Here, best-selling 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.
©2005 Peggy Noonan; (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Recorded Books, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Noonan's and John Paul's fans will appreciate her take on the late pope and the delightful way in which she weaves his legacy into her own walk of faith." (Publishers Weekly)
Ms. Noonan does a wonderful job reviewing John Paul's extraordinary lifetime and adds her personal religious experiences and meetings with the Pope into the story. Having her narrate really brings the book to life, and I found "John Paul the Great" both enjoyable and interesting.
In this story, Ms. Noonan relates to us her life as a Catholic and how Pope John Paul the second affected her life. She does have some facts about the Pope's life and teachings, but to a large extent most of this book is a catharsis for her to tell us about the effects that the Pope had on her life. Also, there are some minor editing errors such as errors such as when she referred to 1 Corinthians chapter 13, she stated verse 13. Also when she sided the Beatitudes, she also added the commandments into there ( as well as other teachings.) Overall, I enjoyed the book, but it is hardly a theological treatise. Perhaps it was not intended to be.
Liberal, Christian, Poet, Blogger and Pacifist
Few authors read their own work with the vitality Peggy Noonan does. Let that be said right from the start. It's a wonderful experience listening to her muse upon her life as a Catholic and the gravity of a Pope who centered her. Perhaps the greatest Christian in the 20th Century, his influence was, and continues to be, overwhelming. That said, this recording is not so much about him as it is about her--and that's not necessarily a bad thing. There are other great biographies of John Paul. What's great about this work is the pretentiousness way Ms. Noonan proclaims her faith--a faith that is a bit more wonder than creed, more thoughtful than strident, and more moving than sedentary.The great thing about the author is that she defines herself as a Conservative, but does not let any one in the Conservative movement define her. She is free to consider options with more grace than skepticism. I'm a liberal, but I love being brought into the world as she sees it. This book is more personal than I thought it would be, and that, as she is fond of saying, is a good thing. If you are quite familiar John Paul, thank you, don't let that stop you. This is something new and wonderful.
Courageous, inspiring, uplifting
Reading about someone who actually changed the course of history by being faithful to God.
Pope John Paul II
I would love to, but there is no time for that.
After seeing all that John Paul lived through and his tremendous faith, I am furious with all who think they know better than he and who freely criticize him.
I highly recommend this author and book for a wonderful glimpse of one of the most important figures of the 20th century. My wife and I listened to it on a trip to D.C. and paused it often to discuss Pope John Paul and the events he grew up in and was involved in. Peggy Noonan gives a intimate approach to the greatest person in my lifetime. She brings her own life into the telling the biography of the most famous and well traveled Pope in Catholic history. A good read for anyone and a must read or all Catholics.
Pope John Paul is the main subject matter. Peggy Noonan's life is woven through out the subject.
Intimately involved with her subject.
No, but was part of a long drive.
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