With God in Russia
His story is very captivating and thoug ...more
Just started reading a couple of days ago. It reminds me of the memoir by Ginzburg a bit (Journey into the Whirlwind) which basically also had to do with the Russian prisons, interrogations and work camps in Siberia and Ginzburg also was a political prisoner, but obviously this author has a rather different perspective as an American and a priest. (As far as I remember, it seemed that the interrogators were tougher on Ginzburg. I wonde ...more
When I first bought this book, I was at a point where I was questioning religion, and I had stopped into a little religion-oriented bookstore in my town. I'm a very big fan of world history, more specifically, even, Russian history, and so this book caught my eye almost as soon as I walked in the door.
Ciszek's time in Eastern Europe and Rus ...more
This was a wonderful read. Inspiring moments. I couldn't put it down. Amazing in that he was able to withstand and live all those years in prison, gulag hard labor in Siberian winters, and throughout his ordeal he never lost his faith in God.
In order to enter the Soviet Union, Father Ciszek volunteered to work in a logging camp. He traveled incognito, worked in the camp and performed his priestly office to the best of his abilities until he was eventually arrested and sent to Lubianka. He remained there for five years--mostly in solitary confinement--until he succumbed to torture and signed a co...more
Fifteen of these years were spent in confinement and hard labor in the Gulag, plus five preceding them in Moscow's infamous Lubyanka prison. He was released and returned to the United States in 1963, after which he wrote two books, including the memoir ...more