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Life Pope John Paul II: Toward Sainthood (Life (Life Books)) Hardcover – May 24, 2011

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The editors at LIFE vigorously carry on the traditions of excellence in photography, in journalism, and in telling the story of our country and our world which began with LIFE magazine in 1936 by founding editor and publisher, Henry R. Luce. They have published books on a broad range of subjects, including New York Times bestsellers One Nation, LIFE Picture Puzzle and The American Journey of Barack Obama.

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Product Details

  • Series: Life (Life Books)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Life (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160320220X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603202206
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #970,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Sullivan has written several books on his own and dozens in his day job as Managing Editor of LIFE Books. The late Frank McCourt once said that reading Sullivan was "like sitting by the fire with a lively and scholarly seanchie, as satisfying as a pint of Guinness or a Connemara sunset." Thomas Keneally called Sullivan "a writer of great charm." His books include a baseball memoir and a golf collection, but closest to his heart are three collaborations with the artist Glenn Wolff: Atlantis Rising, Flight of the Reindeer and the soon-to-be-published A Child's Christmas in New England. Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, called Flight of the Reindeer "a charming new Christmas classic," and the book became a TV movie, The Christmas Secret, in which Beau Bridges played Santa and Richard Thomas was, well, the Sullivan character. It was perhaps inevitable that Sullivan and Wolff would approach Christmas again, and this time it is with a memoir of life north of Boston in 1950s and '60s. Some folks have already said nice things about A Child's Christmas in New England:
* "The childhood memories that the father tells his daughter in this warm and wonderful book can't help but bring back similar memories for other parents-- memories they, too, will be inspired to share with their own children." --Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call and The Way We Were: New England Then, New England Now
* "Master collaborators Robert Sullivan and Glenn Wolff have done it again! This time, they breathe inspired life into the ghosts of Christmas past, capturing the good old days when Christmas was always white, the snow really was waist-high, the turkey was perfectly cooked, the tinsel shimmered on a towering tree, and the sledding runs went on forever. When I reached The End, I felt that same empty-full-happy-sad feeling that used to wash over me after the last present under the tree had been unwrapped and I'd begin counting the days till Christmas came again." --George Howe Colt, author of The Big House and Brothers
* "Who could have guessed that Christmas memories from the epoch of paisley couches, of young boys with paper routes, of wall phones that ring only in the event of an emergency, of multicolored plastic toothpicks on holiday hors d'oeuvres plates, of a kid designated as "Husky" rather than as obese, of Erector sets and Christmas tree tinsel, and of the guarantee of snow in December--could be so charmingly told, so magically illustrated, as if arising from a village in a folk-tale? Wistful, gentle, and surprising, this sweet book is like a gift-box of holiday peppermints, filling a room with merriment and sparkle." --Melissa Fay Greene, author of Praying for Sheetrock and No Biking in the House Without a Helmet

Sullivan no longer lives in Massachusetts but in Westchester County, New York, with with his wife, three children and a psychotic Springer Spaniel.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By newsgirl on January 8, 2015
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Many good photos, especially of Karol Wojtyla prior to becoming Pope. However, several pages are wasted on lists of other popes, one of which contains unverified and very dubious information. Also, an art director chose to waste one whole page with a big photo of the Pope's attacker.
An introduction by Rev. Billy Graham is banal and wastes two pages.

It is mostly well-written but turns snarky toward the end, chastizing John Paul for saying the goings-on in our world are reminiscent of the days of the fall of the Roman Empire ( I don't know about you but I would say this description still is accurate) and because he just would not say abortion etc is okay.
It also disrespects Cardinal Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI.

Worth collecting for some of the photos, but only if you can get a bargain ($7), Do not pay ANYTHING NEAR full price!
Time/Life, a secular entity, is no friend of religion in general or Catholicism specifically.
There are many better books about John Paul
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By figgment on August 26, 2011
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This book the details the life of Pope Jonn Paul II in a very real and informative way. It cover everything from his birth in Poland, to his schooling, entrance into the seminary and his rise to his appointment to the Papecy. It is a very informative and moveing story. I recommend to every Christain.
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By B.Kinny on September 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The book takes the passion and ferver for life, people, and the Lord a step beyond what we saw when he was alive and renews the faith of those who read it and have a faith in something other than themselves.
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By Snow Level on June 5, 2015
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I use the pictures in frames around my house.
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