By Markus Baum

The first-ever biography of an uncompromising progressive for Christ whose witness nonetheless reverberates worldwide. Markus Baum, a favorite German journalist, provides Eberhard Arnold (1883-1935) as a job version for ultra-modern disaffected younger new release.

Baum's hugely readable account examines the forces that formed Arnold's lifestyles. He recreates a colourful period while hundreds of thousands of younger women and men in Weimar Germany rejected traditional mores and struck out on a unique direction. Arnold, a tender and aspiring author and speaker, performed a in demand position during this ''Youth Movement,'' yet later left the limelight to dwell the solutions he had came across, beginning a small group in accordance with Christ's teachings and instance.

Against the Wind exhibits Arnold's wide-ranging effect on different non secular leaders of his day, his lonely stand opposed to the increase of Nazism, and his carrying on with legacy - the Bruderhof group flow - which makes his lifestyles as appropriate this present day as ever.

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Eberhard came right to the point. He had passed his examination. Now he requested that Johann Heinrich von Hollander give him Emmy’s papers and honor his promise not to further deter their marriage. After some preliminary hesitation the lawyer opened his strongbox and gave his future son-in-law Emmy’s birth certificate, her certificate of nobility, and her proof of nationality. Eberhard and Emmy lost no time and went that same morning to the registrar in north Halle. The first possible date for their wedding was December 20.

From Eberhard’s doctoral thesis on nietzsche. 38 Changing CourSE Eberhard did not wait in Breslau to receive the official refusal from the church council but left on October 2, 1908, for a two-week stay in Lichtenrade with his uncle Ernst Ferdinand Klein. 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.

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. For the time being he would board at the home of Sievert, the mine director. By now Emmy had returned from her restful getaway, and Eberhard wasted no time. He arranged to meet her that very afternoon to celebrate their reunion and to discuss the many things they had been waiting to tell each other. Above all, they wanted to prepare themselves in prayer for the urgently necessary talk with Emmy’s parents.

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