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A brand new biography, featuring never-before published stories. A French novelist once wrote, "Tell me what you love, and I will tell you who you are." Although there are countless ways to study Saint John Paul the Great, the most direct route is by entering the man's heart. Discover the five greatest loves of Saint John Paul II, through remarkable unpublished stories about A brand new biography, featuring never-before published stories. A French novelist once wrote, "Tell me what you love, and I will tell you who you are." Although there are countless ways to study Saint John Paul the Great, the most direct route is by entering the man's heart. Discover the five greatest loves of Saint John Paul II, through remarkable unpublished stories about him from bishops, priests who organized his papal pilgrimages, his students in Poland, Swiss Guards, and others. Mining through a mountain of papal resources, Jason Evert has uncovered the gems and now presents the Church a treasure chest brimming with the jewels of the saint's life. Rekindle your own faith by learning what (and who) captivated the heart of this great saint.


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A brand new biography, featuring never-before published stories. A French novelist once wrote, "Tell me what you love, and I will tell you who you are." Although there are countless ways to study Saint John Paul the Great, the most direct route is by entering the man's heart. Discover the five greatest loves of Saint John Paul II, through remarkable unpublished stories about A brand new biography, featuring never-before published stories. A French novelist once wrote, "Tell me what you love, and I will tell you who you are." Although there are countless ways to study Saint John Paul the Great, the most direct route is by entering the man's heart. Discover the five greatest loves of Saint John Paul II, through remarkable unpublished stories about him from bishops, priests who organized his papal pilgrimages, his students in Poland, Swiss Guards, and others. Mining through a mountain of papal resources, Jason Evert has uncovered the gems and now presents the Church a treasure chest brimming with the jewels of the saint's life. Rekindle your own faith by learning what (and who) captivated the heart of this great saint.

30 review for Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Everyone should read this book. Not just every Catholic, not just every Catholic, every human. There is SO much we can learn from Saint (!) John Paul the Great, that I somewhat expected this book to be but a brief introduction to this great man. And it was...but it was so much more. The book is split into 2 parts: the first part is a short biography of the saint where we get to know him a little bit more by the various names he was known as in life, and the second part then dives deeper into the Everyone should read this book. Not just every Catholic, not just every Catholic, every human. There is SO much we can learn from Saint (!) John Paul the Great, that I somewhat expected this book to be but a brief introduction to this great man. And it was...but it was so much more. The book is split into 2 parts: the first part is a short biography of the saint where we get to know him a little bit more by the various names he was known as in life, and the second part then dives deeper into the "5 loves" of JPII, exploring the greatest themes and devotions of his life and ministry. Through reading this book, I often found myself in tears...for many different reasons. Sometimes because I was struck by how a particular story was far too mysterious to be anything less than a miracle; sometimes because another story made me realize how little I knew of this saint while he was on earth and finding myself sorry to have missed that opportunity to know him more as our pope; and sometimes because I started to feel the joys and the sorrows of his life and ministry and was amazed to share such human traits with such a holy person. Jason Evert's book is both a brilliant introduction to Pope Saint John Paul the Great (I will surely use his bibliography to build up my reading list with more of JPII's writings) and an intimate look at one of the greatest men, and most holy saints, of our modern times. We have much to learn from him, and he is just waiting to speak to us lovingly with the communion of saints.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joza

