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The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II -- The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy by [Weigel, George]
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Evidently, 1,000 pages were not enough space to adequately survey the life of Pope John Paul II in Weigel’s biography, Witness to Hope (1999). Although the three sections in this work are designed to supplement that earlier one, only the first takes a thematic approach. The theme explored is communism and covers four decades of John Paul’s life, before and during his papacy. The pope’s struggle against communism was covered sporadically in Witness but without as much detail or behind-the-scenes glimpses as there are here. The last event recorded in the earlier book was the Great Jubilee of 2000, five years before the pontiff’s death. The final years of John Paul’s papacy are covered in the second section, while the third is strictly reflective. The key question here is, What will Pope John Paul II be remembered for? Weigel explores numerous angles to his legacy, including his personal character and a strong spirit of ecumenism. A solid wrap. --Wade Osburn

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“The author of the landmark Witness to Hope has now finished the story he began so brilliantly. In his new book, George Weigel–biographer and theologian–details John Paul II's battle against totalitarianism and chronicles the Holy Father's humble acceptance of suffering at the end of earthly life. As ever, Weigel writes with confidence, clarity, and insight.”
– Jon Meacham, Editor of Newsweek and Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of  American Lion
 
“The saga of John Paul the Second is now complete; unveiled with a grace and eloquence that only George Weigel could summon. Here is the final act of a life of "serenity and adventure," told from the inside. The personal drama of John Paul's last days and his heroic public acts in the face of incredible obstacles, both move and inspire. For anyone who cares about the witness of faith and the mysterious power of suffering, this work is not to be missed. Weigel has given us a biography as luminous and lasting as the life it captures.”
– Raymond Arroyo, New York Times Bestselling Author of Mother Angelica and host of EWTN's "The World Over" 
 
“We’ve been awaiting it for a decade – since his acclaimed Witness to Hope – and George Weigel’s The End and the Beginning is well-worth the wait! It is impossible to comprehend fully the twentieth century without considering John Paul II, and it is difficult to appreciate him without plunging into this book, an enjoyable task indeed.”
– Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York
 
“Weigel has written what can only be described as an unforgettable book – a portrait of Karol Wojtyla, his Church and his times that vividly captures one of the central characters of the last 100 years. Compellingl...

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  • File Size: 3121 KB
  • Print Length: 610 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385524803
  • Publisher: Image; 1st edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 14, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003F3PKPY
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,763 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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