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Posted May 25, 2010
Vanier's book focuses on the importance of having compassion for all people particularly those with intellectual disabilities. Vanier uses many examples from his work with those who are intellectually disabled to show how we could all benefit from being more vulnerable just as these people are. Vanier also uses many of his own personal experiences to address the hardened, uncaring, and insecure state of society. He gives the reader the tools to overcome insecurities in order to live a life filled with compassion, caring, and vulnerability. Vanier emphasizes that letting down one's guard and showing genuine compassion and empathy for others will not only benefit the receiver but also the giver.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 10, 2002
I read this book after ending a long term relationship and moving 1000 miles away to a new city (community). I was reading the 'Tao Te Ching' in conjunction with this book. At this point in my life, I had a clean slate and a new beginning. I wanted to rediscover myself and become the best person I could be. I was 25 when I read it, and looking back it was the most important book I have ever read. I was looking for strength, integrity, and how to get involved in a new community. Being a musician, I have a chance to convey positive messages to my community and subculture. My favorite lesson from this book was that; if we can't solve small problems within our own communities; what makes us think we can solve big problems throughout the world. This book is not a religious book. The author is forthcoming with his own faith, but very sensitive to those of us who may not be religious. This is a book for all human beings and the world would be a better place if everybody read it. I hope I continue to apply the ideas in this book for the rest of my life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.