Jean Vanier – Introductory Reading Guide

September 9, 2016



Tomorrow (Sept. 10) is the birthday of Jean Vanier, the founder of the L’Arche communities.

To mark the occasion, we offer the following introductory reading guide to his most significant books.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and offered a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve also included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.


5. Happiness: A Guide to a Good Life, Aristotle for the New Century

Another widely-read philosophical book by Vanier, this volume is his introduction to the ethical work of Aristotle, and particularly the sorts of things that make for human happiness and flourishing. 




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