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Overview In 1964 Jean Vanier, a philosopher and former naval officer, moved into a dilapidated house with two companions to form the first L'Arche community. In time L'Arche grew into an international network of communities in which people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them share their lives together. Though Vanier's roots are Roman Catholic, the movement is deeply ecumenical, and his essential message of compassion, community, and the dignity and value of human life, strikes a universal chord. "We are healed by the poor and the weak, that we are transformed by them if we enter into relationship with them . . . they call us together, in unity and peace, to build community."
Publishers Description In 1964 Jean Vanier, a philospher and former naval officer, moved into a dilappidated house with two companions and started the first L'Arche community. In time this grew into an international network of communities in which people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them share their lives together. Though Vanier's roots are Roman Catholic, the movement is deeply ecumenical, and his message of compassion, community, and his stress on the dignity and value of human life, has struck a universal chord. This collection of his essential writings, published to mark Vanier's 80th birthday, reflect the great discovery of his life: "that we are healed by the poor and the weak, that we are transformed by them if we enter into relationship with them, that the weak and the vulnerable have a gift to give to our world. . . they call us together, in unity and peace, to build community."
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Library Journal - 01/15/2009 page 71
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Studio: Orbis Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.76" Width: 5" Height: 0.51" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Oct 30, 2008
Publisher Orbis Books
Series Modern Spiritual Masters
ISBN 1570758069 ISBN13 9781570758065
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More About Jean Vanier & Carolyn Whitney-Brown
Jean Vanier is the founder of L'Arche, an international network of communities for people with developmental disabilities. He lives in Trosly-Breuil, France. Jonathan Boulet-Groulx lives in Montreal.
Jean Vanier currently resides in Trosly-Breuil. Jean Vanier was born in 1928.
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Jean Vanier Essential reviews Dec 29, 2008
This is an outstanding book. It really captures many of Jean's best works. Am enjoying his very inspiring works. Would suggest this book to anyone who desires to capture the real gift of Jean Vanier
"I moved from the world of theories and ideas about human beings to discover what it really meant to be human..." Sep 10, 2008
So says L'Arche founder Jean Vanier about his own spiritual journey (p. 29). son of one of Canada's first families, military man, and Ph.Ded philosopher, Vanier was accustomed to taking charge of his fellow humans when he was in proximity to them, and abstractly dissecting them when he was thinking about them. But his encounter with mentally and physically broken humans in the late 1950s, coupled with a growing spiritual restlessness, led him to a dramatic and dynamic life change. Ever since, Vanier has lived and written about the path of "downward mobility." In doing so, he (like Henri Nouwen) invites the rest of us to rethink our understanding of both our own life goals and God. He invites us to see vulnerability as a blessing rather than a liability, and to recognize that one of our greatest strengths, and one of God's greatest strengths, is precisely the weakness to allow ourselves to be touched by others.
Carolyn Whitney-Brown, who herself worked at a L'Arche community for the better part of a decade and knows Vanier personally, has put together an excellent collection of Vanier's essential writings and prefaced it with an informative Introduction. The writings focus on transforming the world, transforming the local community, transforming the self, and exploring the Christian life. They're written with a simplicity that can be deceptive. It's all too easy to dismiss Vanier as a simplistic thinker (another similarity with Nouwen). But in fact Vanier's writing tends to presuppose sophisticated arguments without belaboring them. His style is to write prose that invites meditation, rather than arguments that compel assent.
An excellent addition to the Modern Spiritual Masters series.