• By Jean Vanier
  • Paperback: 360 pages ($13 to $19)
  • Publisher: Paulist Press (September 1, 2004)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809142965

From the Foreword: “The style of the book is what I call “meditative prose, ” written in a way that I hope will lead people to be drawn slowly and prayerfully into the mystery of Jesus.” (end quote)

The chapters of this book generally follow the chapters in the Gospel. The author does not comment on every line of John’s Gospel, but on passages he can best use to explain to readers his understanding of the message contained in this Gospel. A page may have one or two lines from the Gospel (with a note of the verse number), followed by a paragraph or two or even a page or two of the author’s text explaining his understanding. These short or long commentaries are supported by references to other bible passages, both from the Old and New Testaments.

The commentary throughout the book is done a very contemporary and modern way. The author brings alive the meaning of words written 2000 years ago. For this is the embedded Wisdom of the Holy Spirit in the Bible, that the message of the “Good News” of the Gospel is alive and true for us living on the earth today. Jean Vanier has produced a book that will draw you closer to Jesus. The meditative style of the author’s writing enables the reader to think  about the Gospel. The book will educate you, and guide you to a closer relationship with Jesus, because after reading the book you will understand better the message of the Gospel of John.

When I first read the Gospel of John, I was disappointed, for it is only about 28 pages. I wanted to keep reading. I wanted to read a 1000 pages, I wanted a three part trilogy of 350 pages per book. It was only after reading this book, and a Gospel commentary (from another author) that I understood the great depth and message of the Gospel of John.

This book can be read in either of two methods: 1) read straight through, or 2) to read (and think on) a page a day for a year (there are 360 pages). For this book will either become a page turner that you can not put down, or a precious jewel that you will want to briefly touch every day.