Brother Roger (1915-2005) founded the ecumenical Taize Community, which continues to welcome tens of thousands of young adult pilgrims each year. The Community is familiar to the faithful of many denominations, who use Taize's meditative songs in their worship.
Above all else Brother Roger strived not to be a spiritual master or teacher of methods of prayer and meditation but a listener. So this book presents not a program of prayer but an itinerary through the insights at the heart of Brother Roger's life of prayer and of action, telling the story of the Taize Community along the way. It allows readers to know and to pray with a figure who touched thousands of lives and helped, as Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has said, "Change the whole climate of a religious culture."
Sabine Laplane, a member of the Apostolic Community of Saint Francis Xavier, knew Brother Roger personally and remains a friend of Taize. The Taize brothers themselves encouraged her to write this book.