In Mennonite circles these books were widely used, replacing older, genuinely Mennonite devotional material (which was never very extensive). In fact the Wahres Christentum was the most used devotional book in German Mennonite families from about the middle of the 17th century on for possibly two centuries. With the exception of Gottfried Arnold, no Lutheran author had such enduring influence in Mennonite circles as Arndt, working for an unnoticed shift in Mennonite piety toward Pietism. Many of his books were found in Canadian Mennonite communities. It has not been known until recent a times that the Paradiesgärtlein served also as a source for the first Swiss-Mennonite prayerbook the Ernsthafte Christenpflicht of 1739.
Friedmann, Robert. Mennonite Piety Through the Centuries: its Genius and its Literature. Goshen, IN: Mennonite Historical Society, 1949. Reprinted Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1976.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 85.
Keeps, W. Johannes Arndt, eine Untersuchung über die Mystek im Luthertum. 1912.
Winter, F. J. Johann Arndt, der Verfasser des 'Wahren Christentums' : ein christliches Lebensbild. Leipzig, 1911.
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