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Homage to a Broken Man

Homage to a Broken Man

The Life of J. Heinrich Arnold – A true story of faith, forgiveness, sacrifice, and community

by Peter Mommsen

"I finished reading the book and was filled with wonder at the life of such a man. What powerful inspiration!" —Martin Sheen, actor

About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

J. Heinrich Arnold was a broken man. Some spoke of his humility and compassion; others of his frankness and earthy humor. In his presence, complete strangers poured out their darkest secrets and left transformed. Others wanted him dead.

Homage to a Broken Man: Q&A with Author Peter Mommsen

Homage to a Broken Man: Q&A with Author Peter Mommsen

My grandfather's story shows what it means to love your neighbor as yourself – that means being willing to risk being broken.

Read the Foreword by Eugene Peterson

Read the Foreword by Eugene Peterson

"As in the days of old, God calls out the most unlikely heroes, uses imperfect people for his glory, and remains faithful to his people no matter how far they stray."

Praise for Homage to a Broken Man

Praise for Homage to a Broken Man

"What an extraordinary life. In many ways it's a sad and sorrowful life -- but one lived in the light of the gospel. A truly moving story." —Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University

Book Roundtable: Join the Conversation with our Bloggers

Too Much Sacrifice, Too Much Sin?

Too Much Sacrifice, Too Much Sin?

Bruce Epperly

As I read the text, I pondered Heiner’s lived theology. He practiced radical hospitality and forgiveness, it appeared, to everyone but himself. 

A Biography I Couldn't Put Down

A Biography I Couldn't Put Down

Rebecca Florence Miller

I would argue that Arnold made some big mistakes as a leader, but it would be hard to find a leader with more humility and heart for his people. Sometimes when we dare greatly, we make big mistakes. But failing to dare is a mistake too. Heiner dared greatly and loved greatly.

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