With God in Russia: The Inspiring Classic Account of a Catholic Priest's Twenty-three Years in Soviet Prisons and Labor Camps
Republished for a new century and featuring an afterword by Father James Martin, SJ, the classic memoir of an American-born Jesuit priest imprisoned for fifteen years in a Soviet gulag during the height of the Cold War—a poignant and spiritually uplifting story of extraordinary faith and fortitude as indelible as Unbroken. Foreword by Daniel L. Flaherty.
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It’s really like like reading his daily journal from the time he starts out until his ordeal ends years and years later. I recommend reading it, but, if you are like me at all, it’s better read in “slices than chunks or whole”.
His story is very captivating and thoug ...more
My advancing years has yet to diminish my amazement at just what the human heart can hope, the body withstand, the mind overcome.
Yet, Father Ciszek reminds us with each page we turn, it is not the tragedy and cruelty we endure and survive, but the hope and salvation of our spirit and soul, in the face of such adversity.
With God in Russia, Father Cisz ...more
I've made a resolution after this book-to never take anything for granted. Totally. ...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
Jesuit Father Walter J. Ciszek then spent some 23 agonizing yea ...more
I am glad I finally picked this one up at our church library. Very easy to read and captivating th ...more
(I have also read a Chinese prison camp one but I don't remember its title or the author - but I've also read a couple of others of various other nationalities like the Alcatraz prisons IIRC and a particularly scary one in the MENA region I can't remember clearly anymore...)
I mean, it's humanizing to remember that we're all in this together.
So I found this book so ...more
Not only did he survive psychological and mental tortures that would have broken most men. He did so with a lack of bitterness that one would expect to characterize such treatment. After 23 years in the country and 14 years and 9 months of that spent doing hard labor in Gulags, Fr. Ciszek still blessed the land and people of Russia from his airplane ...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