Discipleship: Living for Christ in the Daily Grind (New, Expanded)  -     By: J. Heinrich Arnold
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Discipleship: Living for Christ in the Daily Grind (New, Expanded)

Plough Publishing House / 2013 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 297
Vendor: Plough Publishing House
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.40 (inches)
ISBN: 0874868769
ISBN-13: 9780874868760

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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 really possible today? Many of the selections in this book offer answers to specific needs or problems. Others grapple with broader themes such as world suffering, salvation, and the coming of the kingdom of God. All of them pulsate with conviction and compassion, giving fresh hope to those who find themselves lonely or disheartened in the daily search to follow Christ.
J. Heinrich Arnold served for many years as elder of the Bruderhof, a Christian communal movement. "Discipleship" contains writings, letters, and talks from his forty years of service as pastor, marriage counselor, educator, and parent.

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  1. Kansas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Discipleship by J. Heinrich Arnold
    December 30, 2014
    cathy
    Kansas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Discipleship is a newly explanded book by the late J. Heinrich Arnold who died in 1982. Mr. Arnold grew up in post WWI. His upper-class family left everything in Berlin to live in Sannerz, Germany living as directed in Acts in communal living. This book explains the Bible in ways not usually expressed by the preachers of today. He tells of a loving savior who forgives all of our sins but he doesn't let the reader off the hook. He does not preach of living however you want and then repeatedly asking for forgiveness--he straight out tells the reader that our God is not stupid nor easily fooled. One cannot continually ask forgiveness if one plans to continually repeating the sin.

    This is a difficult read. It does not tell the story of Jesus' love in anyway that the reader has ever heard before. If you are ready to change your life and want a life lived close to God then read this book. This book tells you that you have not become so sinful that you cannot be forgiven. This book tells of Jesus love for the reader and his sacrifice and grace. Jesus stands ready to forgive and love all who come to him. This book teaches humility. He teaches that the least of these, the poor, the children, the unloved are those who we the Christian must love. Mr Arnold backs up all of his writings with scripture readings and I don't mean he has a few footnotes, virtually every paragraph has scripture backing it and also has a reference guide in the back. This book need not be read front to back. It is divided into 3 parts: the disciple, the church, and the kingdom of God. Each of these are further divided into little chapters so that it can be used as needs arise in the reader's life. In the words of Mother Teresa who wrote after reading it said: "....He has not called us to be successful, but to be faithful." This is a book for those who are seeking and for those who have found but need a guide to keep them on track. I would advise reading this book for adult readers.

    This book was provided by Handlebar for this review.
  2. Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Discipleship ~ J. Heinrich Arnold
    December 27, 2014
    debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is not a book that you would just pick up and read as a story. It is more of a reference book that you would use on certain subjects. It is a quick reference on many subjects: Faith, Purity, Commitment, Trust, Forgiveness, Unity, Baptism, Leadership, The Church, Suffering, Salvation, JESUS and many more. I found it as an easy read and has an easy ability to find what you are looking for. I like the way it has reference of the bible verse in the margins, allowing you to refer to the subject in your bible.

    I would recommend this as an addition to anyone that would want a quick and fast reference guide. You can also just pick it up and start reading on any subject at anytime. You can take a few minutes or half an hour read, this book really gives you many options for your needs.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Plough Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising



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  3. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Collection of challenging sayings
    December 14, 2014
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book is not an organized treatise on discipleship. Rather, it is a collection of short writings from Arnold, compiled and edited by several people who knew him personally.

    It took me a while to get into the book. At first, it seemed like a rather random collection of Arnold's words, placed under broad topics. Then I hit a zinger. Then another. I was hooked. Arnold is painfully to the point. Don't read this book unless you are willing to be confronted about your spiritual life.

    Consider this one:

    From a letter: Dear sister, turn away from your opinionatedness and your need to be in the right. How different things would be if you had a humble, listening ear. When we speak, let us be open to the heart of another. Let us share with one another and listen to one another. Ultimately we have to see that we are all stumbling blocks. Only God is good. (57)

    Can you imagine receiving a letter like that from your own pastor? Or one like this?

    From a letter: Dear sister, it seems to me that there is an atmosphere of eroticism around you, and I want to warn you about this. (66)

    How about receiving a letter like this one about how we converse?

    From a letter: It is important to be straightforward and honest about your true feelings. Rather be too rude than too smooth, too blunt than too kind. Rather say an unkind word that is true than one that is 'nice' but untrue. You can always be sorry for an unkind word, but hypocrisy causes permanent harm unless special grace is given. (83)

    Arnold was part of a community attempting to live like the early church in Acts. So you'll find he said, We must give up all private property and all thirst for collecting things for ourselves. Wealth brings about death because it isolates the heart from God and from one's fellowman. The way of Jesus means complete possessionlessness! (96) That may be hard for some to take in our American independent and financially secure Christian experience. When we speak about the authority of leaders in the church, it should be very clear that we never mean authority over people. (107) That might upset some leaders in the American church. And the section on church discipline may be totally foreign to many contemporary Christians.

    This is not a book one would sit down and read from cover to cover. The relatively short writings (a paragraph or two) can be used for devotional readings. One could also go to a particular topic and read the writings offered. A Scripture index is included as well.

    i received a complimentary copy of this book through Handlebar for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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