The Second Calling Paperback

A Novel Inspired by the Life and Work of Jean Vanier

by J. Hans Reinders;

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The Second Calling

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This beautifully-written novel is based on the life and work of Jean Vanier as the founder and leader of the communities of L'Arche. The fictional story it tells seeks to show the distinctiveness of L'Arche as a spiritual community grounded in the recognition of a shared vulnerability of human beings. The novel tells the interwoven stories of the residents of the House of Bethany, a small community in a little village near Seville. They live together as people with and without disabilities in order to celebrate the life that God has given them.The story begins with the arrival of Jonathan, a young American who has left home to escape the life his father had designed for him.
Through Jonathan we meet other members of the community, all 'battered souls' in different ways: Lucie, a 'flittering bird', without speech and with only very little understanding; Fernando, a young man whose abandonment by his father left him speechless; Joaquin Morales, a blind boy who was found living alone in the streets of Seville; Sofia, wheelchair-bound yet living her life in agony to make her mother proud; and the community's founder Ramon, whose understanding of what the House of Bethany really means only becomes apparent when he is forced to re-evaluate his own life.

The Second Calling by J. Hans Reinders was published by Darton Longman & Todd in September 2015 and is our 44142nd best seller. The ISBN for The Second Calling is 9780232532173.

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Details for The Second Calling

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherDarton Longman & Todd (September 2015)
Number of Pages400
Thickness34 mm
Height198 mm
Width126 mm
Product Code4366028
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