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Count Zinzendorf: Firstfruit

(Christian Heroes: Then & Now #29)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Count Zinzendorf opened his estate to persecuted Moravian Christians, and under his leadership this vibrant community launched the modern missions movement. Beginning at Herrnhut and traveling as far as Africa, America, and Russia, the bold believers of the Moravian Church planted seeds that continue to bear fruit even today.
Paperback, 185 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by YWAM Publishing
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Abby Irwin
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was a nice short book with a great story that was very encouraging. Loved it!
Wayne Walker
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When we lived in northeast Ohio many years ago, we had several occasions to visit the area around New Philadelphia, Uhrichsville, Dover, Schoenbrunn, Tuscarawas, and Gnadenhutten where there was a lot of Moravian Church history and the Moravian Church is still fairly strong. As a minister, I have always been interested in religious history. Though descended from the followers of early reformer Jan Hus and based upon the principles which he taught, the modern Moravian Church is primarily the resu ...more
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
In fact, just about every person Ludwig knew was a strong Christian. So it was not surprising that he grew up thinking that every young boy prayed, sing hymns, and read his Bible.

... the warm, Christian atmosphere they had created, where arguments were solved with prayer and forgiveness.

“If it was good enough for the Lord Jesus to become a servant so that we might be saved, it is a worthy calling for us also. I leave it to the good judgment of the congregation and have no other ground than this
Luann Habecker
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Concerning the repeated focus and goal of dismissing all differences and becoming one unified "church" pg 41, 119
pg 83 "IN more places they visited, they were forbidden from preaching directly to the congregation. Instead they gathered together small groups of like-minded Christians and told them about Herrnhut and all God was doing among them. They then encouraged the people to put aside their differences and act as one united church."

pg 113 "We worship the same God, and we understand each othe
Thea Smith
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Firstfruit seemed the perfect follow on from The Story of 24-7 Prayer as it tells the life story of Count Zinzendorf and the Moravian church which partly inspired the birth of 24/7. It’s a short book written mainly for teens as part of the Christian Hero’s - Then & Now series by YWAM but well worth a read by anyone wanting to know more about passionate committed Christians who took prayer, community and taking the gospel to others seriously in the 18th century. Plenty to give thanks for, inspire ...more
Jeremy Utley
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice account of a man of God, who bridged many social divides and dismissed many conventions to reach the list and unite divided believers. Easy to read.
Adam Balshan
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography, missions
3.5 stars [Biography]
(W: 2.75 / P: 3 / T: 4.5)
Exact rating: 3.42
#8 in genre, out of 28

Stunning truth in a fast read about a German nobleman using his whole life for Christ, and working towards Christian Unity in the world. His "Moravians" prayed non-stop for 100 years, worked alongside slaves in the Caribbean and Native Americans in Pennsylvania, were imprisoned by Germans and Dutch, were massacred by Americans and Native Americans, and yet more stood up to take the place of the fallen every ti
Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf, a pietist nobleman in Saxony followed God's call to become a preacher, hymn writer, and patron to the persecuted Moravians. He was also a missionary who had the vision and inspired many to take the gospel around the world. Speaking to missionaries, Ludwig said, "...The missionary must seek nothing for himself...each of you must wear blinkers that blind you to every danger and to every snare and conceit. You must be content to suffer, to die, and be forgotten." Man ...more
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Children's book about a great man of the faith and some of the things he experienced. I thought it was a good review of his life; succinct, easy to read, reasonably factual (I assume), and well-written. Naturally, it was interesting too. ...more
Jun 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
An easy read, loaded with action and missionary adventure. Really an inspiring read. Would recommend it to home schoolers. Count Zinzendorf's legacy lives on in the recent upserge 24/7 prayer movements. ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very interesting read.
Leigh Black
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Not my favorite book, but definitely a good one to read for anyone ten years or older!! You should definitely read it!
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