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Father Walter Ciszek, S.J., author of the best-selling He Leadeth Me, tells here the gripping, astounding story of his twenty-three years in Russian prison camps in Siberia, how he was falsely imprisoned as an "American spy," the incredible rigors of daily life as a prisoner, and his extraordinary faith in God and commitment to his priestly vows and vocation. He said Mass under cover, in constant danger of death. He heard confession of hundreds who could have betrayed him; he aided spiritually many who could have gained by exposing him. This is a remarkable story of personal experience. It would be difficult to write fiction that could honestly portray the heroic patience, endurance, fortitude and complete trust in God lived by Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J.
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Studio: Ignatius Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 1997
Publisher Ignatius Press
ISBN 0898705746 ISBN13 9780898705744 UPC 008987057468
Reviews - What do customers think about With God in Russia?
Good book, but his other book is better May 25, 2008
This is a good book, however I like his second book "He Leadeth Me" better. In this book, Father Ciszek does not go into much detail about what he learned from his ordeal. He mostly gives a chronology of all the events that took place during his 23 years in Russian work camps and prison camps. In his other book "He Leadeth Me", he goes into detail all the spiritual lessons that he learned during his difficult years of imprisonment in Russia. His spiritual insights are very edifying and enlightening. He provides alot of hard earned spiritual lessons and spiritual direction in his other book "He Leadeth Me". So, while I would recommend this book, in my opinion it is not as good as his other book. Glenn Dallaire
With God in Russia Feb 16, 2008
This book is one of the best I have ever read. I could not put it down, It is encourageing that a man like Fr Ciszek survived the torture and humiliation he endured and still survive. No wonder it was a BEST seller. A real must read, especially in the aftermath of 9-11.
Brilliant and Humble Sep 20, 2007
Both of Father Ciszek's books ring in the truth of a 'spiritual awakening' versus our pretense at holiness via the intellect. His premise, that we must endure suffering in order to 'let' God's presense into our life to guide us, is the bare bones reality of a spiritual life. Or as Oswald Chambers states we must come to the end of 'ourselves'. Father Ciszek came to the end of himself after years of 'stubborness' and one ups manship with his NKVD interrogators, and realized the spiritual nuance of being guided by God versus being guided by ego. I feel I need not read anymore, but just experience my life as it unfolds moment to moment. These books along with Eckhart Tolle's books are essentials. 'He Leadth Me' is the best of the two in that he wrote it after his experiences in Russia had a few years to synthesize----both are brilliant and humble. The Way of a Pilgrim is also a terrific book, but it was not written nor translated by Father Ciszek. He wrote an Introduction to the translation. In short all three are necessary reads for a Pilgrim.
After reading this, how can I possibly complain about my life? Feb 6, 2007
This book was awesome. Father Ciszek REALLY showed me that I need to toughen up. Not that I would want (or be able) to go through his ordeal. But just that my pampered little American sufferings are nothing, absolutely nothing, and that with Christ we really can do all things.
From Russia, With Love Dec 5, 2002
". . . it isn't often one gets the chance to be around when a man comes back from the dead" (From the Introduction).
This is Father Ciszek's odyssey from class bully to rough- hewn, intrepid minister inside and out of the best accommodations the Soviet Union had to offer for their political prisoners: the best KGB interrogators, the best watered-down soup, the best concrete bunks, the best mix of sociopathic criminals mixed in with the prisoners of conscience, the best conditions guaranteed to reduce the expense of maintaining an extensive number of prisoners who, however inadvertantly, irritated the authorities.
There are few spiritual insights--this isn't a letter from Saint Paul, nor Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn--but his experiences speak for themselves. Fr. Ciszek endured the rigors of intense interrogations followed by five years of imprisonment in cells, both isolated and crowded, within Moscow. He endured another ten years in worker camps inside the Arctic Circle.
In spite of the hardships, he managed to minister to a captive audience supplied by the Russian authorities. He heard confessions and said Mass with provisions supplied by the prisoners themselves, such as fermented raisins for sacramental wine, and a paten made of nickel.
There were some minor disappointments. He had his picture snapped at Lenin's tomb days before he was airlifted from the national prison Lenin founded. For all the suffering he endured out of love for the people of the Soviet Union, I overlooked his touristy affectation. Besides, he DOES offer a prayer for Lenin's soul: "He was a man, after all, . . . and he may be in need of more prayers than he's getting here."
Also, I would have appreciated a few pages relating how he readjusted to life back home.
This memoir should sit next to other prison crucibles, such as "The Gulag Archipilago by Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn, "When Hell Was In Session" by Jeremiah Denton and "Against All Hope" by Armando Valladares.