    Some books are good, but others make you want to stop what you're doing and become a holy person. While reading this book, I just wanted to stop and pray. I wanted to say the rosary or go to Mass. I wanted to talk to God or Mary, and it left me feeling like I can be a better person. Throughout the book, you get to see that John Paul II is very full of love. Of his many loves, Jason Evert keys young people, human love, The Blessed Sacrament, The Virgin Mary, and The Cross as his Five loves. I was Some books are good, but others make you want to stop what you're doing and become a holy person. While reading this book, I just wanted to stop and pray. I wanted to say the rosary or go to Mass. I wanted to talk to God or Mary, and it left me feeling like I can be a better person. Throughout the book, you get to see that John Paul II is very full of love. Of his many loves, Jason Evert keys young people, human love, The Blessed Sacrament, The Virgin Mary, and The Cross as his Five loves. I was just amazed at the extent of John Paul's love. It was also inspiring to read about his devotion to The Blessed Sacrament and to Mary. He could pray in ecstasy for hours. The fullness of his prayer made me want to become closer to God so I could pray like that. This was a very great book about a great saint. I highly recommend it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    This is an easy-to-read biography about select topics of Pope St. John Paul II's life. As a cradle-Catholic I'm always amazed at the lives of saints and the religious. This book allowed me to be amazed at both his spiritual life as well as his intellectual prowess. Pope St. John Paul II seemed to have a photographic memory, not for books/words, but for people and conversations. What an amazing gift to have in his life! Not just as a priest, but as the Pope and Cardinal before that. His ability a This is an easy-to-read biography about select topics of Pope St. John Paul II's life. As a cradle-Catholic I'm always amazed at the lives of saints and the religious. This book allowed me to be amazed at both his spiritual life as well as his intellectual prowess. Pope St. John Paul II seemed to have a photographic memory, not for books/words, but for people and conversations. What an amazing gift to have in his life! Not just as a priest, but as the Pope and Cardinal before that. His ability and love for identifying with, and spending time with, the ordinary people he served was a theme throughout the book. It's my belief that his great memory and sense of humor assisted with this. I would readily and highly recommend this book to anyone. Even more to people looking to deepen their respect for Pope St. John Paul II, looking to learn about him in the first place, or those who are looking for lessons to use on how to become holier themselves. Just so I can read them all in one place, here are my favorite quotes: - "In Wojtyla's mind, injustices such as violence and the suppression of human rights are lies spoken against the truth of humanity." p.33 - "In any civilization, the death of God precedes the death of man." p.33 - "'The more deeply people develop within themselves in their interior life, the more prone they are to silence...Every great work, all holiness, is born in silence and recollection...Only falsehood wraps itself in a flood of words. Truth is brief.'" p.42 - "The more the world deprives young people of what is true, good, and beautiful, the more earnestly will they yearn for it. The vacuum of modern secularism is actually a fragrant invitation for young people to rediscover the sacred." p.92 - "We much never forget that only when love between human beings is put to the test can its true value be seen." p.105 - "Modesty, then, is not about hiding one's body but about revealing one's worth." p.106 - "'Prayer joined to sacrifice constitutes the most powerful force in human history.'" p.178 - "'with those who are suffering, you must never be in a hurry.'"

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    One of the most inspiring and beautiful books I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I love Pope John Paul II and wish I could have known him better while he was still Pope (he passed away in 2005 when I was only 10). This book offered a wonderful insight into the early years of his life (how he lost his family early, how had to study in secret because of the Nazi oppression and later the Communist oppression, and how he found his vocation to priesthood), then focused on each of his five loves ( One of the most inspiring and beautiful books I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I love Pope John Paul II and wish I could have known him better while he was still Pope (he passed away in 2005 when I was only 10). This book offered a wonderful insight into the early years of his life (how he lost his family early, how had to study in secret because of the Nazi oppression and later the Communist oppression, and how he found his vocation to priesthood), then focused on each of his five loves (Young People, Human Love, the Holy Virgin Mary, the Eucharist, the Cross, ) while still progressing chronologically. It was very eye-opening and elevating, and it's the kind of book that makes you want to be better. There was something so loveable about Saint John Paul, he came across as so friendly, encouraging and comforting! The book had the same effect. I felt such a sense of peace while reading it, yet it left me with a definite feeling of "Wow! That was amazing!" as soon as it was over. It's a book that makes you want to be better, holier, and love Jesus and Mary as much as he did, pray as much as he did, and be as fervent as he was. It was wonderful and I loved learning more about one my favourite saints, and discovering what a truly gifted man he was (his intelligence was quite something -- he had two doctorates, and there wasn't a subject he didn't seem to have the answer to!). I loved it and strongly recommend it!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    Not for a long time have I anticipated a book release like I did for this one. And it lived up to the expectations! Thanks to Jason's bulk pricing, I will be using tithing money to send out copies of this book far and wide. If you are a friend or family member of mine, look for it on your door stop soon. St. JP2, pray for us! Not for a long time have I anticipated a book release like I did for this one. And it lived up to the expectations! Thanks to Jason's bulk pricing, I will be using tithing money to send out copies of this book far and wide. If you are a friend or family member of mine, look for it on your door stop soon. St. JP2, pray for us!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joaquin Mejia

