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The early years of Opus Dei, 1928-1943
The appeal of this book will reach well beyond Opus Dei and those who
already admire its witness. As a portrait of the early years of Josemaría Escrivá and his
followers, it's a compelling story of faith and courage by any standard' Charles Chaput,
Archbishop of Denver.
'His simple approach and readable style make this an enjoyable, accessible introduction to the
life of a great contemporary saint' Catholic World Report.
This book tells how Opus Dei's founder, Blessed Josemaría Escrivá, carried out its development
and growth in the early years. By making use of his abundant dealings with all kinds of people -
from the poor to the wealthy - it shows how he forged a path that anticipated by more than 30
years Vatican II's theology of the laity. Addressing the cultural and political forces at the time
(including the bitter Spanish Civil War), the book gives a remarkable insight into this prelature
and its role in the Catholic Church before World War Two.
John Coverdale has taught at Princeton University. He is the author
of numerous books including Italian intervention in the Spanish Civil War (1975) and The
political transformation of Spain after Franco (1979).
382pp September 2002