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Publication Date: 4 Sep 2018
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 144
ISBN-13: 9780281081523, 9780281081530

We Need One Another

Responding to God's Call to Live Together
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‘Jean Vanier brings you in touch with a place inside
yourself that few people have reached.’
Henri J. M. Nouwen

In April 2008, Jean Vanier led a simple retreat in Nyahururu, Kenya – a place that, not long before, had been shattered by violence and bloodshed. With frequent reference to the Gospel of John, Vanier communicated God’s love and care to a group of deeply shaken people. His talks are offered here to ‘help each one of us become messengers of peace, of mercy, and of forgiveness’.

‘To be loved by those [who are famous, beautiful, and admired] gives us a good feeling. But to be loved by the poor, by those with disabilities . . . is the real place where unconditional love and healing will find us. How do we come to that practically in our lives? In this book, Jean Vanier gives us both a vision and a map.’
Ronald Rolheiser
About the Author
Jean Vanier is a philosopher, theologian and man of letters, with a great and compassionate heart. He was awarded the Templeton Prize in 2015 (past recipients including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and H.H. the Dalai Lama). The first L’Arche Community was started in 1964 in Trosly-Breuil, a village in the north of Paris when Vanier invited two people with intellectual disabilities to live with him in a small house. This house he called L’Arche, French for ‘The Ark’, a name then adopted by all communities around the world founded on these principles. Today L’Arche is made up of 151 communities spread over five continents.
Press Reviews

His powerful message and practice of love has the potential to change the world.

- Jennifer Simpson, granddaughter of Sir John Templeton, announcing award of the 2015 Templeton Prize to Vanier

We not only need people like Jean Vanier who have learned to understand the anxiety of being human and fragile, but also the joy of being human and fragile.

- Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalen College, Cambridge

The witness and teachings of Jean Vanier have never been so necessary.

- Michael W. Higgins, author, Jean Vanier: Logician of the Heart

[On Life’s Great Questions]: What is the nature of reality? What are we living for? How can we
love? There is no individual, across time and space, whose feet I would
rather sit at, exploring such questions, than Jean Vanier. And now, in
his ninth decade, he has written this beautiful, searching book in which
he takes us by the hand and walks us through these questions as he has
lived and embodied and grown into them in the course of an extraordinary
life. This book is a gift to us all, as is Jean Vanier himself.

- Krista Tippet, creator and host, 'On Being'

Sentimentality is the great enemy of the good. In this lovely book of
hard-won wisdom, Vanier avoids sentimentality by listening to those
with mental disabilities. Their fears and courage shape Vanier’s soul
and this book may even serve to shape ours as well.

- Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law, Duke University

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