Cries from the Heart: Stories of Struggle and Hope by Johann Christoph Arnold

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By Johann Christoph Arnold

People will see themselves in those tales approximately actual women and men overcoming adversity with prayer.

Cries from the Heart solutions a particular non secular starvation thousands percentage – a eager for a private connection to the divine. In occasions of trouble, we all achieve for somebody, or whatever, more than ourselves. a few name it prayer. Others do just it. for plenty of, it’s frequently like speaking to a wall.

People are trying to find insurance that somebody hears them once they cry out of their melancholy, loneliness, or frustration. the very last thing they wish is one other booklet telling them the best way to pray or what to claim, protecting out faith like a good-luck appeal. So rather than theorizing or preaching, Johann Christoph Arnold tells tales approximately actual women and men facing adversity. Their problems – which diversity from severe to relatively traditional and common – resonate with readers, supplying a problem, but in addition convenience and encouragement. humans will see themselves in those glimpses of pain, triumph, and peace.

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Tears were coming down my face. I was totally shaken up; I had never seen anything so traumatic before. I looked at Rod, and tears were pouring down his face. And behind the curtain were all these professionals who thought they could save this man. I’ve never forgotten it. There are times when you must simply stop and let God take charge. I experienced something similar in the death of Fritz, a man I knew as a child in South America. Fritz came to the Bruderhof in 1927, drawn by its radical social outlook and its practice of total community.

We knew it must be something serious. ” Relief washed over me. At least it wasn’t a death sentence like leukemia or osteosarcoma. I knew diabetes was serious, but being a nurse, I was confident that it was something we could handle easily enough. But I was wrong. Type 1 diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas stops producing insulin, so that blood-sugar levels go extremely high. A diabetic patient must be given insulin injections every day, and W W W . C H R I S T O P H A R N O L D . C O M C R I E S F R O M T H E H E A R T : S T O R I E S O F S T R U G G L E & H O P E 6 2 blood-sugar levels must be monitored several times a day to be sure they do not go too high or too low, which could lead to seizures or loss of consciousness or even death.

C H R I S T O P H A R N O L D . C O M C R I E S F R O M T H E H E A R T : S T O R I E S O F S T R U G G L E & H O P E 5 4 7. illness Adversity can come in many forms, including poverty and persecution. But when it takes the shape of illness, even the most selfpossessed person may find himself turning to God for help. Like nothing else, the physical pain of illness makes us realize the limitations of our human strength and abilities. Unlike health and happiness, it teaches us to pray. Paul and Nadine, a young couple I know, were looking forward to the arrival of their first child.

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