Book Review: City of Saints by George Weigel

From Book Description

In this beautifully illustrated spiritual travelogue, New York Times bestselling author George Weigel leads readers through the historic streets of Krakow, Poland, introducing one of the world’s great cities through the life of the most influential Catholic leaders of all time.”

City of Saints by George WeigelMy comments

Oh my, I am going to cut to the chase and just declare that this is a lovely book! For some reason, I was expecting one of those small coffee table books that just have pictures with some captions throughout. Instead, I got a 317 page history book with beautiful illustrations and gorgeous pictures sprinkled throughout the text.

In fact, there are so many good things about this book, I don’t know where the start. For one thing, the book is very well written. In addition, I absolutely love how the authors are able to weave the life of St. John Paul II into the history of his Poland. I was so captivated with the narrative that I just couldn’t stop turning the pages! I learned a lot while being entertained at the same time, and for me, that is the sign of an excellent book. 🙂

Another thing I loved about the book is the added information in the appendices. There is a guide to polish pronunciation which I particularly appreciated because, let’s face it, some of those Polish words are just hard! There is also a list of Polish names in English and several maps.

If you want to see St. John Paul II in a new light, and gain some fascinating insights about the history of Poland, I highly recommend City of Saints. I give the book five (5) stars.

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