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.


7. Befriending the Stranger

This book is Vanier’s carefully crafted reflection on Christian hospitality, rooted in his decades of serving Christ in the L’Arche communities. Besides Christine Pohl’s Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition, this is one of the finest books available on Christian hospitality and why it is essential to our faith. 



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