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Pope John Paul II: In My Own Words
by Pope John Paul II
Publisher: Gramercy
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Book Description
Spiritual father of millions, globally influential leader: Pope John Paul II's words have brought inspiration, solace, and courage to those who have listened. The quotes and prayers collected here are both for the faithful and for those who have been touched by and want to know more about this remarkable man. His words on love, family, truth, freedom, human relationships, the power of God, and the importance of hope and prayer explore what it means to be alive and what we are doing here on Earth, and offer answers to some of life's hardest questions.

Product Details
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Gramercy; edition (Aug 6, 2023)
  • ISBN: 0517220849
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 Based on 9 reviews.
  • Sales Rank: 13405

Customer Reviews

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

3Inspiring Words, May 19, 2023
This book is a compilation of quotes of John Paul the Great. However, I was not sure of the accuracy of the information found in the introduction.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:

5John, we salute you!, May 10, 2023
The book isn't just about Pope John Paul II. It is his words and thoughts. He poured his personality and goodness onto the pages. When I was reading the book I felt like I was having a talk with my grandpa. My grandpa would tell me stories of his life. Each story was filled with lessons and wisdom. That's what each page felt to me.

Pope John Paul II had a great connection with God. When I was reading it I wished I could have been as close to God as he was. In the book he teaches us that everyone can be close to God. They just have to reach out and take his hand.

Pope John Paul II was a great man, great pope and most importantly a great Christian. John, we salute you!

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful:

The man was a saint and this book only proves the sanctity, beauty, and spiritual strength of this Christian leader. He will be greatly missed, not only by Catholics, but by those of us Protestants who dearly loved and admired Pope John Paul II. His was a legacy, not just a life. An extraordinary book!

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Thank you John Paul II for your inspiring messages in this book. I will cherish them forever !!!

33 of 38 people found the following review helpful:

5Electing and loving the Pope, Apr 4, 2023
Like the reviewer before me, I have recently purchased this book and am currently reading it. It is, indeed, inspiring. I would also like to suggest that, with the death of Pope John Paul II, admirers also buy (if you can find it) or rent the movie, Shoes of the Fisherman, based on the book by Morris West, which I have also read. This book, very loosely based on the person of John XXIII, made into a movie in 1968 with Anthony Quinn, is about the election of a new pope after the current one dies (circa 1963, the year Pope John died). What is remarkable about the story is that a Russian, who had been imprisoned in Siberia by communists for twenty years, becomes the new Pope. It is almost prophetic regarding the election of Pope John Paul II, a Pole with a history of fighting communism in his homeland. John Paul II wasn't elected until 15 years after the book was published, and 10 years after the movie was made.

There is much in the movie about the election with real footage of the people of Rome and the world on the scene in St Peter's square; the black/white smoke and the meaning of each; views inside the Vatican and the requisite conclave whereby the sequestered Cardinals elect a new Pontiff; and much more. It's a quick study in what is happening right now.

As a non-Catholic, but an admirer of the Pope and his stature in the world, I find the movie very enlightening and learn more from it each time I watch it. I also find what I learn from it to be very helpful in understanding other works written about Pope John Paul II and by him, including this one.

Carolyn Rowe Hill


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