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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: The Catholic University of America Press; Second Printing edition (April 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813209412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813209418
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,295,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An exceptionally brilliant study, Shivanandan very accurately and clearly sets forth the major ideas developed at length by Pope John Paul II in many of his writings. . . . She has entered into serious dialogue with contemporary thinking regarding the nature of the human person, the meaning of the human body, and the meaning of human sexuality, relating and contrasting this thinking with that of John Paul II. -- Prof. William E. May, John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family

Shivanandan has made a significant contribution to the enrichment of our understanding of marriage. In a concise way, she reveals the subtle insights of John Paul II, which resonate in so many people's lives once they are explained in such a clear way. -- Rev. Msgr. Peter J. Elliott, Casa Internazionale del Clero, Rome

“…presents strong and persuasive arguments and a host of personal testimonies to support her position [on contraception].” -- INTAMS Review

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Mary Shivanandan, STD, is a professor at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is stunning. How beautiful is God's gift of our body, I realized after reading it. This world proclaims that the human body is made for gratification and manipulation, but we know deep down there has to be more. Pope John Paul II has given the defining answer through his writings on the theology of the body. Sadly, many of us have not heard it or cannot comprehend it. This book by Dr. Shivanandan clearly and concisely elucidates the reader on the mind of this Pope. In Crossing the Threshold of Love, the layperson can see the link from the creation of man, of men and women, in God's image to day-to-day relationships with others.
Married couples, single persons, parents, priests, seminarians, teachers -- all can peel away years of misunderstanding the true theology of the body with their read of this book. So much of life's beauty is revealed. A profound sense of serenity with one's sexuality can be the result.
It is not for wimps, though. It took time to read and upon reflection to appreciate this work. It is more than worth the effort.
Crossing the Threshold of Love will remain a timeless resource for meditation and for improving relations with one another.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sam Torode on December 8, 2000
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My wife and I read this book as we prepared for marriage, and it's the best book we've read on the subject. Though we are not Catholics, we recognize the beautiful truths of Pope John Paul II's vision of divine and human love. Crossing the Threshold of Love descibes marriage in its fullness--as God intended it. Any book on marriage that ignores such fundamental issues as fertility cycles and contraception is not worth your time. Mary Shivanandan is an honest, informed, and trustworthy guide in these matters. Though not an easy read, it is well worth the effort.
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The Theology of the Body is itself hard to read. This book gives one the background or context for understanding it if one still wants to plow thru it. If not, there are valuable explanations and key points explained in a more straightforward manner.
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