Lessons in Hope by George Weigel audiobook

Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II

By George Weigel
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A preeminent authority on the Catholic Church and papal biographer describes what he learned from chronicling the life of Pope John Paul II In Lessons in Hope, George Weigel tells the story of his unique friendship with St. John Paul II. As Weigel learns the pope "from inside," he also offers a firsthand account of the tumult of post-Vatican II Catholicism and the Cold War's endgame, introducing readers to the heroes who brought down European communism. Later, he shows us the aging pope grappling with the post-9/11 world order and teaching new lessons in dignity through his own suffering. A deeply humane portrait of an eminent scholar learning a saint, Lessons in Hope is essential reading for anyone seeking a fuller understanding of a world-changing pope.

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A preeminent authority on the Catholic Church and papal biographer describes what he learned from chronicling the life of Pope John Paul II


In Lessons in Hope, George Weigel tells the story of his unique friendship with St. John Paul II. As Weigel learns the pope "from inside," he also offers a firsthand account of the tumult of post-Vatican II Catholicism and the Cold War's endgame, introducing readers to the heroes who brought down European communism. Later, he shows us the aging pope grappling with the post-9/11 world order and teaching new lessons in dignity through his own suffering.


A deeply humane portrait of an eminent scholar learning a saint, Lessons in Hope is essential reading for anyone seeking a fuller understanding of a world-changing pope.




Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Reading Lessons of Hope is like watching a play about the making of a play. It's a book about the making of the most comprehensive and compelling biography of Pope John Paul II. No other writer enjoyed anything like the personal access that George Weigel did; no one else can speak now with more authority about the Polish pope's remarkable life journey and its impact. And no one else can tell the story behind the story better than Weigel does in this insightful, revealing postscript. Andrew Nagorski, former Newsweek Rome and Warsaw bureau chief and author of The Nazi Hunters and Hitlerland
This book recalls a particularly splendid moment in the recent history of Catholicism, a time when a saintly Pope exerted a decisive influence on both the Church and the wider society. But above all, it tells a compelling story of divine providence, the manner in which God wove two lives together-George Weigel's and John Paul II's-for their mutual benefit. Briskly written, intelligent, funny, filled with good stories, Lessons in Hope will be a joy to anyone who reads it. Bishop Robert Barron
“Briskly written, intelligent, funny, filled with good stories, Lessons in Hope will be a joy to anyone who reads it.” Bishop Robert Barron

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by Maggie 3/6/2018
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Great Book, Terrible Reader

I loved the content of this book, but hated every minute of the reader. For the book: it is a warm, deeply loving tale of Weigel's interactions with the late pope. I have read Weigel for years and knew some of these stories, but not the majority. I had no idea how important Weigel's biography was to John Paul himself, something that is told with humility by Weigel. He doesn't brag about that at all, but speaks of it as a gift given. As for the reader: the least one expects in a reader for a book that, given the subject, is guaranteed to have Latin, Polish, and Italian words is that the reader know HOW TO PRONOUNCE THEM. Tranquil-eye-tis? ChenstoCHova? Look it up, friend, or ask somebody. I also hated that every time he had a two-word phrase in Latin or Polish he said each word separately: Redemptor. Hominis. Tygodnik. Powszechny. Because he probably didn't know how to get them even approximately right without standing back and preparing for the leap. He was also, in general, rather shouty throughout. It made me tired listening to him. Since Downpour readers are generally excellent this surprised me. If you can get past the reader, this is a beautiful book, well worth your time.

Author

Author Bio: George Weigel

Author Bio: George Weigel

George Weigel is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Catholic Church and the author of over a dozen books, including the international bestseller Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II. He is a senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, and a consultant on Vatican affairs for NBC News. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Religion
Runtime: 12.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English