In 1963, following twenty-three years of hard labor and abuse in Russian prison camps, Walter J. Ciszek, S.J., finally returned to America. Had he come back a bitter man, or a man of diminished faith, it would have been hard to fault him. But he didnâ€™t. For the remainder of his years, until his death in 1984, Fr. Ciszekâ€™s grace, faith, and wisdom touchedâ€”often in profound and lasting waysâ€”everyone who came into contact with him.
With God in America is a collection of previously unpublished writings on Ciszekâ€™s post-imprisonment life and thoughts. The contentsâ€”which include articles he wrote, speeches he delivered at retreats, letters he sent to people he was counseling, and interviews with individuals who knew him personallyâ€”present a man unbroken by all that he had endured and eager to share Godâ€™s love with others.
From Ciszekâ€™s first days back home in the States to his final words before his death, With God in America demonstrates that saintliness isnâ€™t primarily about acting heroically in dramatic or devastating circumstances, but about honoring the ordinary, everyday aspects of life as treasured gifts from God.