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Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II Paperback – April 5, 2005
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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.
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Just as I brought my own preconceptions to the man, so have the media who have been covering him since that day in 1978 when he was elected. The press have distorted this man because they have read him through glasses tinted by their own secular conditioning. As a result there is a "good" John Paul who affirms some of their social agendas, and then there is the "bad" John Paul, who seems not to understand their progressive preferences. Weigel makes it clear that they have profoundly misunderstood him because will not measure him on his own Christian terms.
To grasp the significance of John Paul, we need to come to terms with the complexities of his personality and his origins in a family beset by tragedy in his early years. But that is not enough. From there we need to explore his own personal Christian journey, his theological formation, his philosophical studies, and the tough environment in which he grew to adulthood and exercised the first 30 years of his ministry. Furthermore, this man who cannot be understood unless we see him first and foremost as a priest, a pastor, and a man of mystical prayer.Read more ›
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I am just back from World Youth Day in Poland and I was amazed by the country! I ordered this book in Polish for our host family. Read morePublished 12 days ago by MOM
Although lengthy, this is a fine rendition of the life of a most Holy representative of the Catholic Church. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jmc2
Fantastic book that teaches/explains everything about PJII from his early childhood to his death.Published 3 months ago by Piotr Karnas
Incredibly well written biography, I truly appreciated the amount of historical details, because there were so many things I did not know about JP II. Read morePublished 9 months ago by crespin84
Great book . . . Weigel is could be the best authority on Pope John Paul IIPublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have read several biographies and this one is easy to read, complete, and engaging.Published 12 months ago by NitaBillS