum

By Markus Baum

The first-ever biography of an uncompromising innovative for Christ whose witness nonetheless reverberates all over the world. Markus Baum, a admired 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 hundreds of thousands of younger women and men in Weimar Germany rejected traditional mores and struck out on a special direction. Arnold, a tender and aspiring author and speaker, performed a fashionable position during this ''Youth Movement,'' yet later left the limelight to reside the solutions he had chanced on, beginning a small group in keeping with Christ's teachings and instance.

Against the Wind indicates Arnold's wide-ranging effect on different religious leaders of his day, his lonely stand opposed to the increase of Nazism, and his carrying on with legacy - the Bruderhof neighborhood stream - which makes his lifestyles as suitable this day as ever.

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As backing, Eberhard had a small inheritance from a great-aunt in Bremen, just enough to provide a simple standard of living for another year. Eberhard certainly did not possess sufficient funds for a wedding or for setting up a household, nor even enough to cover the extra costs of a new doctoral thesis. Emmy could expect a modest sum to furnish their home from various family endowments and legacies, but for the most part, she would have to earn her own livelihood. The step to financial independence from their parents would have been rash for both Eberhard and Emmy if they had not shared a trust in God and the certainty that he would provide for all their needs.

They understood one another immediately – there was no difference in their views. On Wednesday evening Eberhard escorted Emmy to the meeting, where, to his joy, she publicly declared that in the past few days she had decided for a life with Jesus. On the way home he expressed his certainty that God had led them together and told Emmy that he wanted to visit her parents on Good Friday. At that time the von Hollanders lived in a newly built town house, Dessauer Strasse 8A, on the eastern edge of Halle, only a few steps away from the water tower – an imposing structure even today.

His real destination, however, was the SCM in Halle. There, his plans for baptism created only momentary ripples, and the SCM stood by their job offer. The part-time position in the SCM allowed him to regain perspective, at least for the moment, and it enabled him to continue his studies without his parents’ financial support. ” he mused in the same letter. But he did not mention this again and returned to the most obvious solution: philosophy. On October 16 he arrived in Halle and placed an ad in the Generalanzeiger (the classified ads) for a room.

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