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LAST TESTAMENT – IN HIS OWN WORDS – POPE BENEDICT XVI WITH PETER SEEWALD

This book is really the collection of a series of interviews with the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI. One begins to feel from the beginning of this book a fierce burning intelligence and a love of God that is all encompassing and the driving force of his life. I cannot confess to being a huge fan of Pope Benedict, far from it in fact, but what I discovered in this memoir was a human being working out his pilgrimage like the rest of us, trying to remain faithful and grow into the fullness of his humanity.

The book is set out in a question and answer format, from his early life in Germany, his studies and ordination and rise through the ranks of the church to become the right hand man of John Paul II, earning the title ‘God’s Rottweiler’ and his eventual election as Bishop of Rome and head of the Roman Catholic Church.

The book is deeply interesting and challenging, yet very easy to read and is enjoyable in the way that only autobiographical sketches can be, about a man of faith, who caused controversy and also inspires many. Do read this with an open mind and an open heart. It’s worth it!

 

Michael Jacob SSF