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The Miracle of Father Kapaun: Priest, Soldier, and Korean War Hero Hardcover – March 28, 2013

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"We need heroes to teach us how to live and decide in the concrete situations of our daily lives. Father Emil Kapaun is a figure whose heroism during the Korean War still serves as a lamp to guide our feet on the path of life. The Miracle of Father Kapaun will introduce you to this inspiring figure of a man for others. His care of the soldiers imprisoned with him inspired hope in them. I invite you to discover a priest, Army Chaplain, and hero on the pages of this book." -----Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services, USA

"This is the story about a "Man's Man!" He was a hero. He was holy. He was real. What a great book - I could not put it down and read it in one sitting! Fr. Kapaun's story will inspire you too to live your life for God and others and be the saint that God is calling you to be!" -----Fr. Larry Richards, Author, Be A Man!

"Whether you know nothing about Father Emil Kapaun or have read other books or articles about him, you will be grateful that you took the time to read this one. I am glad that I did." ------Most Rev. Michael O. Jackels, Bishop of Wichita

About the Author

Roy Wenzl is an award-winning reporter for the Wichita Eagle. He is the primary author of Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of the Serial Killer Next Door (Harper Collins, 2007) and a co-producer of the documentary film The Miracle of Father Kapaun.

Travis Heying, a photographer, reporter and war correspondent for the Wichita Eagle, earned acclaim for his series on Afghan detainees. He produced and directed the film documentary The Miracle of Father Kapaun.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (March 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586177796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586177799
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a Catholic Kansan, I am very familiar with Venerable Fr. Emil Kapaun. I have viewed Fr. Emil Kapaun's documentary film, visited his parish church and museum, heard homilies centered on his virtues, and have read both newspaper and online accounts of his life. Prior to reading The Miracle of Father Kapaun: Priest, Soldier, and Korean War Hero, I was not sure what else I could learn about the man whom I ask to intercede for me and my family daily.

I knew that Fr. Kapaun was a military chaplain and a war hero who had recently been awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery during the Korean War. I also knew that he had been a prisoner of war and had helped his fellow prisoners, using the practical skills he acquired growing up on a farm in Pilsen, Kansas to sustain them during this difficult time. What I did not know about Fr. Kapaun were the intimate details of his life, as described by those closest to him. Nor was I aware of the specifics of the alleged miracles that have transpired in the lives of Kansas residents today. Finally, I was unaware of the fact that the Korean War veterans, who served with him, and whose lives were saved by him, had lobbied the Army for more than 60 years to award Kapaun for his acts of bravery. Authors Roy Wenzl and Travis Heying share all of this and more in their new book, The Miracle of Father Kapaun.

Wenzel and Heying have done a thorough job of researching Fr. Kapaun's life, interviewing dozens of men who survived the POW camp because of the courageous acts of this young priest.
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Wenzl and Heying have written a warm story about a man that you will feel is your good friend by the time you reach the last page! This writing team have that gift of weaving facts of history, stories shared by Kapaun's friends and fellow POWs, and his unique spirituality into a story that you will need "just another minute" before putting down. And the last several chapters will absolutely keep you in your seat!

Father Kapaun (Kuh-PAWN), Servant of God, comes alive in these pages that is well worth sharing with all Christians, and even non-believers. This pipe-smoking "priest, soldier and friend" had a very personable sense of humor! Read to find out how he uses Latin to make his fellow soldiers smile. He encouraged friends to ask St. Dismas to help him become a good thief so that he could steal food for the starving prisoners. ALL of the pictures show him with a warm smile...and some with him holding a pipe that had been shot in half...but he was still smiling.

It is easy to preach on the subjects of love and forgiveness from a beautiful church pulpit with friends smiling and listening. Kapaun preached from such pulpits in Kansas, but also shared his message of God's love for all mankind, His call to us to forgive others and to love our enemies from a make-do pulpit within the prison camp while he was cold, weak and sick. He was speaking to a group of men who were starving and lonely for friends and family while their enemies watched from their posts. Father Kapaun brought these POWs Jesus and brought them the hope they needed to face another day. Of this there can be no doubt as these writers have interviewed some of those POWs that lived to tell his story.
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Other reviews are critical of the writing; it might be easier to take if one realizes this is a book created from newspaper articles. And there are some formatting errors (specifically, section breaks that fall a paragraph too soon in the final chapters).

But it isn't about all that. The story of Fr. Emil Kapaun is an inspiration. Any soldier or former soldier who has studied combat, trained for combat, or most importantly, *experienced* combat will appreciate the courage and plain divine intervention required for a man to repeatedly walk beyond his lines to rescue wounded comrades, under fire, without being wounded.

But the really miraculous work done by Fr. Kapaun is recounted by his fellow prisoners of war. Again, any soldier, sailor or airman who has learned the Code Of Conduct ("I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces which guard or country and our way of life...") will recognize its genesis in the conduct of the good Father. His bravery, ingenuity, and contribution to the survival of his comrades, even after his death, are the embodiment of the Code.

He was a great man. And if the miracles being attributed to his intervention are found credible...he will be a Saint.

Father Emil Kapaun, pray for us!
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My husband was in the same prison camp as Father Kapun was; and many of the things related in the story, were the same things my husband had told me about.
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Great story of a future saint. Very well documented. I am glad he was recently awarded the Congressional medal for his family and friends.
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