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by Peggy Noonan

John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father epub ebook

Author: Peggy Noonan
Category: Churches & Church Leadership
Language: English
Publisher: Viking Adult; Standard edition (November 22, 2005)
Pages: 256 pages
ISBN: 0670037486
ISBN13: 978-0739461570
Rating: 4.2
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That is exactly what Peggy Noonan has done with John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father. We heard John Paul the Great as an audio CD read by Peggy Noonan as we drove from Chicago to Colorado

That is exactly what Peggy Noonan has done with John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father. She has made the life of John Paul the Great, jump off the pages, right into your heart. We heard John Paul the Great as an audio CD read by Peggy Noonan as we drove from Chicago to Colorado. It is 7 CD's or about 8 1/2 hours of listening time but my wife and I had a long journey to travel while in the USA.

Margaret Ellen "Peggy" Noonan (born September 7, 1950) is an American author, weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and contributor to NBC News and . 2005: John Paul The Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father.

Margaret Ellen "Peggy" Noonan (born September 7, 1950) is an American author, weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and contributor to NBC News and ABC News. She was a primary speechwriter and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan from 1984 to 1986 and has maintained a center-right leaning in her writings since leaving the Reagan administration. Five of Noonan's books have been New York Times bestsellers. 2008: Patriotic Grace: What It Is and Why We Need It Now.

Noonan, Peggy, 1950-. John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005.

John Paul the Great book. Now she offers a stirring portrait of a spiritual and intellectual giant who personally confronted all of the worst tragedies of his age. Drawing on scholarship, interviews with prominent Catholics, and her own experience, Noonan traces the extraordinary life and struggles of Pope John Paul II with characteristic insight and probity-and explores how much we can learn from his leadership, diplomacy, humility, and holiness.

Her book, John Paul the Great, is no exception. With her customary, grace, and respect she writes with love, affection, and candor about John Paul II and the faith he inspired in Catholics, in Christians, and most especially, in her. She made me smile with her story of coffee and the rosary. "I don't have a cup of coffee in the morning - I have a glass of coffee, because it's bigger. Peggy Noonan, a weekly columnist for the Wall Street Journal, does a splendid job of presenting an unforgettable spiritual father-figure in her life, the late Pope John Paul II. She also makes a case that everyone longs for such a person and that John Paul met the challenge of serving as pastor for the entire world.

Here, bestselling author Peggy Noonan brings her sharp observations, acute . 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.

Here, bestselling 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. In an age rich with heroes, Pope John Paul II was truly the great man of the past century-a man who personally confronted its tragedies, from Nazism to communism. 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. Результаты поиска по книге. Отзывы - Написать отзыв.

He demonstrates this through great compassion and understanding. Noonan gives a portrait of a man who is devoted to God; one who relies on God's grace to accomplish his papal mission. The second mission has Peggy Noonan as its focus although not without reserve and humility. It's about her journey in the Christian faith - - her transformation from one who barely acknowledges God to one who yields more completely to God. It's a story of conversion with Pope John Paul being the earthly catalyst to bring her to conversion.

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A commemorative portrait of Pope John Paul II recounts his struggles against such factors as Nazism, communism, and scandal, describing his work for freedom, his written works, his political endeavors, his survival of an assassination attempt, and his lasting influence on both world history and the Catholic Church. By the author of When Character Was King. 175,000 first printing.
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Jerdodov
While having a nice dinner with friends back in March, my college roommate Mike mentioned he'd just read Peggy Noonan's book John Paul the Great and liked it.

He felt he'd under-appreciated JP II when he was alive and Noonan's book brought out for him what a great man he was. And he asked a rhetorical question - why weren't the Pope's writings more utilized by priests in homilies, etc? (Good question.)

So I went to amazon a couple of days later, and got a pristine hardcover copy from one of their second hand booksellers for less than three dollars, plus shipping. A bargain. I've never had anything but good results from the amazon second hand sellers.

John Paul the Great is a good read, It's not a great book, and it's not Peggy Noonan's best book, but it is plenty good. A fine introduction to John Paul.

(Personal note. I like Peggy Noonan. A lot. She's written some wonderful books. Her first book, Present at the Revolution is probably the best book about the Reagan Administration. Noonan was a speechwriter for Reagan, and wrote some of his most memorable speeches, including the one he gave after the Shuttle tragedy, and his speech at Normandy.)

And it is an introduction. It is not an in-depth study of the Pope's philosophy or theology. Noonan sketches out in broad strokes JP's thinking, and usually does a good job of it. I say usually because one of the shortcomings of the book is that a couple of times it comes across a bit as Peggy Noonan Teaching Catechism Class.

