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L'Abri, Paperback – 1 Nov 1970

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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Imprint unknown; New edition edition (1 Nov. 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852110030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852110034
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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L'Abri is a French word that means shelter. The first L'Abri community was founded in Switzerland in 1955 by Dr. Francis Schaeffer and his wife, Edith. Dr. Schaeffer was a Christian theologian and philosopher who also authored a number of books on theology, philosophy, general culture and the arts. The L'Abri communities are study centres in Europe, Asia and America where individuals have the opportunity to seek answers to honest questions about God and the significance of human life. L'Abri believes that Christianity speaks to all aspects of life.
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By DAWN on 23 Nov. 2011
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Beautiful written book regarding faith in God how to trust God for direction.This book represents a fine example of been led by the holyspirit and putting God first rather than ourselves. Easy to read book many lovely stories within this testimony. Highly recommended book that is not dictational.

would make a lovely present for friends or family.
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I read this book because I have known people associated with L'Abri and been left puzzled - is it a sort of Christian kibbutz or a study centre? Is it welcoming and open to people regardless of belief or is it a sect that believes that anybody who doesn't buy into a particular fundamentalist Protestant theology is damned? Is it only for ivory tower intellectuals? What is this obsession with Francis Schaeffer? I kept getting conflicting answers to these questions and hoped this book would provide me with some answers.

I knew that the Schaeffer's son Frank has become very critical of the religious system he grew up in and that some of his father's supporters have been very critical back of him. I felt that it was only fair to listen to the case for L'Abri before reading his case against.

So did Edith Schaeffer answer my questions? Absolutely not! Most of the book consists of two repeated themes: "We were desperate for funds but God provided the exact sum just in time" and "People came to the chalet from (cue list of countries) - who were (cue list of belief systems). I gave them a meal and Fran preached to them for hours. (Cue list of forenames) came to Christ that evening and said (Cue something holy but phrased in suspiciously Jacobean language)". Both are good themes but other themes are ignored.

We have, for instance, little explanation of the Schaeffers' background or how they were initially supported. They resign from a mission fund and this is portrayed as a brave stepping out in faith but there is no explanation of where this mission fund came from or how the people who had been funding them felt about the resignation.

None of the people mentioned comes to life. Even her children seem inter-changeable.
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HASH(0x921f24f8) out of 5 stars Tales of Adventurers 30 Oct. 2003
By Dr. W. G. Covington, Jr. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Imagine packing up, moving from the United States, getting a chalet in the Swiss mountains, and opening up a Christian ministry that is geared to intellectual/spiritual seekers from diverse backgrounds. That's the adventure taken by Francis and Edith Schaeffer and this book chronicles the process.
It is well-written. As the story line unfolds, you are captivated by what will happen next.
Numerous answers to prayer are included in the adventure.
Also, how often have we related to the statement she writes that, "The thing about real life is that important events don't announce themselves...Usually something that is going to change your whole life is a memory before you can stop and be impressed about it. You don't usually have a chance to get excited about that sort of thing...ahead of time!"
By the way, L'Abri is French for "The Shelter."
There are so many answers to prayer in this story that one's faith is built as the direct communication of God to His people is described in a clear way.
Edith Schaeffer writes, " has been tremendously excited to see the reality of communication with God, and to see the reality of His replies, His answers, in the realm of material things, and in the realm of the minds and hearts of human beings."
The Schaeffer's had a unique, "world-class" ministry at L'Abri. Reading about how it all came about is a faith-building exercise. I strongly recommend this book.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x921f2ae0) out of 5 stars An incredible book for both Christians and non-believers! 27 July 1998
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Format: Paperback
This book will encourage the faith of Christians and will also give honestly seeking, open-minded, intellectual non-believers something to think about.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92632504) out of 5 stars L'Abri Means Shelter... 8 Jun. 2007
By Kimberly Ann Blevins - Published on
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L'Abri is a very enjoyable book about a dedicated, creative Christian family living by faith and enjoying God's blessings and provision for their needs, over and over again.

How wonderful and inspiring to witness, through the writing of Edith Schaeffer, the birthing and growth of a ministry that God continues to bless.

The official L'Abri Fellowship website includes the following description of the ministry:

"L'Abri Fellowship began in Switzerland in 1955 when Francis and Edith Schaeffer decided in faith to open their home to be a place where people might find satisfying answers to their questions and practical demonstration of Christian care. It was called L'Abri, the French word for 'shelter,' because they sought to provide a shelter from the pressures of a relentlessly secular 20th century. As time went by, so many people came that others were called to join the Schaeffers in their work, and more branches were established."

In the book, Edith Schaeffer recounts the day that the name "L'Abri" came to the mind of her husband Francis Schaeffer (philosopher, prolific author), he said, "Let's call it L'Abri, and let these people know that they are welcome to come back and bring friends with them."

I first read L'Abri about twenty-five to thirty years ago, and have dreamed since then of a ministry similar to L'Abri, one that would be about faithfully teaching God's word and living God's truth, day by day, starting out of our home, or small- to medium-sized working farm or retreat, where our day-to-day living -- whatever that included -- would be part of the teaching, part of the ministry. Recently, the dream has been coming into clearer focus and continues to clarify, pending God's go-ahead, or "green light," but I do see how He has been preparing us for this or something like this for many, many years. God's timing is perfect.

At the time I first read this book, I was so inspired by Edith Schaeffer herself that I read every book she had written that I could get my hands on, which as I recall included The Hidden Art of Homemaking and What is a Family?, and I enjoyed both of them very much. Her writings inspired and guided me.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x921f2c48) out of 5 stars Inspirational and down-to-earth. 23 July 1997
By A Customer - Published on
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Join the exciting saga of L'Abri Fellowship, begun in Switzerland by a Christian family who pray for every need and depend on God to provide and to guide.
-->How do these ordinary people love and teach the international truth-seekers who drop by constantly?
-->What happens when they are ordered out of Switzerland for "having a religious influence"?
If you are a seeker of truth, or a believer in Jesus, or even just frustrated with the world, please read this book - or arrange to drop by!

more info about L'Abri Fellowship:
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x921f2b4c) out of 5 stars Wonderful! 9 Nov. 2003
By Mark Nenadov - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is tremendous, I just couldn't put it down. It gives a narrative overview of the history of L'Abri from Edith's perspective. This is a wonderful book for those who wish to find out more about the work of L'Abri.
Particuarly touching was the interesting accounts of the power of prayer.
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