T itibaren Zhabino, Leningradskaya oblast', Rusya, 188362
I thought that this work would showcase the 'softer side of Hauerwas'. I'm glad it didn't. Even in dialogue with Vanier, the theological and political place of the disabled cannot be reduced to sentimental accounts of 'compassion'. To hold weight, there must be more to it than that. Stan and Jean lead us to the place of gift (life as gift, the disabled as gift, community as gift) and in doing so, narrate the central Christian appeal to hope and peace as how we live in a world without either. A good and important read.