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RISE, Let Us Be on Our Way Hardcover – September 28, 2004
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That said, I found this to be a very well written and interesting little book. John Paul II wrote this book for the most part as a book of instruction for his Bishops. Within it's pages he lays out in a very clear way what he thinks the duties of a Bishop are and he does this by telling the story of his years as a Bishop in Poland. The Pope makes it very clear that while the first priority of a Bishop is to preach the Gospel, he must also be a shepherd to his flock. Again and again His Holiness hammers on this point and makes it very clear that he expects his Bishops to get out of their office and be among the people. He is very proud of the fact that even with his Pontifical duties he has visited almost every Parish under his official care as Bishop of Rome.
This book would never have been published in this manner however if it were only useful to Bishops and there is indeed much information here for everyone else. Many people of all faiths are fascinated by the Pope's struggle with the Communist authorities in Poland and many of the stories in this book deal with that subject. There are also a fair number of accounts of the Nazi occupation and the brave efforts of the Polish people to rid themselves of this curse. There is little doubt that the writings of this Pope will be invaluable to future historians as they delve into 20th century Europe.Read more ›
I feel now, that I know Karol Wojtyla the man, and I love him like a father.
John Paul II speaks of his interests, circumstances, the courage of others that influenced him, and God's words confirming him and leading him onward.
All his life journey, like ours, is in the hands of God no matter what prevails.
I was impressed, but not surprised to understand how prayerful and dedicated John Paul II was to the spiritual life, (of Christ)connecting to others, the circumstances he had before him, and rising up to meet them with acceptance.
The book is for all; no matter you are a bishop, a student, or a "nobody". We are all the same to God.
My favourite part of the book is the first section; being someone who has spent the greater part of his life in one form or another of discernment of vocation, it is fascinating to see what vocational aspects are most relavent to a pope. From both the practical aspect of knowing this particular pope, as well as the general aspect of learning more about what his vision of what a bishop and pope should be, John Paul II has provided an interesting insight into why he did the things he did.
Vocation is a mystery, and authority from God is also a mystery. It might not seem so from outside, but it is a heavy burden with which to be entrusted. 'Do you know what you have done?' This is a question that might be asked of the cardinals by a new pope; this is a question we might ask ourselves. However, John Paul II recasts it in asking if we know what God has done for us, in the midst of all the world's troubles and joys.
The gospel of John records, 'You did not choose me, but I chose you.' Pope John Paul II, far from being a perfect person, was nonetheless a good and faithful servant to his vision of what he was chosen to be, and worked to bear the fruit of his ministry that will last. This book explains that this was important to him, and will stand as a testimony of sorts to what he expects the leaders of the church to be and to do.Read more ›
The integration of scripture and personal history provides a unique glimpse of not only the pontiff, but of the man who has served as spiritual head of the Catholic Church for many years. He reminds all, clerics and laity alike, of the need for openness and communication with all people. The importance of the pastoral role of bishops, and indeed all people, cannot be minimized.
The book, written in the Pope's unique style, often requires a little effort and rereading in order to fully grasp the richness of his thought, but the richness and scriptural fidelity of his prose make this a valuable addition to anyone's library. It is a book that can speak not only to Catholics, but to anyone who seeks to gain a greater intimacy with God.
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A little too wordy for me. The person ready the book has a slight accent. I struggles through listening to some of it.Published 21 days ago by CaringConsumer
Was wonderful and calming to read. Now I have to continue writing in order to come up with required amount of words which I think is unreasonable.Published 24 months ago by Doreen R.
A good insight into the ministry of JP2 as a bishop in Poland, how he sees the roles of the clergy, etc... Read morePublished on November 5, 2011 by Joe
"Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way" is Blessed John Paul the Great's book that specifically focuses on the role of a bishop. Read morePublished on August 12, 2011 by James Gallen
This book describes how Karol Wojtyla felt about his ordination into the priesthood, and later as a bishop. Read morePublished on February 13, 2011 by Jan Peczkis
I was absolutely amazed by the method of writing. I have never read a book in which the ancient past, the near past, the present and the future are all contained in one... Read morePublished on May 22, 2008 by Kathleen B. Trautz
Kristoffer Tabori did an outstanding job reading this book. He captured the essence of John Paul II and it felt as if the late pontiff was telling me his story. Read morePublished on March 15, 2008 by KathyTexan
The cover of this remarkable book, published less than a year before Pope John Paul II's death, shows the Pontiff nearly hidden while looking up at Christ's cross. Read morePublished on April 13, 2006 by Anthony G Pizza