This meticulously documented story of faith serves as a handbook of heroism for believers today. God knows, we too are "besieged" by forces of untruth and duplicity. May we, like the Bruderhof, be found faithful.
-- Daniel Berrigan
Scripture tells us that we are to be a counter-cultural community, living out the radical teachings of Christ. This book sets a pattern for those who want to live faithfully in opposition to the dictatorial consumeristic culture of our age.
--Tony Campolo, Eastern University, St. Davids, PA
In An Embassy Besieged, a small community of Christians courageously and graciously refuses to compromise their faith in the face of the worst human evil. Their witness has much to teach us today in a world so riddled with prejudice, so tired of militarism, so starved for grace, and so desperate for imagination.
-- Shane Claiborne, author, activist
Seeking to embody the Sermon on the Mount and articulating a clear Anabaptist theology of church and state, the early Bruderhof movement gives a courageous testimony to nonviolence in a harsh totalitarian state. Emmy Barth tells a compelling and well-crafted story that is hard to put down.
-- Donald B. Kraybill, author, The Upside Down Kingdom
This book reads like a modern Book of Acts. It is not only a fascinating and inspiring chronicle, but one of the best inside views of the rise of the Third Reich. Barth provides an invaluable account of how a community of Christians negotiated the moral and spiritual challenges of that terrible time.
--Robert Ellsberg, author, Modern Spiritual Classics
Emmy Barth has expertly and lovingly woven together a seamless narrative that vividly chronicles the Bruderhof community's sacrifice, heroism, faith, determination and courage. An Embassy Besieged is an inspiration to today's readers.
-- Ari L. Goldman, author, The Search for God at Harvard
This moving story raises profound questions: Can we deny God's presence in any enemy? What does it mean to carry out Jesus' command to love the enemy in the context of a nation carrying out demonic policies? And how should the church act today in a national security state whose weapons and policies threaten the world? Barth's depiction of the Bruderhof's life and trials in Nazi Germany offers inspiration and hope for our own, equally profound questions of Christian discipleship.
-- Jim Douglass, author, JFK and the Unspeakable
Arnold once said: "To be an ambassador for God's kingdom is something tremendous. When we take this service upon us, we enter into mortal danger." In 1937 the Gestapo confiscated the Bruderhof's farm and dissolved their community. The few remaining members were expelled under guard, apart from three men detained in prison for alleged fraud. Their escape to freedom makes a fitting close to this lively, detailed account of one community's courageous witness to the gospel.
--John Conway, author, The Nazi Persecution of the Churches