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According to Weigel, the Pope told him that other biographies "try to understand me from outside. But I can only be understood from inside." Unfortunately, Weigel's method for understanding the Pope "from inside" depends on psychological conjecture ("It may help to begin by thinking of Karol Wojtyla as a man who grew up very fast") and is weakened by his extreme eagerness to praise his subject ("the man with arguably the most coherent and comprehensive vision of the human possibility in the world ahead"). More troubling, Weigel does not ask some of the really difficult questions about this Pope--regarding his involvement with sects such as Opus Dei, for example, or the relationship between his innovative "theology of the body" and his conservative stance on homosexuality, or even the vicissitudes of prayer life. Witness To Hope is a valuable book because it reports many facts that others have not reported. But for incisive analysis of this Pope's theological and political significance, or for insight into his spiritual life, readers will have to wait until the principals in his life story are free to speak more frankly with some future biographer. --Michael Joseph Gross --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is by far the best biography of Pope John Paul II.
Again, I greatly enjoyed this book, though I should also mention that it is heavy reading at around 900 pages, so it took me a while to read it.
While to some this book might be dauntingly long, it well worth the time and is really not a difficult read.
As a recent convert I had not followed Pope John Paul's career. One cannot fail to see the devotion the younger priest have for St. Pope John Paul the Great, now I understand why. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Margaret Ann
Although I'm still reading, this book has yet to disappoint. Weigel extensively researched the life of Pope John Paul II, along with the history of Poland to show how this man was... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed reading this informative biography of now St. John Paul II. It provided a behind the scenes look at his pontificate and gave me insights in to JP II's vision for the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by rino grzinic
Love the Polish words.....and sometimes this brought tears to my eyes and sometimes I laughed out loud because of the person... Read morePublished 3 months ago by STEPHANIE STACHEWICZ
I get the idea that I'm reading something people could read and enjoy a thousand years from now. It is a piece that I think would be very accessible for even the person most... Read morePublished 4 months ago by James R Anderson
great book with super details. more like a textbook of JP II. very interesting and loved reading once I got past polish names.Published 5 months ago by D B Helgemo