He Leadeth Me

He Leadeth Me He Leadeth Me is the deeply moving personal story of one man s spiritual odyssey and the unflagging faith which enabled him to survive the horrendous ordeal that wrenched his body and spirit to near c

  • Title: He Leadeth Me
  • Author: Walter J. Ciszek Daniel L. Flaherty
  • ISBN: 9780898705461
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • He Leadeth Me is the deeply moving personal story of one man s spiritual odyssey and the unflagging faith which enabled him to survive the horrendous ordeal that wrenched his body and spirit to near collapse Captured by the Russian army during World War II and convicted of being a Vatican spy, American Jesuit Father Walter J Ciszek spent some 23 agonizing years in SoviHe Leadeth Me is the deeply moving personal story of one man s spiritual odyssey and the unflagging faith which enabled him to survive the horrendous ordeal that wrenched his body and spirit to near collapse Captured by the Russian army during World War II and convicted of being a Vatican spy, American Jesuit Father Walter J Ciszek spent some 23 agonizing years in Soviet prisons and the labor camps of Siberia He here recalls how it was only through an utter reliance on God s will that he managed to endure He tells of the courage he found in prayer a courage that eased the loneliness, the pain, the frustrations, the anguish, the fears, the despair For, as Ciszek relates, the solace of spiritual contemplation gave him an inner serenity upon which he was able to draw amidst the arrogance of evil that surrounded him Learning to accept even the inhuman work of toiling in the infamous Siberian salt mines as a labor pleasing to God, he was able to turn adverse forces into a source of positive value and a means of drawing closer to the compassionate and never forsaking Divine Spirit He Leadeth Me is a book to inspire all Christians to greater faith and trust in God even in their darkest hour.

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    1. Rereading again for a class I'm giving our school's teachers on this amazing manI can scarcely recommend a better read for this Year of Faith than Fr. Walter Ciszek’s follow-on to his autobiographicalWith God in Russia.He Leadeth Me is the book Fr. Ciszek wanted to write the first time, that is, it’s his spiritual journey as opposed to the factual story of his years spent behind the Iron Curtain, much of it in Siberia in labor camps, prisons and poor villages usually not serving openly as a [...]

    2. One might think that the advice of a Jesuit missionary priest who served over 20 years in Soviet prisons to laypeople dealing with their own struggles might run something like, "You don't have it quite so bad." On the contrary, Fr. Ciszek's book presents the reader with incredibly practical reflections born out of the insights and God's graces that bore him through unspeakable suffering. Rather than dwelling on how much he suffered (though he does not shy away from describing the cruelty to whic [...]

    3. I met Fr. Ciszek when I was a novice. As he told us about the tortures he endured during five years of solitary confinement in Lubyanka, he sat bolt upright on the front six inches of his chair--just as he had been forced to do during endless interrogations. I don't know whether it was an unconscious force of habit, the best way to treat back pain, or a deliberate sacrifice on behalf of his captors and his audience, but it was very impressive.Describing the moment he was taken prisoner:"It is im [...]

    4. A weak man and priest's journey to discovering God through arrest and imprisonment by the Soviet Union he discovers a real God and what He truly desires for us. It was easy to slip inside this man's perspective because of my own weakened character and phenomenal stubborness. I relate to the dunce in this story, but his reflection and articulation is spirit tingling and speaks of truth. If one ever felt confused or perplexed about discerning the will of Godlook no further than the experiences wri [...]

    5. I finally visited the Visitation gift shop, which I always wanted to do, but it just seemed like too far out of my way. I decided I needed to buy at least something, and I ended up with this book - "He Leadeth Me" by Walter Czizek. And that was wonderful. More expensive than it would be on , but you gotta support the only Catholic shop in town, hehe. The book is great; shorter than I expected, but it's very good in content. I was very touched by the chapter about the Mass; about the sacrifices m [...]

    6. I needed to read a book for encouragement and this book gave me plenty of it. The author spent a grueling 23 years in the Soviet prisons and labor camps of Siberia, accused of being a "Vatican spy". In the book he tells how he and other prisoner priests had to sneak in prayers and masses and even communion to other prisoners. It is almost beyond imagination the conditions the prisoners suffered, freezing cold, back-breaking labor, little food, cruelty and deprivation. This is the story of a man [...]

