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Road of Hope: A Gospel from Prison
Faced with dire prison conditions aimed at breaking the human spirit, van thuan secretly wrote hope-filled notes to the people of his diocese. This holy man's simplicity and wisdom have inspired thousands to embrace life with a new faith.
Paperback, 231 pages
Published December 31st 2001 by Pauline Books & Media
(first published October 2001)
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The Road of Hope by Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan is a wonderful book I recommend to all people interested in diving into their faith. The book is a collection of writings of Bishop Van Thuan that were smuggled out of the prison of which he was in solitary confinement. The writings form a series of essays that speak of different aspects of the faith. Each essay hit hard and I needed to take breaks between chapters to absorb what I had just read. Mediocrity is not what one should possess to rea ...more
Wow. What a truly incredible man! I watched the Salt + Light short documentary on Cardinal Van Thuan before reading this book and it really made the book all the more impactful. His faith and utter hope despite all he experienced and suffered is beyond belief. I absolutely will read his other works as well as his biography Miracle of Hope. The documentary as well as lines from this book keep going through my mind. Much to learn from this man's profound life.
Read this as a daily devotional. It's hard for me to read anything in the morning much less contemplate it all day but these short bite-sized thoughts are perfect. The author is clearly inspirational and genuine, having suffered much in his personal experiences and yet to move beyond those hurts and shares the gospels in a way only a disciple can.