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Homage to a Broken Man:
The Life of J. Heinrich Arnold – A true story of faith, forgiveness, sacrifice, and community
by Peter Mommsen
"What a challenging, deeply moving, and honest book! Heinrich Arnold and his wife Annemarie suffered so much...Thank you for bringing their spirit alive to those who did not have the joy of knowing them."
—Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
"I finished reading the book and was filled with wonder at the life of such a man. What powerful inspiration!"
—Martin Sheen, actor
"What goes through the hearts and minds of great men? In this wise and sensitive volume, Peter Mommsen brings the life of J. Heinrich Arnold into clear and penetrating focus. It is a book full of vital lessons about leadership, patience, sacrifice and forgiveness."
—Ari Goldman, Columbia University, author of Being Jewish
"With candor and honesty, Mommsen shares the joy and pathos, suffering and love, deceit and forgiveness of a Christian community. It is a breathtaking story, and reads like a novel. I couldn't put it down."
—Donald Kraybill, author of The Upside-Down Kingdom
"Thank you for this book. I was deeply moved by Heinrich Arnold's life, by the sufferings of the community, and by the resurrection. I will certainly recommend it to many."
—Jean Vanier, author, founder, L'Arche communities
"What a tragic, beautiful life, and recounted with such candor and delicacy. I am delighted, and heartened, and moved to tears."
—Daniel Berrigan, poet and author
"One of the most moving books I have read - and one of the most instructive. For all those concerned with living a life of meaning and integrity, it ought to be required reading."
—Shira Dicker, founder and president, Shira Dicker Media International
"This inspiring biography does more than simply recount the story of a fascinating life. It describes an adventure that challenges the reader to ask, 'What would my life look like if I lived as if the Gospel were really true?'"
—Robert Ellsberg, Editor-in-Chief, Orbis Books
"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