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Publisher's Summary

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 listeners 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 listening for anyone seeking a fuller understanding of a world-changing pope.

©2017 George Weigel (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic 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)

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Review of Lesson’s in Hope

At first I thought this was a bit slow going however the further along I got along the more interesting and fascinating it became. Eventually could not wait to turn it on when we got in the car to continue our trip. I felt like I was on a journey through history and Saint Pope John Paul’s Life along with Mr. Weigel
And it gave me greater understanding of the Saint, his great gifts and Mr. Weigel’s great good fortune to share his literary and research expertise to share this with me.
I also gave me pause to consider how this relates to our current culture in the USA and the Catholic Church.

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Magical (Miraculous?) stories

I've read the two earlier biographies of Pope John Paul and, as the author hoped, this is a wonderful third piece of the package. Highly recommended! And I'm going to read again the first two parts.

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Great read!

Insightful and well written piece of work about a great statesman, written by one who knew him intimately. Very engaging!

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Terrific look into the story behind the story

A great inside look at the friendship between the author and a saint and the creation of one of the best biographies ever written

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Insightful experiences with John Paul.

The author had free access to John Paul and the book is the fruit of his experiences. A joyful read.

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Excellent

This is a great testimony of St. John Paul. I loved Witness to Hope but I never finished it. This gives a great review and brings us up to date. It’s like his previous two biographies in one. I appreciated hearing a lot about Weigel himself and how he was selected to author the Pope’s biography in the first place. I’ve always liked Weigel but my respect for him has greatly increased after this book.

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A Window into the Person of St. John Paul

This is a wonderful book, well written and well read! I feel like I have gotten to know Pope John Paul II as a person and a priest, as well as Pope. I am very glad to have read Lessons in Hope, and I hope to read more of George Weigel's books in the future.

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Great book that could have been narrated better

Weigel's book offers a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the life of both Pope St. John Paul II and the Church in the years at the turn of the second millennium.

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