    7. A wonderful follow-up book to the authors first book With God in Russia. I really like Fr. Ciszek’s writing style, he doesn't try to justify his actions or accuse others of any wrong doing, he is simply trying, in his own words, to give a factual account of his years spent in Russian prisons. He comes across to me as a very humble person free on any ego. This book gives readers some insight into how Ciszek kept his faith during the long years he spent imprisoned under really harsh conditions.

    8. I simply love this book, the book tends to be repetitive and to summarise it,the priest survived by faith and by a total surrender to God.Absolutely moving, such a powerful faith.

    9. This book had its inspirational moments, and is well worth a read. But as a narrative, story-telling experience, it was average and suffered some from lack of context, detail, and creativity. There was also a lot of repetition. I had no issues with the theology. It was simple, but powerful and thought-provoking. But as a read, it was more tedious than gripping, which is a shame, because there was so much potential for its being a gripping read. I mean, how often can you get a first hand account [...]

    10. This was such a powerful book! He Leadeth Me is a spiritual memoir of an American Jesuit priest who was arrested as a political prisoner by the Soviet Union during and after WWII. Ciszek ends up spending 23 grueling years in prison, work camps and solitary confinement. He describes in his memoirs how and why he managed to withstand despair and endure all of his hardships through prayer and by relying on God's providence. “… every moment of our life has a purpose, that every action of ours, n [...]

    11. We selected this book for our parish book club's first selection. It was as good as people have said! :) Certainly, I can't really relate to the priest's experience of being a prisoner working in labor camps in Siberia after World War II, but Fr. Ciszek makes his experience applicable to everyone and gives really helpful insight into how the most monotonous and boring job, how the tediousness that life can be from day-to-day, can be viewed as God's will for you in that moment and how you can cho [...]

    12. This is a very moving book written by a Jesuit priest who spent 25 years in Russia, 14 of which were in a Siberian labor camp. Fr Ciszek does more than describe his ordeal; he shares his insights into the spiritual trials he endured. He rewrote the first book, With God in Russia, as he thought he could better share the spiritual lessons that helped him to endure. Fr Ciszek will be beatified later this year. I strongly recommend this book to everyone, no matter what religion you practice.

    13. Powerful, significant and inspirational. "Left to Tell" from a different but no less violent era. The courage, faith and humulity of a Jesuit being treated inhumanely from a country that claims to value humanity above all else. Awesome. God bless those who suffer.

    14. Fr. Ciszek’s primary message reminds me of Tolstoy’s theme in “The Kingdom of God is Within You”:“From the time of the apostles—twelve simple men, alone and afraid, who had received the commission to go forth into the whole world to preach the good news of the kingdom—there has been no other way for the spreading of the kingdom than by the acts and the lives of individual Christians striving each day to fulfill the will of God.” (pg. 177)“Our lives externally are little differe [...]

    15. I found this book extremely helpful - because it is not as much a factual account of what happened in Russian camp, more it is a spiritual journey.

    16. Perhaps the best way to review this book is to allow the author to speak for himself. The following words come from the epilogue:"I have written much in this book about the will of God and his providenceMy answer has always been --and can only be -- that I survived on the basis of the faith others may find too simple and naive. So I have offered this explanation in answer to the many questions asked of me, in the hope that it might prove helpful to those who were interested or seeking an answerA [...]

    17. Father Ciszek truly helped me understand the struggle of giving up your own will to God. I am no where close to letting God lead me completely in life; I want Him to be. This book gave me hope that the struggles I am facing to let God's will be done in my life are something everyone struggles with, even in the most dire situations it is something that you cannot just switch on and off.There were some parts that I found repetitious at first but reading further into his book, I started understandi [...]

    18. THis book is AMAZING and I have to be honest: I will need to read this again to take it all in. It's the spiritual memoir of a priest who ended up behind the Iron Curtain at a time when it was extremely dangerous to be a priest in the Soviet Union. He ended up getting arrested, spending five years in solitary confinement enduring interrogations, was forced to sign a fraudulent confession, and then spent fifteen years in the Siberian labor camps. This book documents not the "what" of his survival [...]

