Quand tu étais sous le figuier... Propos intempestifs sur la vocation chrétienne
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Quand tu tais sous le figuier
Qui est cette personne assise, dans l'Évangile, sous un figuier ? C'est vous, c'est moi, c'est chacune, chacun d'entre nous rêvant de vivre enfin notre vie en plénitude. Mais à quelle existence Dieu appelle-t-il Nathanaël ? En quoi l'accomplira-t-il en suivant Jésus ? Qu'est-ce qu'une vocation ? Nos vies sociale, intellectuelle, amoureuse, ne sont jamais que la recherche et la poursuite de la vie véritable. Jusqu'à la lumineuse évidence que la vie que nous désirons et la vie que Dieu veut pour nous ne sont qu'une. Explorant comme jamais le fil anodin de la quotidienneté anonyme, Adrien Candiard en délivre ici le miroitement secret au regard de l'éternité. Une grande leçon, sans leçon, de spiritualité simple et haute. Un livre pour se jeter sur la voie, après l'avoir lu et dévoré.
When in French
A language barrier is no match for love. Lauren Collins discovered this firsthand when, in her early thirties, she moved to London and fell for a Frenchman named Olivier—a surprising turn of events for someone who didn’t have a passport until she was in college. But what does it mean to love someone in a second language? Collins wonders, as her relationship with Olivier continues to grow entirely in English. Are there things she doesn’t understand about Olivier, having never spoken to him in his native tongue? Does “I love you” even mean the same thing as “je t’aime”? When the couple, newly married, relocates to Francophone Geneva, Collins—fearful of one day becoming "a Borat of a mother" who doesn’t understand her own kids—decides to answer her questions for herself by learning French. When in French is a laugh-out-loud funny and surprising memoir about the lengths we go to for love, as well as an exploration across culture and history into how we learn languages—and what they say about who we are. Collins grapples with the complexities of the French language, enduring excruciating role-playing games with her classmates at a Swiss language school and accidently telling her mother-in-law that she’s given birth to a coffee machine. In learning French, Collins must wrestle with the very nature of French identity and society—which, it turns out, is a far cry from life back home in North Carolina. Plumbing the mysterious depths of humanity’s many forms of language, Collins describes with great style and wicked humor the frustrations, embarrassments, surprises, and, finally, joys of learning—and living in—French. From the Hardcover edition.
Why Go to Church
Written by a spiritual master this is an important Lent title that examines what it means to celebrate the Eucharist, and in turn reminds us of our capacity for love, hope and faith.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Renée is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building, home to members of the great and the good. Over the years she has maintained her carefully constructed persona as someone reliable but totally uncultivated, in keeping, she feels, with society's expectations of what a concierge should be. But beneath this façade lies the real Renée: passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her employers with their outwardly successful but emotionally void lives. Down in her lodge, apart from weekly visits by her one friend Manuela, Renée lives resigned to her lonely lot with only her cat for company. Meanwhile, several floors up, twelve-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her, and decides to end her life on her thirteenth birthday. But unknown to them both, the sudden death of one of their privileged neighbours will dramatically alter their lives forever.