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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (83 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Weigel Narrator: George Weigel Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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George Weigel's best-selling biography of Pope John Paul II, Witness to Hope, set the standard by which all portraits of the modern papacy are now measured. With God's Choice, he gives us an extraordinary chronicle of the rise of Pope Benedict XVI as well as an unflinching view of the Catholic Church at the dawn of a new era.

When John Paul II lapsed into illness for the last time, people flocked from all over the world to pray outside his apartment. He had become a father figure to millions in a world bereft of strong paternal examples, and those millions now felt orphaned. After more than 26 years of John Paul II's guidance, the Catholic Church is entering a new age, with its bedrock traditions intact but with pressing questions to address in a rapidly changing world. Beginning with the story of John Paul's final months, God's Choice offers a remarkable inside account of the conclave that produced Benedict XVI as the next Pope, drawing on George Weigel's unrivaled access to this complex event.

Weigel also incisively surveys the current state of the Church around the world: its thriving populations in Africa, Latin America, and parts of the post-communist world; its collapse in western Europe; its continued struggles in Asia; and the vibrancy of many aspects of Catholic life in the United States, even as the Church in America struggles to overcome its recent experience of scandal.

Reflecting on John Paul II's greatness, drawing on first-hand interviews to paint an intimate portrait of the new Pope, and boldly assessing the Church's current condition, God's Choice is an invaluable book for anyone seeking to understand the Catholic future and the larger human future the Church will help to shape.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Justin | 8/10/2013

    " I have come to really enjoy Mr. Weigel's works and respect him as a man who has an intregrous insight into the temporal workings of modern society. This work only further reinforced that view. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alex Walker | 6/30/2013

    " Decent book but padded out a bit. Great info on both Pope's but some of the other info, in my opinion, was not necessarily all that interesting. 80-85% relevant. Worth a read (or listen as I listened to it on Audible) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Yolanda | 11/29/2011

    " I was very touched at the beginning with John Paul II history, as I usually am. After that I wanted to continue reading about the Great John Paul. Yes, I picked up the book to learn about Benedict XVI and I did. It was a good book, you cannot predict how a book will touch you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Justin | 11/12/2008

    " I have come to really enjoy Mr. Weigel's works and respect him as a man who has an intregrous insight into the temporal workings of modern society. This work only further reinforced that view. "

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