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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.
Love the Polish words.....and sometimes this brought tears to my eyes and sometimes I laughed out loud because of the person... Read morePublished 4 days 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 19 days 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 1 month ago by D B Helgemo
Truly an extraordinary man. One whose life positively touched more living people then anyone other than Christ. Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. Reynolds
This book will have universal appeal. It will resonate with teenagers to octogenarians or older and it will capture the interest of readers of varying interests. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amy D.
George Weigel succeeded in composing a wonderfully concise and informative biography of Blessed John Paul II in a single volume. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nicholas J. Sotack
The story of John Paul II's life is fantastic, and it is told in a clear fashion. It is quite a long read (I'm not finished) and definitely fluctuates between engaging and dull... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stefano Young
Great book about great man. It works well so far (I haven't reachec pictures yet) on Kindle. Excellent price on sale.Published 5 months ago by David A. Horner