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Escape routes : for people who feel trapped in life's hells
Arnold, Johann Christoph, 1940-
Publication Information:
Farmington, PA : Plough Pub. House, [2002]

Physical Description:
xvii, 170 pages ; 19 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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BV4501.3 .A76 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Author Notes

Johann Christoph Arnold was born in Great Britain on November 14, 1940 to German refugees. He spent his childhood in South America, where his parents found asylum during the war, before immigrating to the United States in 1955. He was a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities, for forty-three years.

He was a speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, and end-of-life issues. He wrote a dozen books include Why Forgive?, Rich in Years, Their Name Is Today, Seeking Peace, Cries from the Heart, Be Not Afraid, Why Children Matter, and Sex, God and Marriage.

He and paralyzed police officer Steven McDonald started the Breaking the Cycle program, which works with students at public high schools to promote reconciliation through forgiveness. He also served as chaplain for the local sheriff's department. Arnold died from cancer on April 15, 2017 at the age of 76.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Nearly everyone knows what it means to be trapped in a private hell. Fortunately, for the vast majority, such misery and unhappiness are fleeting, temporary lapses in an otherwise pleasant existence. Arnold writes for those who find it difficult if not impossible to find their way out of such suffering. A counselor and prolific author, he dispenses much practical advice while exposing the roots of such human perennials as loneliness, frustration, alienation, and despair. Sometimes his medicine is Zenlike in its common sense. Why devote all your energy, he asks, to an eternal hereafter when you can experience heaven here and now? Today is the only day that matters. He readily admits that there are no easy answers, but while happiness flits in and out of our lives, he suggests that we can find hope in living life in the moment. Sharing the stories of some who have overcome obstacles or confronted them head-on, Arnold urges us to believe that we can consciously choose pursuing either heaven or hell. --June Sawyers

Table of Contents

To the Readerp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Lonelinessp. 1
Against Despairp. 15
Rescuing the Pastp. 27
Success?p. 42
Sexp. 57
Cruciblesp. 69
Sufferingp. 84
Rebirthp. 101
Travel Guidesp. 118
Angelsp. 146
P.S.p. 165