Author Stanislaw Dziwisz served as personal secretary to Pope John Paul II from his days in Cracow until the end of His Holiness' life. Through book the reader is introduced to the man who we knew as Pope John Paul II. For 40 years, Cardinal Dziwisz got to know Karol Wojtyla intimately. "A Life with Karol" enables us to enter into that relationship.
I found this to be a very interesting read. Cardinal Dziwisz gives us insights in into what Pope John Paul did why he did it. We read of how he dealt with the Communist leadership in Poland, both as a bishop and as Pope, and how the Communist leadership viewed and dealt with him. We come to appreciate his close relationship with the Primate of Poland, Cardinal Wyszyñski , his approached the Liberation Theology in Latin America, his Papal support for freedom in Poland and the reasons for his opposition to the Gulf War. While the readers are brought into the Pope's thought process, there are no shocking revelations, no betrayal of confidences by this loyal servant of Karol. This is an orthodox history of which the subject would have likely approved. No follower of John Paul the Great will want to miss this valuable record.
on 18 March 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as it was an easy read if you know what I mean! The insight that the author has, having been a close friend of the Pope for such a long time really shows in the book and it gives the reader an insight into just how awful things were, not only in Poland under the communists but also how difficult it was for the Pope in some of the trips he made to other countries.
A truly spiritual man who never gave up hope of the world changing, or of the human race embracing humility and real concern for our fellow man.