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Testimony of Hope: The Spiritual Exercises of Pope John Paul II Paperback – October 1, 2000

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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Pauline Books & Media (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819874078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819874078
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tim Drake VINE VOICE on November 21, 2000
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Every year, Pope John Paul II selects a preacher for a course of Spiritual Exercises for himself and the Vatican's Roman Curia. For the Jubilee 2000, he chose Vietnamese Archbishop Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan.
I originally read Archbishop Thuan's exercises by way of Zenit - the News of Rome. As compelling as those accounts were, the book is even better. Archbishop Van Thuan's experiences, as a prisoner in Communist prisons for 13 years, and his insight on faith are true food for a hungry soul.
Testimony of Hope is the complete text of those Exercises. Archbishop Van Thuan's description of isolation and abandonment, and his secret for finding hope in despair makes for moving and uplifting reading.
I guarantee that readers will be moved by the 22 meditations. Archbishop Van Thuan offers light amidst the darkness. The book is a quick, easy, and inspirational read.
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Excellent spiritual reading especially in preparation for Easter. This book will become part of my permanent library, one I'll want to reread. I can understand why Pope John Paul II invited this author to give a spiritual retreat. Van Thuan is truly a priest's priest.
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This book is the compilation of a retreat preached for the Pope by a Cardinal who had a very impressive expericence in the vietnamese prisons. I felt like I was with them in this retreat although I'm a lay person. It's profound but simple.
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I had read this book 10 years ago and I still remember single page.
I am keeping this book in my draw, so I can open it and read again and again.
I learn father Nguyen van Thuan life experience to apply into my life, when I have difficulty.
I would like to buy all books of father Nguyen Van Thuan and to keep them for myself.
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If you are looking for a book that uplifts you and inspires you this is the one. It is the best. It makes you see life in a different way... not anymore as a victim. Excellent reflections.
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This book is really a testimony to the power of love. How one man's unconditional love conquered the hatred around him and those of his Vietnamese captors. The stories are touching,fascinating and sprinkled with humor. A book for those who want to go deeper into their spirituality and find hope in again in the human spirit.
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Amazing spiritual reflections from the pen of the bishop of Saigon, who had been imprisoned for 13 years in a Communist camp. Pope John Paul II asked him to deliver the Lenten retreat for the staff of the Vatican. This is the result of that request.
The cause for canonization of Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan is well underway.
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By zenodus on August 22, 2013
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This book is a real Testimony of hope. This beautiful soul has express true wisdom throughout this book with great humility and love, and especially hope. It brings me to a place of complete surrender in Our Lord. We are blessed to have walking Saints with us still. Thank you Father Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan. You are blessed. Thank you Father in Heaven and our Lord Jesus Christ!
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