John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father

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Viking, 2005 - Religion - 238 pages
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As the leader of the Catholic Church, the oldest continuing institution in the Western world, Pope John Paul II was a giant in every sphere he touched¬—personal, theological, political, ecumenical. In an age rich with heroes, Pope John Paul II was truly the great man of the past century¬—a man who personally confronted its tragedies, from Nazism to communism. A paradoxical figure, Pope John Paul II was an intellectual animated by confidence and joy, a poet and playwright, a supporter of freedom who decried its abuse, a tough political gamesman, and a mystic convinced that the bullet that nearly killed him in Rome was directed away from his heart by the hand of the Mother of God.

Here, bestselling author Peggy Noonan brings her sharp observations, acute sensibility, warmth, and wit to the life of the pope and shows the personal effect his journey had upon her and millions of others throughout the world. Written with heart and depth, this book is at once a moving elegy and a brilliant celebration of a man whose life taught us the greatest lesson of all: how to live.

Praise for Peggy Noonan and When Character Was King:
¬“You read her in thrall to her striking ability to behold great vistas through a pinhole . . . in a language that is always concrete and vital.¬”
¬—The New York Times

¬“Noonan possesses an astonishingly deft touch.¬”
¬—USA Today

¬“The essence of Mr. Reagan¬'s character, and perhaps the character of a nation.¬”
¬—The Dallas Morning News

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In the main, this book’s mission is two-fold. First, it give us a closer look at Pope John Paul, now a canonized saint, and fills out much of the details to enable us to see his greatness, both as a ... Read full review

John Paul the great: remembering a spiritual father

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Many works in tribute to Pope John Paul have appeared since his death, but journalist and political analyst Noonan (When Character Was King) here provides the reader with unique perspectives, insights ... Read full review

Contents

Wake Up a Pope Is Coming
13
Popes Pray
35
Closer
63
Finding Him
82
Men at Work
106
Belief
122
Some Different Kinda Pope
149
The Great Shame
163
Life
186
Beatification
200
There Is a Saint Dead in Rome
215
Bibliography
237
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About the author (2005)

Peggy Noonan, author of the bestselling When Character Was King, has contributed articles and essays to Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other publications. She is currently a columnist and contributing editor at The Wall Street Journal.

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