Benedict XVI. An Intimate Portrait.

[Benedickt XVI. Ein Porträt aus der Nähe]
Moral assessment: 
Type: Thought
Nothing inappropriate.
Requires prior general knowledge of the subject.
Readers with knowledgeable about the subject matter.
Contains doctrinal errors of some importance.
Whilst not being explicitly against the faith, the general approach or its main points are ambiguous or opposed to the Church’s teachings.
Incompatible with Catholic doctrine.

The author, Peter Seewald, is the interviewer of then Card. Ratzinger, who eventually came out with the well-known works, "Salt of the Earth" and "God and the World". In this book, as the sub-title indicates, Seewald gives the readers a glimpse into Pope Benedict XVI's personality, fruit of his lengthy dealings with him in the course of the interviews that led to his other two works. The book is not a dry biography. On the contrary, he puts together personal glimpses and biographical data that give an accurate picture of who Joseph Ratzinger really is: his character, his vision. The author also writes about the impact his contact with Card. Ratzinger made upon him, eventually leading to his conversion from the communist ideology to the belief in God and the Catholic faith. All this is presented in a very natural and down-to-earth manner, without being preachy or too highly intellectual.

C.E. (2009)