A Life with Karol: My Forty-Year Friendship with the Man Who Became Pope

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This intimate, affectionate portrait of Pope John Paul II by his long-time secretary and confidant reveals fascinating new details about the opinions, hopes, fears, and dramatic life of this public man.

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz worked side-by-side with Pope John Paul II for almost forty years, enjoying unique access to both the public and private man. In A Life with Karol, he provides a close-up glimpse into the pope's life and the critical ...

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Life with Karol: My Forty-Year Friendship with the Man Who Became Pope

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Overview

This intimate, affectionate portrait of Pope John Paul II by his long-time secretary and confidant reveals fascinating new details about the opinions, hopes, fears, and dramatic life of this public man.

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz worked side-by-side with Pope John Paul II for almost forty years, enjoying unique access to both the public and private man. In A Life with Karol, he provides a close-up glimpse into the pope's life and the critical events of his papacy.

Dziwisz was sitting next to the pope during the assassination attempt in 1981. He recounts the pope's reaction to 9/11, describing his thoughts and feelings on that day. And the cardinal's moving description of the pope's haunting memories of World War II uncovers the roots of the pontiff's intense opposition to George W. Bush's war on Iraq.
The two men shared moments of fun and spontaneity as well. Dziwisz writes about the times the pope would slip out of the Vatican wearing a Panama hat to stroll the streets of Rome, and he describes the clandestine ski and hiking trips the pair made to escape the Vatican. His firsthand account of the pope's last years also reveals that John Paul II considered resigning. These stories and others lend added poignancy to Dziwisz's extraordinary portrayal of the pope's courage and calmness during his final illness.

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"Memorable.... Richly artistic." —-Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400156191
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman Dietz, a writer, an actor, and a solo performer, has recorded over 150 audiobooks, many of which have earned him awards from AudioFile magazine, the ALA, and Publishers Weekly. Additionally, AudioFile named Norman one of the Best Voices of the Century.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2008

    true experiences of a friends faith and courage

    cardininal stanislaw dziwisz was a close friend and personal secretary to pope john paul the 11 for much of the holy fathers life. this is a wonderful insiders account of someone who knew this great man of God. I learned that pope john paul 11 seemed to care alot about others inspite of his suffering. even while he was hurting he wanted to bless the children that were near by and this best seller shows christians that they can endure suffering with the strong faith that God has given them. Pope John paul the 11 has given a great example for everyone to read in this book. this arthur has some exellent research and I have learned alot about this remarkable saint who has truly made a difference in the world. great gift idea for a friend or family member.

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