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"The questions raised and the reflections offered on those questions are indispensible for anyone living with, working with, or reflecting on those with mental disabilities." (David C. Cramer, Ethics Medicine, Summer 2010)
"This collection of essays offers a compelling and much-needed challenge to the Church and its members to be a counter-cultural community of people who embrace one another as gifts from God that must be cared for with patience, hospitality, and joy." (Anna Katherine Shurley, Koinonia,)
Like the L'Arche communities, this book calls us to a humanism that is tender, patient and present. Its humanism is rooted in the incarnation, for "the Word became flesh to bring people together" (Vanier), and is lived in the church, which proclaims a "politics of gentleness" (Hauerwas). (The Christian Century, December 15, 2009)
Theologian Stanley Hauerwas and L'Arche founder Jean Vanier discuss how these caring communities for persons with disabilities can teach the churcha bout peace and acceptance. Full of personal experiences, this easy read makes profound observations about acceptance of suffering and disability, the important of relationship over power, and the slow daily work of creating peace in everyday life. (KB, Mennonite Brethren Herald, October 2009)
The world couls use some more dialogue on peace, and these two are happy to lead the way. (Jacob Sahms, The Journal of Student Ministries, May/June 2009)
"This little book did not disappoint, offering a brief but compelling argument for the place of weakness in the life of the Church. An important book for our churches to read and reflect upon." (Chris Smith, The Englewood Review of Books (erb.kingdomnow.org), 2, no. 1)
"Agree or disagree, almost every page of this little book is beautifully and thrillingly provocative." (Eric, Between the Trees (wordsfromtheway.com), December 15, 2008)
"Hauerwas and Vanier insist on the holiness of people with disabilities. . . . the political implications of gentleness in the last chapter is worth the entire book." (Publishers Weekly starred review, October 13, 2008)
"Church takes time, patience, gentleness, vulnerability, friendship, hospitality, mutuality and peaceableness. In other words, church takes practice--this is the prophetic witness of the L'Arche communities not to the world, but to the church! And this prophetic witness is carried in this book by the gentle voice of Jean Vanier, the polemical one of Stanley Hauerwas, and the wise introduction and conclusion from John Swinton. Here is the prophetic edge that is even at the vanguard of the emerging church!" (Amos Yong, professor of systematic theology, Regent University School of Divinity, Virginia Beach, Virginia, and author of Theology and Down Syndrome)
For more information, visit Duke Divinity School's Center for Reconciliation.
To learn more about Jean Vanier's work with the disabled community, visit L'Arche.See all Editorial Reviews
It's not what I expected even though it was highly recommended. I was looking for a book on Forgiveness. I found it somewhere else.Published 16 months ago by Lillian M. Ohnleiter
Thoughtful and beautiful merging of practical, philosophical, and theological experiences, ideas, hopes, and purposes. Read morePublished 19 months ago by pulver
The book is easy, inviting, stimulating, and theologically spot on! Vanier and Hauerwas offer insightful and thought provoking theological reflections on what it means to be a... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mark Lee
Loved reading this book. After spending much time with people that the world tends to reject, I have learned so much about God and the way we ought to live. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Susie Q
I found this book dry, and uninteresting. The topic was engaging, but the writing was repetitive, and not very well organized. I found it tedious.Published on April 28, 2013 by Michele
This is a gentle book, but I can't recall how many times I cried at the simple truths while reading it.Published on November 1, 2012 by Ellis Barnsley
This is a remarkable little book. I have quite a lot of Hauerwas before (although not the recent stuff) and what struck me reading the book was, apropos to the subject at hand a... Read morePublished on June 19, 2011 by Freeborn John
This is a brilliant book appropriately described as a 'prophetic witness of weakness.' The best way to speak out for the weak is to speak from the perspective of the weak. Read morePublished on August 7, 2010 by Dr Conrade Yap