By Msgr Georg Ratzinger
It wasn't always the case that Msgr. Georg Ratzinger lived in the shadow of his younger brother, Joseph. Georg was an accomplished musician, who for over 30 years directed the world-famous boys choir of the Regensburg cathedral. Brother Joseph was a brilliant young professor, but mostly known in German academic circles.
Now Georg writes about the close friendship that has united these two brothers for more than 80 years. This book is a unique window on an extraordinary family that lived through the difficult period of National Socialism in Germany. Those interested in knowing more about the early life of Benedict XVI will not be disappointed. They will also learn of the admirable character and inspiring example of the parents, and see how the Catholic faith can shape not just a family, but an entire culture.
Georg's reminiscences are detailed, intimate, and warm. It's a beautiful portrait of Catholic family life and, in the most literal sense, of enduring fraternal charity. The many photographs, both in black and white and in color, round out a thoroughly enjoyable and inspirational book.