    Jason Evert wrote a wonderful and inspiring book about a very wonderful and inspiring man. Pope Saint John Paul II, who this book is about, was an amazing man who preached love, peace, hope, and courage all over the world. Saint John Paul II is the servant of Christ who most inspires me to follow Him. I am so impressed with the connection John Paul II has with everyone, especially the young. I get so inspired by how he bravely preached the teachings of the Catholic Church despite the widespread Jason Evert wrote a wonderful and inspiring book about a very wonderful and inspiring man. Pope Saint John Paul II, who this book is about, was an amazing man who preached love, peace, hope, and courage all over the world. Saint John Paul II is the servant of Christ who most inspires me to follow Him. I am so impressed with the connection John Paul II has with everyone, especially the young. I get so inspired by how he bravely preached the teachings of the Catholic Church despite the widespread acceptance of things contrary to them. I think John Paul II is a good model for every Catholic. He was prayerful, loving, merciful, and courageous. I think we would be doing good if we followed learned more about his life, words, and example. I was born and baptized on 2002, during the last years of John Paul's papacy. So he died when I was only three years old. And I only began learning about him much later after he was canonized on 2014 when I was twelve years old. At that age though, I did not really understand his teachings on human dignity and marriage. But now I understand them. But I don't just understand his teachings, I now get inspired by his life and example. The example John Paul showed so many people of serving Christ and His Church speaks more to us than words that are written and spoken. This book by Jason Evert was truly a delight to me. I always wanted to read about Saint John Paul II. And this book does not just tell you about events that happened to him or the words he said. The book teaches you about the things that are dearest to John Paul II's heart. Jason Evert talks about John Paul II's love for young people, human love, and the Eucharist, the Virgin Mary, and the Cross. I'm so glad Jason Evert wrote this book because learning about those "five loves'' of St. John Paul II helped me learn about what brought the saint closer to Jesus Christ. I'll be reading more about St. John Paul II in the future. I know the author of this book really loves St. John Paul II. I love him as well. He will always continue to be an inspiration to me in following Christ and His Church.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sydney (booksofkings)

    Where to even begin? It's not a story, but yet it reads somewhat like a story. A story about one of the greatest Popes & Saints of our time. Pope Saint John Paul The Great (JP2). JP2 was so beloved and so holy during his life that just weeks after his death, the masses were already calling for his canonization to sainthood. Now typically, for those of you who don't know, the canonization process normally does not begin until at least 5 years after the person in question has passed on. But his su Where to even begin? It's not a story, but yet it reads somewhat like a story. A story about one of the greatest Popes & Saints of our time. Pope Saint John Paul The Great (JP2). JP2 was so beloved and so holy during his life that just weeks after his death, the masses were already calling for his canonization to sainthood. Now typically, for those of you who don't know, the canonization process normally does not begin until at least 5 years after the person in question has passed on. But his successor, Pope Benedict XVI, decided to waive this waiting period and the process had begun. This book, His Five Loves, shows exactly why this 5 year waiting period was waived. This memoir/biography about JP2 is split in to two main sections while just being divided into chapters. The first section is a biography of sorts about his life growing up, his priesthood all the way leading up to his election as Pope after JP1 passed away (and predicted that the next one would be JP2, like this guy told the cardinals they would choose again very soon). Karol Józef Wojtyła was born in Poland in 1920. Which means he was raised during World War 2 and to read about all the trials and tribulations it is clear that this man was blessed from the beginning. To read about his priesthood and just how much he gives to his parish is awe inspiring.And to read about his wit is an absolute delight. For many of us, JP2 died when we were too young to truly understand who this great man was. And this book makes me truly wish he had lived so much longer and that i could have encountered and truly felt his blessings on my life. He is the Pope that did so much for the world and for the Catholic faith. The second part of the book is about his 5 great loves of his papacy. Each chapter dives deep into his experiences surounding each of these 5 loves during his papacy while still cataloging his timeline and his life in general. These 5 loves give so much insight and inspiration through this great man and makes it extremely clear just how much of a living saint this man was. He truly is Pope Saint John Paul the Great.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    This book changed my life. JP2, I love you! I hope many young people can get their hands on this book. I learned so much about him. I really liked how Evert laid the book out according to his five great loves and dove into each one, revealing the story of JP2's life. It's neat that Evert wrote this about him, considering his own love for Pope John Paul II. He is a true scholar of this saint! This book changed my life. JP2, I love you! I hope many young people can get their hands on this book. I learned so much about him. I really liked how Evert laid the book out according to his five great loves and dove into each one, revealing the story of JP2's life. It's neat that Evert wrote this about him, considering his own love for Pope John Paul II. He is a true scholar of this saint!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    I'm speechless after reading this book! Saint John Paul the Great was truly a saint and truly great. From his first breath to his last, he was different than all the rest of us. Forged in the furnace of affliction, he became one of God's most treasured gifts to mankind during the 20th century - and more than 4 years of the 21st century. Reading this book is certainly a challenge to personal holiness and dedication to God and the Church. Pope John Paul II was great because he cultivated a great i I'm speechless after reading this book! Saint John Paul the Great was truly a saint and truly great. From his first breath to his last, he was different than all the rest of us. Forged in the furnace of affliction, he became one of God's most treasured gifts to mankind during the 20th century - and more than 4 years of the 21st century. Reading this book is certainly a challenge to personal holiness and dedication to God and the Church. Pope John Paul II was great because he cultivated a great interior life in Christ through countless hours of prayer. There are so many wonderful words that could be uttered by human voices in every tongue known to mankind to describe this giant of a man. The best way to remember him is to remember him as he wished - a man of the people. Yes, he was truly a man of God, a man after God's own heart, but he was always happy just to be around people. We miss you, John Paul the Second!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tirzah Eleora

