Essential Writings Paperback – 20 Oct 2008
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`At first you might not notice it, but gradually you will come to realize that Jean Vanier brings you in touch with a place inside yourself that few people have reached.' --Henri J. M. Nouwen (1985)
`For those of us who read his books or attend his lectures, Jean Vanier is a spiritual friend on the journey of life. His word, perfectly coherent with his life, inspires us to follow and, like him, to become more truly human.'
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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.
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