Our Life Together

A Memoir in Letters

Jean Vanier

978 0 232 52740 7
Paperback |584 pp |234 x 156 mm
Price: £19.95

By any measure, Jean Vanier led an astonishing life. He was the founder of the international movement of L’Arche communities as well as Faith and Light, organisations that bring together people with developmental disabilities and the friends who share their lives. He espoused the philosophy that the marginalised, weak and lonely can teach us great things and that true spirituality can only come from our relationships with the less fortunate. Our Life Together contains over four decades of Vanier’s letters to friends and to both L’Arche and Faith and Light communities all over the world. The call of the disadvantaged brought Vanier to the heart of some of the world’s great moments of upheaval: India during the Emergency Period; South Africa during apartheid; Lebanon during its civil war; the USSR in 1989, on the eve of its collapse; the West Bank during the First Intifada; the Philippines at the birth of democracy there; Rwanda on the eve of genocide. His letters bear witness to these turning points in history and also show his personal thoughts on the quest for peace, his own faith journey and the need for interfaith dialogue. With an insightful introduction by the author, Our Life Together is inspirational and infused with a sense of unity. It reveals a candid portrait of a man who sought to understand what it is to be a whole, compassionate human being.

Jean Vanier was a philosopher and theologian. He was the founder of L’Arche International and the winner of the Templeton Prize 2015 which recognises outstanding contributions to spiritual writing and to the spiritual life. He died on May 7th, 2019. He was 90.
ISBNs: 9780232527407 978-0-232-52740-7 Title: our life together