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God's Choice: Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Perennial
Publication date November 1, 2006
Pages 307
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780060937591
ISBN-10 0060937599
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.60 lbs.
Original list price $16.95
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Summary
The best-selling author of Witness to Hope: The Biography of John Paul II offers an unflinching, incisive look at the election of Pope Benedict XVI and its meaning in terms of the Catholic Church, examining both the current status of the church around the world and its future role in a rapidly changing world. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
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George Weigel's bestselling biography of Pope John Paul II, Witness to Hope, set the standard by which all portraits of the modern papacy are now measured. With God's Choice, he gives us an extraordinary chronicle of the rise of Pope Benedict XVI as well as an unflinching view of the Catholic Church at the dawn of a new era.

When John Paul II lapsed into illness for the last time, people flocked from all over the world to pray outside his apartment. He had become a father figure to millions in a world bereft of strong paternal examples, and those millions now felt orphaned. After more than twenty-six years of John Paul II's guidance, the Catholic Church is entering a new age, with its bedrock traditions intact but with pressing questions to address in a rapidly changing world. Beginning with the story of John Paul's final months, God's Choice offers a remarkable inside account of the conclave that produced Benedict XVI as the next pope, drawing on George Weigel's unrivaled access to this complex event.

Weigel also incisively surveys the current state of the Church around the world: its thriving populations in Africa, Latin America, and parts of the post-communist world; its collapse in western Europe; its continued struggles in Asia; and the vibrancy of many aspects of Catholic life in the United States, even as the Church in America struggles to overcome its recent experience of scandal.

Reflecting on John Paul II's greatness, drawing on firsthand interviews to paint an intimate portrait of the new Pope, and boldly assessing the Church's current condition, God's Choice is an invaluable book for anyone seeking to understand the Catholic future and the larger human future the Church will help to shape.



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Hardcover
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from Harpercollins (November 1, 2005)
9780066213316 | details & prices | 307 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.26 lbs | List price $26.95
About: When John Paul II lapsed into illness for the last time, people flocked from all over the world to pray.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Perennial (November 1, 2006)
9780060937591 | details & prices | 307 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $16.95
About: The best-selling author of Witness to Hope: The Biography of John Paul II offers an unflinching, incisive look at the election of Pope Benedict XVI and its meaning in terms of the Catholic Church, examining both the current status of the church around the world and its future role in a rapidly changing world.
Large print edition from Harpercollins (December 1, 2005)
9780060883546 | details & prices | 563 pages | 6.00 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.65 lbs | List price $26.95
About: The best-selling author of Witness to Hope: The Biography of John Paul II offers an unflinching, incisive look at the election of Pope Benedict XVI and its meaning in terms of the Catholic Church, examining both the current status of the church around the world and its future role in a rapidly changing world.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780060881955
 
Abridged edition from Harperaudio (November 1, 2005)
9780060881955 | details & prices | 5.25 × 6.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $29.95
About: An incisive look at the election of Pope Benedict XVI and its meaning in terms of the Catholic Church examines both the current status of the church around the world and its future role.

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