The Inner Life: Inner Land--A Guide into the Heart of the Gospel, Volume 1 (Eberhard Arnold Centennial Editions)
The Inner Life Inner Land--A Guide into the Heart of the Gospel Volume 1 - Eberhard Arnold Centennial Editions Author:Eberhard Arnold A trusted guide into the inner realm where our spirits find strength to master life and live for God. — It is hard to exaggerate the significance of Innerland, either for Eberhard Arnold or his readers. It absorbed his energies off and on for most of his adult life--from World War I, when he published the first chapter under the title War: A Call... more » to Inwardness, to 1935, the last year of his life.
Packed in metal boxes and buried at night for safekeeping from the Nazis, who raided the author?s study a year before his death (and again a year after it), Innerland was not openly critical of Hitler?s regime. Nevertheless, it attacked the spirits that animated German society: its murderous strains of racism and bigotry, its heady nationalistic fervor, its mindless mass hysteria, and its vulgar materialism. In this sense Innerland stands as starkly opposed to the zeitgeist of our own day as to that of the author?s.
At a glance, the focus of Innerland seems to be the cultivation of the spiritual life as an end in itself. Nothing could be more misleading. In fact, to Eberhard Arnold the very thought of encouraging the sort of selfish solitude whereby people seek their own private peace by shutting out the noise and rush of public life around them is anathema. He writes in The Inner Life:« less