Recently throughout the city of Lincoln and diocese, a new book was recommended as part of the One Book + One Diocese program. The book is A Life with Karol: My Forty-Year Friendship with the Man Who Became Pope, by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz and published by Doubleday.
One Book + One Diocese
Throughout the country there are book clubs, some are quite popular and valuable to finding new books. Beginning in 2002, the Lincoln City Libraries have held the yearly One Book – One Lincolnprogram. Every year, books are nominated and discussions take place over the three finalists – two fiction and one non-fiction—before one book is chosen.
Seeing the benefits of uniting a reading community to read a common text, the Office of Evangelization in Lincoln has created the One Book + One Diocese. The office regularly suggests Catholic books as a “kind of Catholic book club.” The Lincoln Diocesan websitefeatures the book with a short summary. It is encouraged that individuals read the book and parishes have study groups to discuss the meaning of the books.
The website also features a list of previous suggestions, such as The Mass: Four Encounters with Jesus that will Change Your Life by Dr. Tom Curran and Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza among many others. It is a wonderful resource for those who are looking for a variety of good Catholic reading during the summer!
A Life with Karol
The present book suggested by One Book + One Diocese (not presently updated on the Lincoln website) is a book written by a man who spent years with Pope John Paul II as an assistant and friend. Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz has provided people with a look at the life of Karol Wojtyla who became Blessed John Paul II. The man was the Holy Father’s friend for forty years and retells memories of both big and small events in the life of the famous pope. Cardinal Dziwisz tells the stories of the Pope’s travels, the assassination attempt, and even joyful memories of John Paul’s mountain excursions. The Cardinal begins with the memory of the last time he saw the pope. “It was the last time I would see the man who had been a father and a teacher to me…I began to relive the forty years that I—an insignificant man who almost accidentally touched the “mystery”—had spent at Karol Wojtyla’s side.”
The book is available at Gloria Deo Catholic Books and Giftsin Lincoln and available online at Amazonand other book sellers. Consider A Life with Karol for your summer reading book while you enjoy the sun!