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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.
John Paul II was unquestionably one of the most important figures of the 20th century, but I had no idea of the breadth and depth of his background, his intellect, his capacity for... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jerry Sewell
One of the greatest books that I have read on the life of St. Pope John Paul II. Everyone should read this book.Published 1 month ago by Peter
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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months ago by rino grzinic