L’Arche Hamilton

Jean Vanier: Logician of the Heart

An excellent new book on Jean Vanier by Michael W. Higgins is available from Novalis.

Michael Higgins, in his newest book Jean Vanier: Logician of the Heart, creates a text that intertwines the factual elements of Jean Vanier’s life with the scripture and morals he acted upon throughout his years as a caregiver, philosopher and writer. Higgins’ and Vanier’s voices often come together as one, allowing readers to feel the presence of Vanier instead of viewing his accomplishments from a distance.

Higgins shares many of the same principles that Vanier promoted through his work and expands upon them in his own words to advocate to the reader their importance, “… no one group is treasured by God over others. There is no exceptionalism. We are all, as persons, loved into existence by God: ‘We can only be peacemakers if we believe that every person – whatever their culture, religion, values abilities or disabilities – is important and precious to God and if we seek to open our hearts to them’.”


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