John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father

Front Cover
Penguin Books, Oct 31, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 238 pages
20 Reviews
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.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - allenkeith - LibraryThing

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

Review: John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father

User Review  - Jeannine - Goodreads

This book was, for me, a good introduction to the character of St Pope JPII, his most important beliefs and writings, his work as pope, and the effect that his work had on the world. Although largely ... Read full review


Wake Up a Pope Is Coming
Popes Pray 55

9 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2006)

Peggy Noonan's New York Times bestselling books include When Character Was King and What I Saw at the Revolution. She is a columnist and contributing editor at the Wall Street Journal.

Bibliographic information