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The Tapestry: The Life and Times of Francis and Edith Schaeffer Paperback – May 1, 1985


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 652 pages
  • Publisher: W Pub Group; Special memorial ed edition (May 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849930162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849930164
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,373,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It reads like a good novel, which happens to be a true story.
Brenda N.
This book is out of print, but I bought 5 copies - one for each of my 2 daughters and 3 daughters-in-law.
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Will have to read one of her husband's books just to see how they differ in writing style.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By George M. Nickles III on November 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Tapestry is an extended autobiography of how the family of Francis and Edith Schaeffer came to be and grew over time. It starts with select ancestors, moves to their childhood time, the meeting and marriage of Francis and Edith, goes through their time in St. Louis, founding L'Abri, international ministry, up to shortly before Francis passed away in 1984. Edith goes through major events and relates many of the little episodes in their lives that shaped them.

For me, having read some of Francis Schaeffer's books, it was eye-opening to see the events that shaped his life and the trials and struggles their family went through. It's so easy to put these well-known Christians on a pedestal, but reading about the outbursts of temper and deep doubts of Francis Schaeffer reminded me that his fallen humanity went along with his keen mind.

Not every little story is as interesting to the reader as they are to Edith. One may also be sorry that there are so few photographs in the book of things we might like to see. The books of Francis Schaeffer are seemingly mentioned in passing, though they have been a major influence to many. Nor is L'Abri a supreme over-riding theme. What the book is about, and does well, is show the theme of the "Tapestry" of their family that God wove together over time.

I highly recommend this book for those with any interest in the Schaeffer family as it goes through their personal background and development that drove much of their work.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
Walking through Francis and Edith Schaeffer's lives via this book is challenging, encouraging, and edifying. Edith Schaeffer does an excellent job showing God at work in their own lives and through them in others. Definitely worth the effort to find a copy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Groothuis on August 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Although their son, Frank, has done much to try to tarnish their reputations (see my review on Amazon of his egregious book, "Crazy for God"), the Schaeffers are, though flawed, fine models of serious Christian living. They evinced a devotion and passion for God lacking in so much of the consumerist, trend-addled, post-everything, pop/schlock evangelicalism that plagues us today.

The Schaeffer's believed that Christianity was objectively true and titanically meaningful for all of life. They sought to please God, to hear God's call, and to follow no matter what. It is because of these God-given virtues that their ministries have been so profound and so long-lasting.

The Schaeffers remain inspirations for me, some thirty-three years after I first read the book that set the course for my life and ministry: "The God Who is There" by Francis Schaeffer.

Dear God, please give a double portion of the Schaeffers's spirit. Amen.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brenda N. on March 4, 2008
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I highly recommend this book for anyone who is influenced by the writings of Francis and Edith Schaeffer.

It isn't a "fluff" autobiography for she is quite honest about their trials and tribulations. However, it is a fascinating story of how L'Abri came to be formed.

It reads like a good novel, which happens to be a true story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Virginia on January 31, 2011
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Very informative and thorough -- Enjoyed the analogy Edith used in describing the "tapestry" of their lives, and the threads that were woven in and out over a period of many years, times, places all over the world, describing the wonderful way in which God has used each member of their family as the children and grandchildren grew up, in their outreach to others, and the amazing way in which lives were changed.
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