City of Saints: A Pilgrimage to John Paul II's Krakow   -     By: George Weigel
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With stunning photographs by Stephen Weigel and notes on the city's remarkable fabric by Carrie Gress, City of Saints offers an in-depth look at a man and a city that made an indelible impression on the life and thought of the Catholic Church and the 21st century world.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Image
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0553418904
ISBN-13: 9780553418903

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"Karol Wojtyła, Pope John Paul II, was a man whose life was the expression of a richly textured and multidimensional soul. The many layers of that soul took on their first, mature form in Kraków." – George Weigel
 
In this beautifully illustrated spiritual travelogue, New York Times bestselling author George Weigel leads readers through the historic streets of Kraków, Poland, introducing one of the world’s great cities through the life of one of the most influential Catholic leaders of all time.
 
"To follow Karol Wojtyła through Kraków is to follow an itinerary of sanctity while learning the story of a city." Weigel writes. "Thus, in what follows, the story of Karol Wojtyła, St. John Paul II, and the story of Kraków are interwoven in a chronological pilgrimage through the life of a saint that reveals, at the same time, the dramatic history and majestic culture of a city where a boy grew into a man, priest, a bishop—and an apostle to the world."
 
With stunning photographs by Stephen Weigel and notes on the city’s remarkable fabric by Carrie Gress, City of Saints offers an in-depth look at a man and a city that made an indelible impression on the life and thought of the Catholic Church and the 21st century world.

Author Bio

GEORGE WEIGEL, Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Catholic Church. Senior Vatican Analyst for NBC News and a nationally syndicated columnist, Weigel is the author of more than twenty books, including the New York Times bestseller Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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    Living inside the biblical story and the story of salvation history. That was the desire of Pope John Paul II, according to New York Times bestselling author George Weigel. In City of Saints, Weigel creates a beautiful spiritual and pictorial travelogue of Krakow, the "city where the twentieth century happened." (p. 1)

    Karol Wojtyla, later Pope John Paul II, moved to Krakow in 1938 and lived in Krakow for 40 years as a student, actor, laborer, seminarian, poet, playwright, sportsman, member of the Nazi resistance, priest and bishop.

    "Poland's soul had everything to do with Poland's survival, in Karol Wojtyla's view. ... Poland was a natural invasion route, a battlefield-in-waiting." (p. 67) Sadly, Krakow became that battlefield as Jews, priests, and university professors were shot or shipped by rail to Dachau or Auschwitz, the first concentration camp in the area.

    Through beautiful photographs, readers are transported to the heart of Poland and to the foundation of Pope John Paul II's story.

    Karol Wojtyla valued the intellectual mind, labored in a quarry, carried images of persecution and evil in his memory, and perceived history as His-story "through lenses ground by biblical faith." (p. 117)

    Pope John Paul II was key to the collapse of the European communism. Pope John Paul II spent "Nine Days" in Poland, June 2 through June 10, 1979. In those days, he did not speak about politics, economics or communism. Instead, he "preached and taught a great lesson in national dignity and led a historic reclamation of national identity." (p. 252)

    "You are not who they say you are. Permit me to remind you who you really are. Reclaim that identity - own the truth of it - and you will find tools of resistance they cannot match." (p. 252)

    History, architecture, art, and photographs intersect spirituality in this book. Weigel has even included a Polish Pronunciation guide.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review.
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