By R. Lejeune
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt (1842-1919) was once an unique. He used to be at domestic nowhere: he belonged neither to church circles nor to secular ones. He was once a humiliation to Christians and non-Christians alike. He appeared to problem and disconcert everybody. And but he possessed an odd self assurance in God's background; a self assurance that encouraged wish in lots of, and that keeps to take action even this present day. during this newly revised quantity, Lejeune offers a quick precis of Blumhardt's existence, by means of nineteen of his thought-provoking sermons.
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