|Publication Date: 4 Sep 2018|
|Publisher: SPCK Publishing|
|Page Count: 144|
|ISBN-13: 9780281081523, 9780281081530|
We Need One Another
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.’
His powerful message and practice of love has the potential to change the world.
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.
The witness and teachings of Jean Vanier have never been so necessary.
[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.
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.