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Overview With recollections on his life as well as his thoughts on the issues facing the world now, Pope John Paul II offers words of wisdom in a book that will appeal to people of any faith looking to strengthen their spirituality. With a half-million copies already sold in Italy, this book follows the success of the Pope's international bestseller, "Crossing the Threshold of Hope."Time Warner Books
Publishers Description An inspirational memoir from the recently canonized Pope Saint John Paul II Following the success of the international bestseller Crossing the Threshold of Hope, Pope John Paul II provides the world with a glimpse into his past in RISE, LET US BE ON OUR WAY. Chronicling the years he spent as a bishop and later archbishop in Krakow, Poland through his election as the first Polish Pope in 1978, he recounts everything from communist efforts to suppress the church in Poland to his efforts to adopt a new and more open style of pastoral ministry. With recollections on his life as well as his thoughts on the issues facing the world now, Pope John Paul II offers words of wisdom in this book that will appeal to people of any faith looking to strengthen their spirituality.
Citations And Professional Reviews Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way by John Paul II has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 02/01/2005 page 85
Commonweal - 06/03/2005 page 30
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Studio: Grand Central Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.34" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.97" Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2004
Publisher Grand Central Publishing
ISBN 0446577812 ISBN13 9780446577816
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Great for Catholics and nonCatholics Alike May 23, 2008
I was absolutely amazed by the method of writing. I have never read a book in which the ancient past, the near past, the present and the future are all contained in one sentence...and this actually makes sense. This is an amazing book at any price.
A Beautiful Book Mar 16, 2008
Kristoffer Tabori did an outstanding job reading this book. He captured the essence of John Paul II and it felt as if the late pontiff was telling me his story. A great performance -- such feeling and warmth. I loved the book. Thank you for such a beautiful performance.
JPII's Call to Bishops and Their Flock in "Rise" Apr 14, 2006
The cover of this remarkable book, published less than a year before Pope John Paul II's death, shows the Pontiff nearly hidden while looking up at Christ's cross. It reminds us again the man called "John Paul the Great" raised Christ even as the world raised him during his legendary papacy's final months.
"Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way" could not have arrived more timely. Here the Holy Father (once Archbishop Karol Wojtyla of Krakow) wrote for and about bishops, a position and vocation many lay Catholics see as administrative and hierarchical, and others criticized after Church abuse scandals. In easily readable, autobiographical meditations he addresses bishop's roles as shepherds and emphasizes relationships they need to have with their cultural influences (philosophy, science) along with diocese, parishes and people they serve.
Many Catholics will find JPII's description of ceremonies and ceremonials associated with the bishop (metier, crozier, ring, his Install Mass) intriguing and informative, especially when many only see their bishop at sacramental events like Confirmation. But JPII's reflections on his years as bishop make "Rise" a must read.
The Pontiff writes warmly of years nurturing and growing Church traditions and feasts amid Nazi, then Communist occupation and hinderance (even attempts to marginalize St. Nicholas and disrupt church processions). He refers to saints he admired and who inspired him: St. Stanislas (to whom he wrote a poem quoted here), St. Leonard, St. Queen Hedwig. He mentions saints he recognized and canonized: St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, St. Maximillian Kolbe and others murdered at Nazi hands in WWII. He then saves kind words for Joseph Ratzinger, his successor. (Of the future Pope Benedict XVI he writes, "I thank God for the prescence and the assistance of this great man...a trusted friend.")
Pope John Paul II also reflects on pilgrmages to young people in the Philippines and Krakow's Oasis movement(quoting a still-popular hymn sung to him on that trip.) Love for and outreach to the young, a theme of his papacy, leads to a dissertation on St. Joseph as model for fatherhood and leadership for laity and bishops alike.
It also leads the Holy Father to a philosophy eschewing the anonymous crowd for a more personal term "multitude," and removing "my" from his vocabulary to focus selflessly on Christ. When he says, "Personally, I have never felt lonely," you can only sense the closeness to Christ allowing few, especially in a position the world reveres, to feel such.
The title quotes Christ's words to His apostles as they go from the Garden of Gethsemane to His Passion and death. As with nearly everything Pope John Paul II wrote, spoke, and lived, it's reflection on the past and call to action. This book comprises quick, easily readable meditation, reflection, teaching, and philosophy, and merits space in any Catholic library.
Continuing the Journey of a great man Jan 15, 2006
This book follows up where Memory and Identity had left off, through the episcopacy of John Paul II up to his pontificate. Like all his writing it is beautiful. There were only a few passages where the style changed somewhat and it became more of a laundry list (and then I did this, after that I did that, then I did that) rather than a flowing narrative. Overall though this is a beautiful book. It's amazing to see so clearly how God acts in any given life. It is a useful reminder though, that just as freely and clearly as we can see his actions in the life of John Paul, so too must he be acting in our life, it may just be more difficult to see.
A treasure falls short Oct 10, 2005
This would be a great book if written by any other person. But, relative to other books I've read that were written by other Popes, it fell short of my expectations - but, it certainly rates a sound 'good.' One might consider the other side of the 'John Paul Coin' - the liberal side - Albino Luciani or John Paul I - the valiant champion of basic human dignity for women, the handicapped. orphans, homosexuals, the remarried and others who are scorned in their everyday lives by doctrine. I would suggest a look at Lucien Gregoire's PAUPER WHO WOULD BE POPE - the only existing complete biography of John Paul I. Two good men - two very different sides of the coin.