In an age fairly rich with heroes, Pope John Paul II was truly a titan - a man of superior intellect and intense spirituality whose faith drew him into head-on collisions with his era's greatest nightmares, from communism to terrorism. In this stirring portrait, bestselling author Peggy Noonan draws on a wealth of scholarship, interviews, and her own experience to reveal the man behind the legend and what we all can learn from his courage and humility.
The author 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. Written with heart and depth, this is at once a moving elegy and a brilliant celebration of a man whose life taught others how to live.
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I love how profoundly the author is moved by her personal encounters with John Paul the Great as well as the many little stories throughout John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father when we’re given a glimpse into the wonderful personality and sense of humor this holy man had.
I enjoyed that there were such fascinating details about conversations Pope John Paul II had with people closest to him alongside a rather dramatic conversion that took place in the author as she went from having the attitude of a powerful, self-important journalist to a humble woman of faith awed by the holiness and humility of such an influential man. Full Review...
In Remembrance of Pope John Paul II 10/13/2008