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Witness to Hope

The Biography of Pope John Paul II
Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
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Now, with an updated preface, the latest edition of the definitive biography of Pope John Paul II that explores how influential he was on the world stage and in some of the most historic events of the 20th century that can still be felt today.

"Fascinating...sheds light on the history of the 20th century for everyone." (New York Times Book Review)

Witness to Hope is the authoritative biography of one of the singular figures - some might argue the singular figure - of our time. With unprecedented cooperation from John Paul II and the people who knew and worked with him throughout his life, George Weigel offers a groundbreaking portrait of the Pope as a man, a thinker, and a leader whose religious convictions defined a new approach to world politics - and changed the course of history. As even his critics concede, John Paul II occupied a unique place on the world stage and put down intellectual markers that no one could ignore or avoid as humanity entered a new millennium fraught with possibility and danger.

The Pope was a man of prodigious energy who played a crucial, yet insufficiently explored, role in some of the most momentous events of our time, including the collapse of European communism, the quest for peace in the Middle East, and the democratic transformation of Latin America. With an updated preface, this edition of Witness to Hope explains how this "man from a far country" did all of that, and much more - and what both his accomplishments and the unfinished business of his pontificate mean for the future of the Church and the world. 

©1999 George Weigel (P)1999 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic reviews

"The book is rich in new detail....The book is well written and Weigel's command of the material is impressive." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A book that will become a standard for students of church history and that sheds light on the history of the 20th century for everyone." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"A tremendous achievement." ( Washington Post)
"Well-wrought and comprehensive." ( Wall Street Journal)

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Recommend to all

This was a superb biography. Written so well by - it must be said - a great admirer of the Pope. I listened to the abridged audio book. Narrator was very good. Overall a very engaging book that I would recommend to everyone, Pope John Paul II was a very consequential leader.

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  • sms
  • 20-08-07

Outstanding

This is an incredible story; the story of a man who challenged adversity at every turn and rose to the occasion. I'm proud of this leader and his contributions to the beginning of this new millenium. I wish I could get the unabridged edition.

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  • Doug
  • 18-02-07

The best biography of John Paul II

This is the best book on the greatest man of our time. I give it four stars only because it is abridged. Also it ends around 1998/1999, when it was originally published. I'd love to see an update with the rest of the story, and in an unabridged audio format.

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  • Andrew
  • 04-03-13

If you want to learn more about Pope John Paul II

What did you love best about Witness to Hope?

This book gave me insight into the Pope that I did not have before. I really enjoyed learning more about him as a person!

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  • Stephen Z
  • 30-07-15

John Paul the Great Biography

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There was a description of how generous the pope was in Poland, giving away his razor if he was given one. This demonstrates the beauty of his life, but also the detail that Weigel goes into.

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  • Lobo
  • 06-07-15

Outstanding!!

Well written, fascinating and inspirational biography on an outstanding man. St. Pope John Paul the Great, pray for us and our country!

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  • David McConnell
  • 24-01-15

Deep insights into a Pope I already respected.

My favorite is when John Paul II is elected, a moment that changed our world forever. Great narrator great book.

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  • Steve, Detroit
  • 29-08-10

God Bless Our Pope

Absolutely amazing. One of a kind. A must have for everyone. My only complaint about the audio version is that it is abridged. George Weigel does a great job portraying a man that everyone felt they have already known for years.

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  • Chris Trummer
  • 03-06-16

Outstanding!

A beautiful account of the life of the greatest man of the 20th century! A must read (or listen!) for anyone who cares about the history of the last century and the direction of the future, not only of the Catholic Church, but of the world.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-10-19

The wisdom of JPII

A must listen for all faithful especially in these challenging times. St. John Paul gives focus to why there is and always be Hope as long as we believe in the source Jesus Christ

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  • Wells
  • 18-02-19

Excellent!

Very well written and narrated. Gives a lot of depth to the life of John Paul II.