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L'Abri (New Expanded Edition) Paperback – April 28, 1992
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About the Author
EDITH SCHAEFFER is the widow of Francis Schaeffer, and with him co-founder of L'Abri Fellowship. Her many books include A Celebration of Children and The Life of Prayer. She passed away in 2013.
Recognized internationally for his work in Christianity and culture, Francis A. Schaeffer authored more than twenty books, which have been translated into a score of languages and sold millions worldwide. He and his wife, Edith, founded L'Abri Fellowship international study and discipleship centers. Schaeffer passed away in 1984, but his influence and legacy continue worldwide.
DEIRDRE DUCKER is a member of the L'Abri community and the illustrator of The Hidden Art of Homemaking.
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How wonderful and inspiring to witness, through the writing of Edith Schaeffer, the birthing and growth of a ministry that God continues to bless.
The official L'Abri Fellowship website includes the following description of the ministry:
"L'Abri Fellowship began in Switzerland in 1955 when Francis and Edith Schaeffer decided in faith to open their home to be a place where people might find satisfying answers to their questions and practical demonstration of Christian care. It was called L'Abri, the French word for 'shelter,' because they sought to provide a shelter from the pressures of a relentlessly secular 20th century. As time went by, so many people came that others were called to join the Schaeffers in their work, and more branches were established."
In the book, Edith Schaeffer recounts the day that the name "L'Abri" came to the mind of her husband Francis Schaeffer (philosopher, prolific author), he said, "Let's call it L'Abri, and let these people know that they are welcome to come back and bring friends with them."
I first read L'Abri about twenty-five to thirty years ago, and have dreamed since then of a ministry similar to L'Abri, one that would be about faithfully teaching God's word and living God's truth, day by day, starting out of our home, or small- to medium-sized working farm or retreat, where our day-to-day living -- whatever that included -- would be part of the teaching, part of the ministry. Recently, the dream has been coming into clearer focus and continues to clarify, pending God's go-ahead, or "green light," but I do see how He has been preparing us for this or something like this for many, many years. God's timing is perfect.
At the time I first read this book, I was so inspired by Edith Schaeffer herself that I read every book she had written that I could get my hands on, which as I recall included The Hidden Art of Homemaking and What is a Family?, and I enjoyed both of them very much. Her writings inspired and guided me.
What is interesting is that they never set out to found that specific ministry, but rather they led the direction the Lord was leading them and this ministry is the product of their obedience, faith, and prayer.
The book will be a wealth of knowledge for anyone who is seeking a life of mentoring and helping others grow in discipleship.
Many lessons about real life walking with God, living by faith, and submitting all their needs to God in prayer. This book testifies to the practical life of a house church that grew into a community of faith with an international impact. While fairly feminine in tone and at times a little tedious in details discussed, it is well worth reading.