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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Paulist Press (June 30 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809145871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809145874
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.1 x 20.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By A Customer on Feb. 21 2002
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I came across this book after reading a footnote in one of Henri Nouwen's book. It first caught my attention in one of Neowen's passages. I was quite intrigued by Vanier's insight and remarks. Once reading Becoming Human I was again reminded of the sanctity of life. "We are simply human beings, enfolded in weakness and in hope, called together to change our world one heart at a time." (p.163)Vanier's insight into the human heart brings a chilling reminder that we are not a society of the strong and intelligent, that is just part of being human. Understanding our weaknesses and brokeness brings us to a fullness that God originaly intended for us.
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As a young man, Jean Vanier founded the Larch Society. The Larch Society is a network of communities around the world where severly mentally and physically handicapped adults live together with other caring adults in small groups. Through his experiences living with these severly handicapped individuals, Vanier has asked and answered the question, what is the essence of being human. In this eloquently written, thoughtful and thought provoking book, Jean Vanier discussed what he feels truly determines humanity , what makes us more than just talking, intelligent animals. Although Vanier writes from a Christian perspective, this book is for anyone, of any religious or spiritual perspective or belief.
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Originally a series of radio broadcasts on the CBC, this delightful little book is a refresher course in being human. In a deceptively simple, meditative style, Jean Vanier shares the wisdom he has gained from years of helping disabled people at the L'Arche communities he founded. Vanier gently explores human frailty and dignity, our need for individual affirmation and loving community, issues of freedom and forgiveness, and the nature of true maturity.
Perhaps all disabled people (in the sense that includes all of us) can gain some insight and inspiration here.
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I would recommend this book to everyone! It is my very favourite book! This book is at the top of my list to give as a gift to special people in my life. It is a must read for anyone who truly want to become human!

John Vanier puts life into perspective! Life is not about chasing the money dragon! Life is about understanding and loving all people and especially those who are unique members of the human race.
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A fundamental book in understanding humanity and how it is that we are to live with each other. Becoming human has broken me down and allowed me to be rebuild with no prejudice towards anyone! All humans are equal and Jean Vanier explains this through his establishing of the L"Arche community throughout the world! A must read for everyone no matter your cultural or religious background!
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wonderful book of a humanitarian's commitment to the most vulnerable of our society. It ask's oneself "how close can on come to emulate what this person has done?" It is a teaching tool to do better in our daily lives even if it is only a small part that may enable one "do what you can" within your sphere of influence. Well worth reading to make us better persons!
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