• Rachel Penate

He Leadeth Me by Walter J. Ciszek S.J.

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

TITLE: He Leadeth Me: An Extraordinary Testament of Faith

AUTHOR: Walter J. Ciszek, S.J. (with Daniel L. Flaherty, S.J.)

PUBLISHER: Ignatius Press


STARS: ★★★★

SUMMARY: “‘He Leadeth Me’ is the deeply moving personal story of one man’s spiritual odyssey and the unflagging faith (and utter reliance on God’s will) that enabled him to survive 23 agonizing years in the labor camps of Siberia.” (Adapted from Goodreads)

REVIEW: In being fully authentic on this platform, I’ve felt the call to really share everything I read, which includes the books I read for spiritual development. I’m a bit self-conscious at times of rating and reviewing these books as they typically become deeply personal. But, my hope is that even if these books don’t spark your interest, they at least serve the purpose of sharing a little bit more about who I am.

★ As a work of literature, Ciszek is deeply articulate but does write with considerable redundancy. As a work of spiritual development, I walk away from this book a changed human. ★

Ciszek challenged me beyond the status quo of our understanding of God’s will as this “grand adventure” — as though just suddenly find ourselves starring in a fairy tale — onto something deeper. He teaches us that there is a profound beauty in meeting God in even the darkest moments of our lives. That each moment, each circumstance, each experience has the power to transform our lives if we conform them to the transformative power of His wisdom and plan.

Overall, an absolutely challenging (and quotable) book I will carry with me for a long time.

SENSITIVITY WARNINGS: Experiences of emotional and physical abuse while imprisoned.

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