    Great book about a great man! I found it both humbling and inspiring. The first half of the book is a compact biography, while the second half describes his special love for five different things: young people, human love, the Eucharist, Mary and the Cross. It's well written and engaging, and I would especially recommend it for teens and as an introductory biography of this spiritual giant. Great book about a great man! I found it both humbling and inspiring. The first half of the book is a compact biography, while the second half describes his special love for five different things: young people, human love, the Eucharist, Mary and the Cross. It's well written and engaging, and I would especially recommend it for teens and as an introductory biography of this spiritual giant.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ann Yeong

    Inspiring. Moving. This book feels like a 'behind-the-scenes' special on the making of a saint - a privileged look at how God crafted His masterpiece in Pope Saint John Paul II. This book is itself wonderfully written - rich in sources, well-researched, and written in an eminently readable and personable style. Furthermore, not only is the book valuable as an insight into Saint JP II's life, it also provides invaluable insight into the kind of intimacy with God and deep interior life that all Ch Inspiring. Moving. This book feels like a 'behind-the-scenes' special on the making of a saint - a privileged look at how God crafted His masterpiece in Pope Saint John Paul II. This book is itself wonderfully written - rich in sources, well-researched, and written in an eminently readable and personable style. Furthermore, not only is the book valuable as an insight into Saint JP II's life, it also provides invaluable insight into the kind of intimacy with God and deep interior life that all Christians are called to have.

  12. 5 out of 5

    jenny

    im 13 & i have three copies of this book at home from family members, one who is a brother of the catholic church. when i first read this book i became so interested about everything. this book is absolutely amazing. its detailed with information and i just love reading this book. i hope you'll love this book too if you read it. this is book is definitely 10 out of 5 stars!!! im 13 & i have three copies of this book at home from family members, one who is a brother of the catholic church. when i first read this book i became so interested about everything. this book is absolutely amazing. its detailed with information and i just love reading this book. i hope you'll love this book too if you read it. this is book is definitely 10 out of 5 stars!!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Stricklin

    I am literally CRYING. One of the best books I have EVER read. Jason Evert does a Fantastic job weaving in a personal narrative then effortless changing to his 5 loves. I recommend this book to anyone catholic or Protestant. Saint John Paul the Great truly resembled what it meant to be a good shepherd.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Paulina Kray

    Such a beautiful story of his life!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ben Ernest

    Absolutely fantastic

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    I enjoyed reading this book very much, especially Saint John Paul 2’s example and teachings on redemptive suffering. We were blessed to have him live and serve as our Pope during our lifetime.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Veronica Ulicny

    A beautiful narrative that explains the full life of an extraordinary human. Evert does a fantastic job of explaining the truths, sufferings, and loves of PJP2, in a way that makes you feel like you’re the popes friend. He uncovers pieces of his life before and during his papacy that audibly make you say, “woah!” This book leaves you not discouraged or overwhelmed by his remarkable life, but inspired and encouraged to live a life for God just as PJP2 did.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Crawford

