Be Not Afraid: Overcoming the Fear of Death



Fear of accidents or acts of terror, illness or dying, loneliness or grief - if you're like most people such anxieties may be robbing you of the peace that could be yours. In Be Not Afraid, Johann Christoph Arnold, a seasoned pastoral counselor who has accompanied many people to death's door, tells how ordinary men, women and children found the strength to conquer their deepest fears. Drawing on stories of people he has known as pastor, relative or friend, Arnold shows how suffering can be given meaning, and despair overcome. Interspersed with anecdotes from such wise teachers as Mother Teresa, Henri Nouwen, Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Arnold's words offer the assurance that even in an age of anxiety, you can live life to the full and meet death with confidence.

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$12.00  $11.04
Plough Publishing House
Publish Date
May 25, 2014
5.4 X 0.68 X 7.52 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Muchas personas han encontrado valiosos consejos de parte de Johann Christoph Arnold, galardonado autor con más de un millón de ejemplares de libros impresos, en más de 20 idiomas.

Destacado conferencista y escritor sobre matrimonio, crianza de los hijos, educación y senectud, Arnold es pastor principal del Bruderhof, movimiento de comunidades cristianas. Junto con su esposa Verena ha aconsejado a miles de personas y familias durante más de 40 años.

El mensaje de Arnold ha tomado forma a partir de encuentros con grandes pacificadores como Martin Luther King Jr., la Madre Teresa, Dorothy Day, César Chávez y Juan Pablo II. Junto con Steven McDonald, un oficial de policía paralítico, Arnold comenzó el programa Breaking the Cycle (Rompiendo el ciclo), trabajando con estudiantes en cientos de escuelas públicas preparatorias para promover la reconciliación a través del perdón. Este trabajo también lo ha llevado a zonas de conflicto, desde Irlanda del Norte y Ruanda hasta el Oriente Medio. Muy cerca de su casa, sirve como capellán en el departamento de policía local.

Arnold nació en Gran Bretaña en 1940, hijo de refugiados alemanes, pasó sus años de infancia en América del Sur, donde sus padres encontraron asilo durante la guerra; y emigró a Estados Unidos en 1955. Él y su esposa tienen ocho hijos, 44 nietos y un bisnieto. Todos viven en la zona norte del estado de Nueva York.
Madeleine L'Engle (1918-2007) was the Newbery Medal-winning author of more than 60 books, including the much-loved A Wrinkle in Time. Born in 1918, L'Engle grew up in New York City, Switzerland, South Carolina and Massachusetts. Her father was a reporter and her mother had studied to be a pianist, and their house was always full of musicians and theater people. L'Engle graduated cum laude from Smith College, then returned to New York to work in the theater. While touring with a play, she wrote her first book, The Small Rain, originally published in 1945. She met her future husband, Hugh Franklin, when they both appeared in The Cherry Orchard. Upon becoming Mrs. Franklin, L'Engle gave up the stage in favor of the typewriter. In the years her three children were growing up, she wrote four more novels. Hugh Franklin temporarily retired from the theater, and the family moved to western Connecticut and for ten years ran a general store. Her book Meet the Austins, an American Library Association Notable Children's Book of 1960, was based on this experience. Her science fantasy classic A Wrinkle in Time was awarded the 1963 Newbery Medal. Two companion novels, A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet (a Newbery Honor book), complete what has come to be known as The Time Trilogy, a series that continues to grow in popularity with a new generation of readers. Her 1980 book A Ring of Endless Light won the Newbery Honor. L'Engle passed away in 2007 in Litchfield, Connecticut.


I have read many books about dying, but this is the one I would give to someone approaching death or facing bereavement. From start to finish it shines with hope.--Paul Brand, M.D., author, Pain: The Gift Nobody Wants
Arnold's book movingly shows people coming to grasp the power of Christian hope in their encounter with death. It prepares us for that same encounter.--Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago
This is a beautiful book of surpassing dignity and tenderness. Although written with great simplicity of style, it is nonetheless a work of moral mystery...a small treasure, unpretentious and transcendent.--Jonathan Kozol, author, Amazing Grace
Fans of Arnold's perceptive, bold and profoundly spiritual writing will not be disappointed in this book, which dares to ask why humans are so afraid of death...The writing here is superb and the emotions fiercely real.--Publishers Weekly