But that is more than made up for in the chapters covering things like the Pope's early life, his geopolitical impact, Noonan's discussion of the ongoing abuse crisis in the U.S. and what it's done to the Church, and her description of the ceremonies at Mother Teresa's beatification. Also - Noonan's telling of her meeting Cardinal Law (who she'd ripped to shreds in her WSJ newspaper column), not to mention the last chapter on John Paul's death and the election of Benedict 16 - all excellent stuff.

So a fine book and a quick read about one of the towering figures of the second half of the 20th century. I would recommend it to anyone, whether they are familiar with John Paul or just curious about what the big deal was when he died on April 2, 2005 - exactly a year and five months ago.

(Personal note #2. My wife Brigid also read it and found it absorbing.)

Braned
Everything I have ever read that Peggy Noonan has written always makes me say, "I wish I had said that!" or "Why didn't I write that?" Peggy is funny, she is deep - she is nothing short of magnificent. Peggy Noonan the Great sees life with a capital L, puts it all on paper for you and for me and makes that Life jump off the pages right into our hearts.

That is exactly what Peggy Noonan has done with John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father. She has made the life of John Paul the Great, jump off the pages, right into your heart.

Peggy Noonan is gifted at one-liners; her titles for each chapter, as well as all of her comments, need to be underlined in a brilliant color and cherished over and over as you read them again and again.

The first chapter, "I saw a Saint at Sunrise" is very heart-warming to any of us who have been to Rome but will be just as exciting to those who still yearn to make their first journey. The final chapter, "There is a Dead Saint in Rome" will take you to many thoughts of the week John Paul the Great left us.

The writing of the mini-miracle, sandwiched between the first and last chapter, of perfectly round circles of glass from an `explosion' of her coffee glass, filled with hot coffee, that reminded Peggy to pray the Rosary, will delight you. You will shake your head as you believe.

John Paul the Great was my Christmas gift to many grateful friends who feel the same way. Buy it - you will love it. Then, write a review!

porosh
We heard John Paul the Great as an audio CD read by Peggy Noonan as we drove from Chicago to Colorado. It is 7 CD's or about 8 1/2 hours of listening time but my wife and I had a long journey to travel while in the USA. There was an excitement as we began because John Paul had also been a positive influence in own lives, particularly when we working along the war zone of the Thai/Cambodian border in the early 1980's. A war over communism vs freedom and democracy that was of great concern to him.

For this trip, we had also picked up the book on CD "An American Life" by Ronald Reagan as his voice was very familiar and comforting to us as we listened to his press conferences while we lived in that war zone on Voice of America. We had learned how God brought these two men together at a key time to put great pressure upon Communism an finally to see it fall.

Readers of these two books may want to read another incredible book on John Paul that documents the fall of Communism, "His Holiness -John Paul II and the hidden history of our time" by Carl Bernstein and Marco Politi.

Travel in the USA is such a treat for us as we have seen more of the world than the USA. Bangkok, Thailand has been home for us for 26 years as we are missionaries to the poor and needy in Asia and Africa. Peggy Noonan has a very pleasant voice and although John Paul the Great chronicles the incredible history of the influence of John Paul II on the world, this book also is written personally from a woman of faith on her own journey and we the listeners are invited along. I would highly recommend you to come on this journey as well.

The back cover states, "John Paul II was a giant. In an age of heroes, he was truly the great man of his century--a lion who personally confronted all the century's tragedies. From Nazism to Communism to Terrorism. He was a man of great intellect who was at the same time a man of the Spirit, a man of intense communication with God."

This book is a reminder to me of how much we owe John Paul II. He always spoke out internationally on difficult issues, even if many disagreed with him, he did not back down. And yet, he was a Father to so many who deeply loved him. The reflection upon his first visit to Poland and connecting with his people is worth the whole book. These were anything but normal days and the world watched as the great Communist wall started to crack and then to fall. Poland and John Paul II were right in the middle of it.

He also broadly wrote during his time as Pope, more than any other Pope. I had not realized how much. He wrote broadly on subjects like work, business, youth, sexuality and identity and it was a good reminder to get some of the encyclicals and re-read them.

I am also grateful to Peggy Noonan on her sharing of her personal walk of faith in this book. I had often appreciated her communication skills but I felt like this woman who is a follower of Jesus shared both the good and the bad of the Catholic Church and what is needed to bring about change in the next decade. This book is not just about John Paul II or Peggy Noonan, it is about you and me. It is about faith and what will we do with it. What kind of difference will faith make in your life or mine to help make a difference in our world.

G. Stephen Goode

November 2006

Bangkok, Thailand

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