    My love for my faith just grows and grows. He was and still is an amazing person to have in our corner. To have JPII love the way he loved is truly inspiring. My intercessory prayers through him will bear many fruits through Christ. He inspired me to do the Marian consecration, 33 days to morning glory. I highly recommend this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Rein

    This a great read! While Weigel's biography might be the go to book on Saint John Paul II, this book is a welcoming and beautiful look at the five things that shaped the saint. I really enjoyed reading it. This a great read! While Weigel's biography might be the go to book on Saint John Paul II, this book is a welcoming and beautiful look at the five things that shaped the saint. I really enjoyed reading it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jade

    While the life and work of Saint John Paul may be interesting, the book is far from it. Written by a fanatical author, the writing comes across as sycophantic, biased and effusive. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. While the life and work of Saint John Paul may be interesting, the book is far from it. Written by a fanatical author, the writing comes across as sycophantic, biased and effusive. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I really loved the first half, which was basically a biography of his early life. The second half dragged at times and I felt like it could have been condensed, to feel a little less like homework.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Worthing

    Very readable.. I felt like Jason Evert was just telling me a story the whole time I was reading this. So many little nuggets about St. JPII that I didn't know. He's just the best. Very readable.. I felt like Jason Evert was just telling me a story the whole time I was reading this. So many little nuggets about St. JPII that I didn't know. He's just the best.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aimee Glez

    Going into this book, I'm going to be honest, I didn't know much about JP2. I have heard many talks from Jason Evert and I think he's great. This book, along with a couple others, were given to me in a youth conference I went to a couple of years ago. I knew I was going to eventually read this book I just didn't pick it up immediately; and now, I don't know why I bothered waiting so much. I truly got to know John Paul a lot better; almost personally. Jason Evert, along with the stories of the sai Going into this book, I'm going to be honest, I didn't know much about JP2. I have heard many talks from Jason Evert and I think he's great. This book, along with a couple others, were given to me in a youth conference I went to a couple of years ago. I knew I was going to eventually read this book I just didn't pick it up immediately; and now, I don't know why I bothered waiting so much. I truly got to know John Paul a lot better; almost personally. Jason Evert, along with the stories of the saint, wrote in such a way that made you realize how great a person Pope John Paul was, and how the love of God is immense and undying. Wherever you are in your religious life, you can't help becoming a little closer to God and goodness after and throughout reading this book. Not only will you feel more inclined to love, but you will feel loved. Trust me, it happened to me, and I'm 99.99999% sure it'll happen to you. I only had one small issue with the way Jason Evert wrote this book and that was that instead of telling it as one continuous life story, Jason Evert jumped back and forth between events. I understand that for some people and books, that works. But I don't think Jason Evert did quite a great job in doing that here. I was left feeling confused bouncing from when the Pope was a priest, then a Pope, then a cardinal, the Pope, back to a priest, and so on. The way Jason Evert explained things John Paul said and did was so meaningful and clear you were left with no doubt about what you were reading. So, so, so many times throughout this book I felt like crying. I felt like curling up into a ball and just let the tears flow for sadness of how disconnected from God we've gotten in this time and age. I felt like crying because how could it be possible that a man could do so much good and be only human? All the young, old, sick, and healthy people he touched with his love was greater than anything I could've imagined. Everything he said and wrote came so clearly from a man completely in love with God. I felt like crying because how is it so hard for us to do one noble thing while he was over there doing everything he could for the good of all people? And he suffered so much too. Since his youth. Everything he had to go through and overcome could've very well broken other people. But there was Saint John Paul; growing closer to his faith with every pain and trouble he had to go through. I'm so glad I read this book when I did. If I'm honest, for a couple months (before I started reading this JP2 book) I felt emptiness in my heart. Like this gaping black hole in my heart was preventing anything religious to enter into it. I understood how important mass was, especially the consecration. And though I always showed respect and reverence to the Lord, I had a really hard time feeling love. Once I began reading this book (on a Friday) my heart slowly began changing and I once again began understanding the immeasurable love that God and our mother Virgin Mary holds for each and every on of us. When we went to church that Sunday, because I no longer felt that gaping black hole in my heart, I once again felt love for our Lord and got so emotional during the consecration and after communion. So I truly, truly want to say to you that if you have the opportunity to read this book, please do. You will not regret it. Get to know this wonderful saint and let his life story inspire you to become a better person. I thank God for this book and for Jason Evert. Thank God that the Holy Spirit inspired him to write this book that I'm sure has helped and will help thousands. And as Jason Evert himself wrote in the acknowledgments, "Finally, I give thanks and praise to God, for the gift of Pope Saint John Paul the Great!"

