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Monday, November 15, 2010

L'Abri by Edith Shaeffer

L'Abri is French for "The Shelter."

Francis Schaeffer and his wife Edith felt that God wanted them to move to the Swiss Alps and open their home to anyone who desired to discuss the Lord and spirituality. They had Buddhists, atheists, agnostics, and so on come to stay with them. What a powerful testimony of hospitality and truly being willing to share your faith. The L'Abri organization has spread worldwide in many forms. There are places you can live and learn for months. 

This book is one of the most beautiful and challenging books I have ever read. It truly opens up what it looks like to be hospitable and how to rely on what is true. Christ is true. Our homes are meant to be open and inviting to those seeking. We are meant to do much more than we are conditioned to do. Love is a much broader concept than we have in our minds. The brilliance and humility of this family is a testimony to all of us.

Reading this book was a great comfort to me personally. It made me feel that what we are doing here has been done and ordained by God before. God delights and provides for this work in an overwhelming way. Seeing this played out in the lives of real people is such a gift from God. As we try to explain what it is that we are desiring to do here at Gomer's House, we are often met with crazy looks or confusion. If you want to know our hearts, read this book and see what the Lord has done and is desiring to do in us. Read it and be challenged. 

I did not receive this from the publisher.Tricia Kurtz gave me this book as she saw the similarities in our ministries. Thank you, Tricia.

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