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Books offer deeper look into Moravian History

Are you interested in learning more about the history of the Moravian Church? Here are three volumes offered by the IBOC that can teach you what you want to know, answer your questions and strengthen your connection to those who made the Moravian Church what it is today.

History of the Unity of the Brethren
By Rudolf Rican,
translated by C. Daniel Crews

History of the Unity of the Brethren provides an in-depth, comprehensive history of the Unity from the Hussite Revolution through the creation of the Unity of the Brethren and the life of Jan Amos Comenius. Detailed accounts of events and explanations of developments in theology bring this history to life. One of the definitive histories of the Unity of the Brethren, written in 1957 to mark the 500th anniversary of its founding, this volume includes a full translation of Rican’s book by Daniel Crews making the story accessible to English readers.

The Moravian Church Through the Ages
By John R. Weinlick and Albert H. Frank

The Moravian Church Through the Ages spans more than 500 years of Moravian history, from the 1450s to present day, taking the Moravian Church from Europe to America and throughout the world. This book illustrates the roles of some of the great figures in the founding of the Moravian Church, including Christian David, Count Zinzendorf and John Watteville. A section on Moravian Heritage outlines basic Moravian beliefs and their origins, the many ways in which worship is conducted and how education came to be an important part of the Moravian community.

A Collection of Sermons from Zinzendorf’s Pennsylvania Journey
Translated by Julie Tomberlin Weber,
Edited by Craig D. Atwood

Do you ever wonder how Count Zinzendorf was able to impact your faith today from hundreds of years in the past? Do you wonder how he might still impact your faith in the present?

In the early 1740s Zinzendorf journeyed to Pennsylvania to bring the Moravian settlers into his “ecumenical theology of the heart,” teaching his “heart religion” and “theology of the cross.” Zinzendorf’s style of preaching aims to move the heart, not just the mind, and his sermons have an immediacy and an emotional impact. The only English translation of these sermons, Zinzendorf can still speak directly to you on themes that have become the centerpiece of Moravian faith while providing a true outline of Moravian identity.

All three of these books are available from the IBOC. For more information, visit


From the December 2013 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, July 20 — Psalm 88:1–5
Deuteronomy 29:22–31:8; Luke 10:17–24

I will bring them through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. Zechariah 13:9 (NKJV)

Paul wrote: We also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Romans 5:3–4

God, sometimes life feels too difficult to bear and we cannot feel you with us. Help us to be more aware of your presence even in the most challenging situations, and strengthen us to face the day. Amen.

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