Lived 1883 - 1935

In 1920, leaving a promising career as a writer and the privileges of upper-middle-class life in Berlin, Arnold moved with his wife and children to Sannerz, a small village in central Germany, where they founded a community on the basis of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Later named the Bruderhof, this settlement grew into an international Christian community movement that is still growing and evolving today.

More info: Eberhard Arnold – Bruderhof Founder.

The Early Christians in Their Own Words

(304 pages)

The Early Christians in their own words. Selected and edited by Eberhard Arnold.

What did Christianity look like before it became an institution? Find out for yourself with this collection of firsthand accounts of the early church. Includes excerpts from Origen, Tertullian, Polycarp, Clement of Alexandria, Justin, Irenaeus, and others—and equally revealing material from their critics, detractors and persecutors.

God’s Revolution

(228 pages)

Extracts from the writings of Eberhard Arnold on justice, community, and the coming kingdom.

Eberhard Arnold doesn’t approach discipleship as a benign route to religious fulfillment, but as revolution – a transformation that begins within 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.


(429 pages)

Arnold’s classic guide into the heart of the gospel invites readers to turn from the chaos of a society distracted by violence and greed to that “inner land of the invisible, where our spirit can find the roots of its strength.”

Salt and Light

(184 pages)

Living the Sermon on the Mount.

Salt and Light became a book many years after Eberhard Arnold’s death. Its chapters were compiled and translated by members of the Bruderhof communities from articles, talks, and lectures from the years 1915–1935.

Selected writings

(239 pages)

If you’ve never read any of Eberhard Arnold’s writings before, this collection may be the best place to start. For those already familiar with the author, this e-book might be described as the Portable Arnold — a collection of the strongest and best of his prolific output.

Why we live in Community

(30 pages)

In this time-honored manifesto, Arnold adds his voice to the vital discussion of what real intentional community is all about: love, joy, unity, and the great “adventure of faith” shared with others along the way. He does not describe (or prescribe) community here, but provides a vision to guide our search.

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