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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 book inspires everyone who reads it.
Similarly, "Witness To Hope" is truly a book which uses the life and sayings of Pope John Paul II to convey the spiritual message of his life and ministry.
The book covers each such case, including each encyclical, with sufficient detail that the reader learns from the Pope throughout the book.
As a Catholic, during the 1980's and 1990's, I always enjoyed hearing some of my fellow Catholics decry Pope John Paul II as being too liberal or making too many changes, while... Read morePublished 1 month ago by George Waters
I got this book for my 5th grader's saint report because I wanted a JPII authority. This book is definitely the most comprehensive look at his life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Phipps
This is the biography you want to read if you admire John Paul II and have wondered about the source of his greatness. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Roman Vanasse
This work is an excellent representation of the life, personality, and faith of Pope John Paul II. The book dives into how Karol Wojtyla became one of the most loved Popes in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Knepper
The author didn't get in the way of the person he wanted us to know about. Well worth reading. John Paul II is honestly presented.Published 7 months ago by Claire G Jones
this biography of Pope John Paul is very interesting and full of information I've wanted to know about. It is long, so I will enjoy reading it for quite awhile.Published 9 months ago by J. Seeburger
Possibly the best biography ever written about the late, great pope John Paul II. A voluminous study, well worth the effort it takes to read, and a lesson in what it means to be... Read morePublished 9 months ago by FCWalsh
Fantastic book. So much history. It fills many gaps in what happened. It is very inspiring. Read it more than once.Published 10 months ago by Patricia J. Wirth
Bought this for my father-in-law and he just loved it. Re-reads it all the time and loves to tell stories about one of his favorite Popes. Well written and thoroughly researched. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Don Consolver