WITNESS TO HOPE: The Biography of Pope John Paul II

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A study that pays homage without degenerating into hagiography. Weigel has studied and written about Karol Wojtyla (pronounced "voy-TEE-wah"), better known as Pope John Paul II, for two decades. Here he records in detail—but, thankfully, not too much detail—the colorful events of the pope's life. After discussing Wojtyla's origins in Wadowice, Poland, Weigel gives an account of his work in avant ... Read full review

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This is a great book. Pope John Paul II is one of my heroes, for being a man of faith and one who led the fight against godless communist dictatorships. I saw him as a child when he went to Manila for the World Youth Day in January of 1995. It's one of the most thrilling experiences in my young life. May he rest in peace. 

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An eye-opening biography of the life of Pope John Paul II -- it is a tapestry of the life of Pope John Paul II that weaves the 'threads of his life on the cloth of the world stage'. It progresses from his childhood and youth in totalitarian and Nazi controlled Poland, to his rise through the ranks of the Church through his role in resolving many world conflicts, including his historical involvement in the 'demise of Communism'. Weigel weaves his story with JP II's encyclicals and other writings to portray the character and mission of JP II papacy -- his belief in the truth of God and Jesus Christ (providence) as guiding the world and providing us hope, even in spite of all of the horrors of the 20th century. He also portrays the deep intellect of JP II as well as his basic, intuitive understanding of the human person.
This is an important look at his life and influence on the 20th century, not only for Catholics and Christians but on the world as a whole.

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