L'Abri Author:Edith Schaeffer This book tells how the Schaeffer family came to live in a Swiss Alpine village and to open their chalet home to an ever increasing number of visitors from all parts of the world. Many of htese are young people seeking answers to the basic philosophical problems with which all who care about finding a meaning and purpose in life have to struggl... more »e.
This is not the story of a romantic retreat, but an account of clear convictions and a related living that challenges the skepticism and despair of our times. Now involving thousands, from professors to dropouts, from artists to engineers, from hippies to housewives, the L'Abri family can be found in many parts of the work. This book and my books form a unity. The work of L'Abri has two interrelated aspects. First, there is the attempt to five an honest answer to honest questions -- intellectually and upon a careful exegetical base. My books; The God Who is There, Escape from Reason, and Death in the City, are directed to this aspect.
The second aspect is the demonstration that the Personal-Infinite God is really there in our generation. When twentieth-century people come to L'Abri they are faced with these two aspects simultaneously, as the two sides of a single coin. Now, in this book, this second side is presented.
--Francis A. Schaeffer
If you were to come to L'Abri in the postal bus, by scooter, or hiking with a knapsack, you would wind up in the Swiss mountains high above the Rhone valley. You might find Edith Schaeffer preparing a Chinese dinner for 75, with all the special touches reminiscent of her childhood in China; or you might meet her coming from the fields laden with boughs and mountain flowers, full of ideas to decorate the chapel for an afternoon wedding' or perhaps you would see her after a day's hiking with her husband, Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer, deep in conversation with a group of young people -- sharing with them the excitement and reality of the Infinite]-Personal God.
Edith Schaeffer maintains thorough personal and detailed letters close family ties with many individuals whose needs are as diverse as their nationalities. In the same way, this book reflects the courage of obedience. As it unfolds it reflects behind it a unique woman, and through it a family that grew because of their personal commitment to Truth.« less