    19. God could not have put a more perfect book in my hands for the state of mind I have been in. Things about the Church were really annoying me, from the Vatican on down to my local parish, so much so that I wondered about leaving the Church. And then I read this true story of a Catholic priest, swept up in the horror of WWII and taken prisoner in Communist Russia. He spent over 20 years as a prisoner in unimaginably horrible conditions. But his faith in God never wavered - except one time during h [...]

    20. Walter Ciszek was a Jesuit priest who spent many decades as a political prisoner in the Soviet Union. This is the inspiring story of how he drew closer to God and grew in his spiritual development in the midst of extreme trials. Especially of note is its presentation of Ignatian spirituality and how Ciszek was able to deepen his capacity to discern God's will and the movements of the good and bad spirits during his years of captivity. Also of interest for those discerning priesthood and/or relig [...]

    21. Walter Ciszek was a Jesuit priest who spent many decades as a political prisoner in the Soviet Union. This is the inspiring story of how he drew closer to God and grew in his spiritual development in the midst of extreme trials. Especially of note is its presentation of Ignatian spirituality and how Ciszek was able to deepen his capacity to discern God's will and the movements of the good and bad spirits during his years of captivity. Also of interest for those discerning priesthood and/or relig [...]

    22. This book has stayed with me, even though I read it a long time ago at the suggestion of a priest. Fr. Ciszek was born in this country, lived an "ordinary" life, and was captured by the Russian army during WWII. Needless to say, one encounters the journey of a saint, one who not only survives a horrible ordeal, but one whose spirituality flourishes in degrading, terrifying conditions. Fr. Ciszek probably would balk at anyone who proclaims him a "strong man," as is so common nowadays, but I suspe [...]

    23. Recently I've read or reread books which have revealed man's ability to endure great hardship and suffering, yet survived with nobility, grace, and hope--not in spite of, but because of their circumstances and because God has been their reality! How significant suffering is in the development of our character--either for good or for evil, depending on how we CHOOSE to respond.I was engaged and challenged by Ciszek's story, though the last third was very slow reading.

    24. Fantastic. A self-told story about a priest captured in Communist Russia, put in solitary confinement for 4 years, sentenced to the gulag for another 15his description of how his faith helped him to survive and perservere and how God sustained him thorough that time. It is an experience so foreign and unbelievable, yet this book and its insights and lessons are accessible and humble. The way Ciszek tells his story is truly engaging - I had a hard time putting it down.

    25. Easily one of the best books I've ever read. Having someone write about the spiritual life, about seeing God's will in everything and truly acting according to that fact, from actual experience in the Soviet prison camps rather than merely theoretically is what makes this book hit the heart so much harder, I think. Definite MUST READ for everyone - beginners, intermediates, and advanced in the spiritual life.

    26. This is the story of a priest who survives 15 years in Siberian prison/work farms and how he maintains his sanity and his faith. It is an amazing read. I read it while sitting at the hospital watching my mother, hoping she would get well and then realizing that she was in her final days. This book helped me to find a way to see this time as a painful change, and accept the letting go that is necessary.

    27. Un libro que nos recuerda que "En Él vivimos, nos movemos y existimos" y que "nada -absolutamente nada- puede separarnos del amor de Dios". Una lectura muy reconfortante y que nos permite cargarnos de motivos para la esperanza. Un libro que habla del abandono en Dios y los frutos de ese confiarnos en los brazos del Padre como un niño lo hace en el regazo de su madre. Muy recomendable su lectura.

    28. This autobiography is about a priest who was falsely convicted of being a vatican spy after his capture by the Russian army in WW II and his following 23 years as a prisoner. So far I am touched by his insights and journey of faith through many injustices he has met.

    29. Extraordinary testament of faith by an American priest who during World War II, was captured by the Russian army, convicted as a "Vatican spy" and spent 23 agonizing years in Soviet prisons and the labor camps in Siberia.

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