Lessons in Hope

My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II

by George Weigel

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  • 9780465094295
  • 9780465094301
From a preeminent authority on the Catholic Church and papal biographer, "an intimate understanding of John Paul II" (Weekly Standard)

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 readers 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 reading for anyone seeking a fuller understanding of a world-changing pope.



  • Basic Books; September 2017
  • ISBN: 9780465094301
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  • Title: Lessons in Hope
  • Author: George Weigel
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"For several decades now, Weigel hasproduced an extraordinary oeuvre of books, articles, essays, and othercommentaries illuminating a range of political, social, religious, and literaryideas, and has penned lasting and entertaining appreciations of momentous peopleand places-all this, in addition to the two books about Pope John Paul II forwhich he is most renowned...Lessons in Hope is not only onemore performance by a writer at the top of his game. It is also a virtuoso literaryperformance, a daring act of narrative innovation simultaneously premodern inits metaphysics and postmodern in its playfulness...In the end, the Pope'sbiographer presides over a philosophical and literary record without peeracknowledged or not, fathomed in full or not. Just as Saint John Paul IIappeared always to have grasped that his religious vocation would becomeessential to the proscenium required to re-tell the world's story, so does hisbiographer seem to have known all along exactly what he was put on earth towrite. That rare fact too continues to render George Weigel one of the mostenviable, albeit insufficiently appreciated, literary figures of our time."
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About The Author

George Weigel is distinguished senior fellow of Washington's Ethics and Public Policy Center and one of America's leading public intellectuals. The first volume of his biography of Pope John Paul II, Witness to Hope, was a New York Times bestseller, and his writing appears regularly in a variety of publications, including the Wall Street Journal. He lives in North Bethesda, Maryland.

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  • 9780465094295
  • 9780465094301