  24. 4 out of 5

    Avellina Balestri

    Pope John Paul II was the pope of my birth and childhood, and I had of course heard many good things about him, and had no doubt that he was a rather extraordinary individual. But I had always been rather wary of the "hype" surrounding him, and tended towards more obscure figures in Church history. It was only recently that I discovered that JPII was not just the pope who traveled across the globe and loved outdoor recreational activities but was also a profound mystic and a poet, delving deeply Pope John Paul II was the pope of my birth and childhood, and I had of course heard many good things about him, and had no doubt that he was a rather extraordinary individual. But I had always been rather wary of the "hype" surrounding him, and tended towards more obscure figures in Church history. It was only recently that I discovered that JPII was not just the pope who traveled across the globe and loved outdoor recreational activities but was also a profound mystic and a poet, delving deeply in the contemplative life and drawing inspiration from St. John of the Cross. Being more contemplative than active myself, this part of his character appealed to me greatly. I found myself immersed in his life and loves as revealed in this book, and eagerly ate up any snippets of poetic or mystical reflections from John Paul provided. Overall, it was a well-written overview of a fascinating figure who not only transformed the Church but also the world and was instrumental in the battle against the oppressive Communist regime in Eastern Europe. As someone of Polish descent myself, I found myself being put in greater touch with that aspect of my heritage made manifest through the love of both spirituality and the arts, the twin aspects of so much of JPII's character. Sometimes I was almost shocked to realize that JPII and I share certain characteristics in our writing styles, especially when it comes to poetry, and I can't help but wonder if my Polish roots have anything to do with it! My only complaint with the book might be that the author tends towards sounding like a band groupie occasionally, leaning towards hagiography a bit in ways that made the narrative feel a bit thickly laid on. While I certainly sympathize with the author's love of his subject, I feel like the taste of hero-worship made some of the passages go down a bit awkwardly. Also, there were moments when the author seemed to feel the need to interject his own interpretations of an event that he was relating in ways that felt rather clumsy or heavy-handed, as opposed to simply telling the anecdote and letting his readers decide upon their own interpretations. All that having been said, I commend the author on doing an amazing amount of research and bringing it all together in a fairly concise and reader-friendly format. The style is quite smooth and rarely ever lapses into dryness. I would happily recommend it as a read for anyone interested in getting more intimate with the life and loves of a truly great and saintly man.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Ortega

    What a wonderful book! Thank you, Jason Evert, for portraying the life of JP II in this way. Thank you for not only writing of his background before he was Pope and the many things he accomplished before being Pope and while being Pope, but also for including the many heart-warming and astounding moments John Paul had with other people. Arsene Houssaye was right when he said, “Tell me what you love, and I will tell you who you are.” To read of someone’s life in a different perspective, one that What a wonderful book! Thank you, Jason Evert, for portraying the life of JP II in this way. Thank you for not only writing of his background before he was Pope and the many things he accomplished before being Pope and while being Pope, but also for including the many heart-warming and astounding moments John Paul had with other people. Arsene Houssaye was right when he said, “Tell me what you love, and I will tell you who you are.” To read of someone’s life in a different perspective, one that provided gratifying yet humble light in alternative to the typical objective look taken by most biographers, was truly a delight and a spiritual journey. This is the first biography that I’ve read of JP II, and I’m sure there are other biographies out there of him that are just as well written, but I am glad I got to read this book first. I was unaware of the beautiful, inspiring and profound actions John Paul has done in his lifetime, from his deep love and attention to prayer and for other people--especially love for the youth, mothers, married couples, the poor, and Mother Mary--and I hope that my faith will grow to become more like his. Thank you, Jason Evert, for sharing this book with the world.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Silver Swan

