Saturday, July 7, 2012

John Paul II, A Life of Grace book review

John Paul II, A Life of Grace written by Renzo Allegri, translated by Marsha Daigle-Williamson, Ph.D. published by Servant Books. "John Paul II" is a 195 page biography on the life of Pope John Paul II. This book starts with a quick introduction of Pope John Paul II parents, family and moves swiftly into John Paul II (then Karol)'s life. This book gives you much in the way of what it was like for young Karol as the family struggled with Karol's mother, Emilia's ill health. The author shares a beautiful poem that young Karol wrote 10 years after his mothers death in remembrance of her. Several chapters are spent going into detail of young Karol's early adult years, which he spent writing plays based on books of the Bible, and working with other young adults his age in underground prayer groups during the war. Some of the things Karol learned in these underground prayer groups he used during his early years as a priest when working with the youth groups that he started. This book goes on to discuss the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II in the early 80's and it's links to the third secret of Fatima. I would highly recommend this book to be read by anyone with even a passing interest in Pope Blessed John Paul II and his life. It blends together the over all theme of the life of Karol Wojtyla (later Pope John Paul II) which was one of ever increasing struggle, from before he was born until his last breathe, you can see our Lady's hand guiding his life to where it needs to be. You can also see how hard Satan tried to weigh down this incredible man's heart so that he would turn away from God. Thankfully for us, Pope Blessed John Paul II always turned to God and our Lady offering up his life of struggle.

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