Sunday, January 11, 2015

Thoughts on Living as a Disciple of Christ

J. Heinrich Arnold grew up in a small Christian community in Sanerz, Germany and eventually became a leader of the community. This small group tried to live on the basis of Acts 2 and 4 and the Sermon on the Mount. As a leader of the community in later life, Arnold was asked to address many problems of spiritual life and community living. His writings on these topics form the basis of this book.

The writings are divided into three sections: The Disciple, The Church, and The Kingdom of God. Although in each section, Arnold offers advice and consolation on topics pertinent to living in a community and the trials affecting daily life, his focus is on Christ and the cross and making Christianity a living faith.

The book is not designed as a book of meditations, but the writings can be used as a part of daily meditation. I recommend reading the passages from the Bible in conjunction with the relevant passages. At times, Arnold's interpretations differ from modern church doctrine, but in all instances they are worth reading.

I highly recommend this book. It's a collection of writings that will make you think.

I reviewed this book for Handlebar Publishing.