From the Book: "About the Author, Helmut-Dieter Hartmann"

Helmut-Dieter Hartmann, born in 1928, is a management consultant. He worked as an internationally active company owner from 1972 until 1992. At the age of 15 he was called up for military service from Hoffmann von Fallersleben secondary school in Brunswick. The resultant interruption to his education inevitably led to his career aspirations being set aside, although he successfully pursued this unforeseen new direction up to and beyond 1996.

His personal contact with the war, its fears, horrors and cruelty was an experience that had a profound impact on him. The sequence of events in the author`s life that led to the Bible becoming the center of his life and thinking was characterized by an ongoing search for a religious home.

Having been baptized Lutheran, he was first shaped by his grandmother`s introduction into Christian Science and the proclamations of Mary Baker Eddy at the age of 5 or 6. After his confirmation during the Nazi rule the Catholic church services, with their color and splendor held a strong attraction. An interest in psychology was aroused through professional interests, and eventually the works of Victor E. Frankl, Vienna had a formative influence on the author. This was followed by two years` intensive private study of philosophy and religious philosophy at Brunswick college.

This development was accompanied by an introduction to Freemasonry, in which the author was active for more than 40 years, acquiring a position of honor (PSGW, K.C.T.) within the grand lodge of the British freemasons in Germany (Ecclesiastes 12:8).[see footnote 1]

Another aspect in the search was coming across SUBUD (Susilah Budhi Dharma), a brotherhood movement of Pak Subuh, Indonesia which was also established in Germany via England. In short, SUBUD can be described as a technique that teaches one to better understand the religion of his birth. In the end the claim of individuals in charge of the movement to be infallible in establishing the truth (1Corinthians 3:19)[see footnote 2] became a stumbling block along the path of this search for a spiritual home in the SUBUD movement.

This left a vacuum in the author`s life. Therefore, after moving, he appreciated the contact that opened up with the Lutheran regional church in Hannover which could be actively deepened.

Questions remained, along with an urge to find answers.

[1] Vanity of vanities, says the preacher; all is vanity.
[2] "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God." As it is written: "He takes the wise in their own craftiness." (1Corinthians 3:19; Job 5:13).