By Annemarie Wachter, Marianne Wright, Erna Albertz

ISBN-10: 0874868548

ISBN-13: 9780874868548

Even if she was once for a few years the spouse of a pastor, Annemarie Waechter Arnold used to be recognized for her dislike of spiritual speech and pious utterances, who prefer as a substitute to precise her religion in sensible gestures of affection. a contented and full of life lady, she touched the lives of hundreds of thousands with deeds of generosity, kindness, and encouragement. Few who knew her as an grownup could have famous her because the teen who wrote in her diary: "There is just not anything in me, i'm not anything, i've got no opinion, no conviction, no path, no nothing...what is God? i do not understand even if i feel in him or do not believe in him...this internal loneliness is the worst factor there's, occasionally it will possibly kill you." This booklet is the tale, instructed in Annemarie's personal phrases, of her course from doubt and depression to a lifetime of objective, religion, and pleasure. Annemarie used to be set in this direction while she spoke back to a decision from God so robust and direct that it abolished all her doubts. This name led her to a lifestyles in Christian neighborhood the place she may well devote herself thoroughly to practising God's coming state of justice and love. As she wrote, "It is infinitely reassuring to understand that there's an absolute fact, an infinitely nice love. it truly is terrific to grasp that one doesn't need to squander one's lifestyles, one doesn't have to ask anymore what lifestyles is de facto for, what its function is."

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We shared everything companionably and, while studying, refreshed ourselves with great quantities of apples and oranges bought cheaply. We also shopped for other things together – guitars with which to sing folk songs, and other objects we needed for our apartment. 21 a n n i My chief interest was the study of religion. I concerned myself with the theology of Friedrich Gogarten, a friend of Karl Barth. It fascinated us both. I had studied a book of his, The Religious Decision. Naturally, such a thing had to be discussed by the two of us into the early hours of the morning.

The ocean altogether is something so magnificent and powerful that it makes you forget everything petty and technical. There is such power in this element that you wonder that it does not simply crush such a wretched little human ship to pieces and throw it out. I 31 a n n i did not have the impression that the ocean consisted of water, but that it was a being with countless forms that enjoys changing itself every moment and showing its power in doing so. We spent the evening philosophizing together in the reading room at the hostel, then left at three o’clock the next day and drove home, arriving at 8:00 in the morning.

It’s certainly very nice to have a proper vacation in summer, although it’s sad that it doesn’t coincide 42 t h a l e c o l l e g e exactly with ours at home. When we start in the afterschool care department in September, we’ll still learn all about summer activities and that will of course be very nice. During the time before our study trip we still want to go to Trautenstein near Hasselfelde once again. There is a children’s home there and we want to spend a day observing how it is run. By the way could you please send my bike right away or as soon as possible by freight.

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