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This is the story of L'Abri, the Swiss community founded by Francis and Edith Schaeffer as a place where Christian truth could be lived and demonstrated as well as discussed and debated, a place where hundreds of seekers found the "God who is there."
228 pages
Published by Tyndale House Publishers (first published October 28th 1972)
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Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really challenged the way I view possessions and even the way I use my time during the day. It is so encouraging to read a book from the perspective of someone who has really "given it all" on a daily basis. I realized that if I truly believe in God's ultimate sovereignty, I need to live a life that wouldn't make sense unless it's true. He is truly trustworthy to provide everything we need in life, financially, emotionally, relationally, etc. I was so encouraged by reading this book th ...more
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Previously I read Edith Schaeffer's The Hidden Art of Homemaking with an online group led by Cindy Rollins and enjoyed it, so when I spotted an older copy of L'Abri at a used book sale, I snapped it up. After spending almost year on my bookshelf waiting its turn to be read, I plucked it off the shelf on a Thursday night on a whim and read it exclusively until I finished it Saturday morning right before lunch. I knew the basics about Edith and Francis Schaeffer's story, had read books and article ...more
Beautiful. Just beautiful. She's so real, and God is so great.
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir-biography
Interesting and encouraging account of how Francis and Edith Schaeffer were led to create L'Abri, a family-style mission of helping people work through their intellectual and spiritual doubts. Although I really got bogged down by the amount of names of people who were converted at L'Abri and had a hard time keeping track of who was who, it was convicting to see how much they trusted God with providing for them and were excited to be a part of God's plan.
Kathryn Featherstone
I have been most impacted by how Edith's life of love was inspired out of her life of prayer. This is a beautiful account of how her family lived out God-inspired ministry in Switzerland.
Jared Smith
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edith Schaeffer's prevalent desire throughout L'Abri is to catalogue the work that God did in their lives and thus fulfill her and her husband Francis' greatest aim in life - to show others that there is a God, He is personal, and He is there. Though sometimes the chapters read like long blogs posts, overall L'Abri is a fantastic testament to the work God was doing (not only the Schaeffers' lives but also in the world at large) that reads like a well-worn memoir. I felt as if Edith had invited m ...more
Alexis Neal
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-books, religion
Francis Schaeffer's widow recalls their years at L'Abri, a retreat-cum-commune they founded in the Swiss Alps. Although they originally intended to serve as more traditional missionaries to Switzerland, the Schaeffers ended up opening their chalet to literally hundreds of visitors who came to ski the slopes and talk through difficult questions with Edith and her husband. From their first few years in Switzerland, through all sorts of political, financial, personal, and physical obstacles, to the ...more
James Harmeling
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have wanted to read this for some time and am glad I took the opportunity now. This book is the summation of the steps of faith taken by the famed Schaeffers moving from St.Louis to the Swiss Alps by the leading of the Holy Spirit without clarity of task, provision, or even lodging. Their decision to limit their financial requests to prayerful petitions makes sense now that I read Edith's parents having served with CIM.

While sometimes bogged down in details and listing of names, I found the st
Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an interesting read of how L'Abri got started (in spite of the Schaeffers' original intentions in moving to the Swiss Alps. Stirring chapters on living by prayer, and in comparison, she made me feel quite lazy and unproductive when looking at just how much was accomplished each day. No Facebook/email distractions for one!! She wrote it in such a way as to be evangelistic as well. Writing out some answers Francis S gave to people's inquiries.

I thought this section particularly thought-provo
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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EDITH SCHAEFFER is the widow of Francis Schaeffer, and with him co-founder of L'Abri Fellowship. Her many books include A Celebration of Children and The Life of Prayer. She passed away in 2013.

Recognized internationally for his work in Christianity and culture, Francis A. Schaeffer authored more than twenty books, which have been translated into a score of languages and sold millions worldwide. H
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