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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (720 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Weigel Narrator: Sam Tsoutsouvas Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Given unprecedented access to Pope John Paul II and the people who have known and worked with him throughout his life, George Weigel presents a groundbreaking portrait of the Pope as a man, a thinker, and a leader whose religious convictions have defined a new approach to world politics--and changed the course of history.

John Paul II has systematically addressed every major question on the world's agenda at the turn of the millennium: the human yearning for the sacred, the meaning of freedom, the glories and challenges of human sexuality, the promise of the women's movement, the quest for a new world order, the nature of good and evil, the moral challenge of prosperity, and the imperative of human solidarity in the emerging global civilization.By bringing the age-old wisdom of biblical religion into active conversation with contemporary life and thought, the Pope "from a far country" has crafted a challenging proposal for the human future that is without parallel in the modern world.

Weigel explores new information about the Pope's role in some of the recent past's most stirring events, including the fall of communism; the Vatican/Israel negotiation of 1991-92; the collapse of the Philippine, Chilean, Nicaraguan, and Paraguayan dictatorships during the 1980s; and the epic papal visit to Cuba. Weigel also includes previously unpublished papal correspondence with Leonid Brezhnev, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Deng Xiaoping, and draws on hitherto unavailable autobiographical reminiscences by the Pope.

Witness to Hope also discusses the Pope's efforts to build bridges to other Christian communities, and to Judaism, Islam, and other great world religions; presents an analysis of John Paul's proposals for strengthening democratic societies in the twenty-first century; and offers synopses of every major teaching document in the pontificate.

Rounding out the dramatic story of Pope John Paul II are fresh translations of his poetry; detailed personal anecdotes of the Pope as a young man, priest, and friend, sketched by those who knew him best; and in-depth interviews with Catholic leaders throughout the world.

A magisterial biography of one of the most important figures--some might argue, the most important figure--of the twentieth century, Witness to Hope is an extraordinary testimony to the man and his accomplishments, and a papal biography unlike any other.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A book that will become a standard for students of church history and that sheds light on the history of the twentieth century for everyone.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Well-wrought and comprehensive.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Weigel’s book is not only a major piece of scholarship, but a cracking good story.”

    National Review

  • “A monumental biography…an indispensable document for understanding the history of the last quarter of the century.”

    Le Monde (Paris)

  • Witness To Hope is a valuable book because it reports many facts that others have not reported.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “The book is rich in new detail…Well written…and Weigel’s command of the material is impressive.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A study that pays homage without degenerating into hagiography…Massive in scope and length, and written with the pope’s cooperation, Weigel’s biography is sure to be the definitive work on Pope John Paul II for years to come.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A spectacular biography about one of the twentieth century’s monumental figures…Learned, fast-paced, deeply insightful, and genuinely inspirational. An extraordinary accomplishment.”

    William J. Bennett, author of The Book Of Virtues

  • “A fascinating biography of an extraordinary figure.”

    Gertrude Himmelfarb, professor emeritus, CUNY

  • A New York Times Notable Book
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Fredrick Danysh | 2/18/2014

    " Pope John Pual II was one of the longest reigning pontiffs of the Catholic Church and loved by hundreds of millions. The story of his life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andrew Waring | 2/11/2014

    " What a great book about an incredible man! The things that JP II lived through and influenced are astounding. He lived through WWII as a young man, was a priest/bishop/cardinal/pope during the Cold War, and then continued to influence the world throughout the end of the 20th century. Not only was this a biography, but a thorough history of Catholicism and the world. It's amazing to read of predictions that John Paul made in the early ninety's that have come true, and issues that he fought against that are still pressing and relevant. One of the best books I have read in a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peter | 2/9/2014

    " Marvelous biogragphy, exhaustive and well written. George Weigel is an astute, if conservative, observer of things papal and matters Vatican. This is a wonderful guide to an astounding Papacy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Danmcgohan | 1/25/2014

    " Historical, philosophical, and theological tour that is worthy of the "man of the century." More detail information than is really needed. "

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