    An insightful, deeply moving account that is both powerful and beautiful. The book is divided into two parts: the first biographical and the second containing reflections on this great saint's "five loves" alongside further biography. While informative, neither section is boring by any means and kept "alive" with truly remarkable, real-life anecdotes and quotes from Saint John Paul II's life. His personality is also readily apparent, with a sprinkling of irreplaceable humor throughout. All in al An insightful, deeply moving account that is both powerful and beautiful. The book is divided into two parts: the first biographical and the second containing reflections on this great saint's "five loves" alongside further biography. While informative, neither section is boring by any means and kept "alive" with truly remarkable, real-life anecdotes and quotes from Saint John Paul II's life. His personality is also readily apparent, with a sprinkling of irreplaceable humor throughout. All in all, an inspirational and fascinating read! I can honestly say that I recommend this book to *everyone*---whether you are Catholic or simply maintain an academic curiosity about Pope Saint John Paul II's life and impact on the world. While there are longer works on JPII's life, this just-over-200-page book is a great place to start. Get yourself a copy. Seriously. And full disclosure: I teared up at the end.

  27. 4 out of 5

    A Jeffrey

    John Paul II was an astoundingly kind, thoughtful and intelligent man who even Mikhail Gorbachev said was a major influencer on the Fall of Communism as we knew it then. I’m not Catholic and I find about 2/3s of what John paul 2 thought to be utter BS. The Virgin Mary and his views on contraception are almost the definition of cultish insanity. But he believed them sincerely nonetheless. This man is a Testament to how genuine and sincere Faith in the teachings of Jesus and the power of Love can John Paul II was an astoundingly kind, thoughtful and intelligent man who even Mikhail Gorbachev said was a major influencer on the Fall of Communism as we knew it then. I’m not Catholic and I find about 2/3s of what John paul 2 thought to be utter BS. The Virgin Mary and his views on contraception are almost the definition of cultish insanity. But he believed them sincerely nonetheless. This man is a Testament to how genuine and sincere Faith in the teachings of Jesus and the power of Love can change 60 yrs of evil oppression. Ask Gandhi and MLK if it works. JP2 was the only one of the three not successfully assassinated but all 3 changed the world for the better with their respective beliefs. Let’s hope more courageous men are being forged right now. We need them.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emily Ahlin

    For anyone who doesn't want to dive into George Weigel's biography on JPII, this is a perfect introduction into the life of this man, covering his humility and just how deep his faith in God goes. It was a great reminder for me that the path to holiness is paved through our prayer, and Jason Evert does a great job of describing how at every pivotal moment in his life John Paul could be found in prayer. Full of great anecdotes from the Saint's life, anyone interested in reading about him will not For anyone who doesn't want to dive into George Weigel's biography on JPII, this is a perfect introduction into the life of this man, covering his humility and just how deep his faith in God goes. It was a great reminder for me that the path to holiness is paved through our prayer, and Jason Evert does a great job of describing how at every pivotal moment in his life John Paul could be found in prayer. Full of great anecdotes from the Saint's life, anyone interested in reading about him will not be disappointed in picking this book!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tracie

    I read this book about 2 years ago and finished it in a few days. I did not expect it to captivate me as much as it did. I had no idea of the deeply serious and life threatening trials that Saint John Paul faced. It truly makes his life even more remarkable. The things he faced would have deterred so many from continuing on the path that they were called on. The book captivated me with the interesting facts , war time challenges, and how he managed to stay focused and overcome to be the leader o I read this book about 2 years ago and finished it in a few days. I did not expect it to captivate me as much as it did. I had no idea of the deeply serious and life threatening trials that Saint John Paul faced. It truly makes his life even more remarkable. The things he faced would have deterred so many from continuing on the path that they were called on. The book captivated me with the interesting facts , war time challenges, and how he managed to stay focused and overcome to be the leader of the Catholic Church. Writing this review makes me want to read it again!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I loved this book. I was a little kid through the largest portion of his Popedom and really didn’t know much about him. I got to know him through these pages, a really wonderful collection of stories about him, the millions of people he touched, and his inner pious and prayerful life. He was a force to be reckoned with for sure. It’s really wonderful that he was made a saint so quickly after his death and we as Catholics now have the ability to pray for his intercession. His devotion to Our Lady I loved this book. I was a little kid through the largest portion of his Popedom and really didn’t know much about him. I got to know him through these pages, a really wonderful collection of stories about him, the millions of people he touched, and his inner pious and prayerful life. He was a force to be reckoned with for sure. It’s really wonderful that he was made a saint so quickly after his death and we as Catholics now have the ability to pray for his intercession. His devotion to Our Lady and the divine mercy was evident throughout the book and also inspiring.

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