Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2014
I am loving this book! Granted, I am only halfway through, but I am taking my time to savor it.

The book is not only inspiring, it's also extremely entertaining and accessible. It's filled with a continual stream of anecdotes and stories that I somehow never knew. And whether John Paul II already holds a special place in your heart, or you are just discovering him, Evert draws you in with a moving and powerful journey through this saint's incredible life and into his heart.

I think my favorite thing about this book existing is that it may open up a whole new generation of Catholic teenagers to the awesome witness of JPII. The high school freshman of today were 5-6 years old when John Paul the Great died, and many of them may not care about this man at all. I know Jason Evert has a large following among young Catholics today, and my hope is that they will pick up this easy read and be inspired by JPII's epic life, charming personality, and heroic virtue.

I highly recommend people of all ages to read it, to commemorate the canonization this month. You will not be disappointed!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Just in time for Pope Francis to canonize Saint John Paul II on 27 April 2014, we have a new book on the saint by popular Catholic youth speaker Jason Evert. Evert, Jesuit-educated at Brophy Prep, has made a career with his wife Crystalina as a popular fixture on the Catholic youth and young adult speaking circuit. Speaking in the U.S. and beyond, they emphasize the value of chastity and of saving oneself until marriage, frequently citing their inspiration from JPII's theology of the body. As such, it's highly appropriate that this new book focuses on the "five loves" of a pope who focused a good part of his ministry on recovering a self-sacrificing notion of human love for the public square. This is a reverential book written with style and humor in an accessible, non-technical style. If you've read Evert's other books on sexuality and relationships, you'll know what to expect here, but there's a more warmly personal focus in this book on the pope whose love for humanity inspired so many. If you want uplifting spiritual reading for Easter, I highly recommend this paperback book as a simple love letter to the "pope of the young" whom so many of us still recall with deep affection.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2014
I never review anything, but this book was truly amazing!! So much great information that I was never aware of, such a holy man. I only wish I could have met him.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2014
This is Fascinating. As you read it emerges you in such a profound way that as you finish the book it makes you/ inspires you wanting to be a SAINT. What a gift.
Well Done Jason, it needs to be translated so the world can get to live it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2014
Beautiful and engaging. Tons of fun to read, and I learned so much about my faith and JPII that I am truly great full this book was made :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2014
Those of us who cherished Pope John Paul II knew that he was a great man, whom we not only admired, but loved. We knew that he was a saint and would one day be declared so officially by the Catholic Church. His successor wisely waived the five year waiting period for opening the cause for canonization, and just nine years after his death, on the feast of Divine Mercy in April 27, 2014, he was canonized.

In Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves, author Jason Evert tells us just who this great man was and why we loved him so much, by presenting both his biography (which covers nearly the first half of the book) and the five great loves of his life and his pontificate (which are contained in the second half of the book). Evert writes in a clear, comprehensible manner and I found this book easy to read. However, I did not read this book quickly, as I wanted to savor the stories about this dear man and great saint. This book was engaging and very hard to put down.

While the first part of this book was very interesting and brought back fond memories, I already knew much of Pope John Paul II’s life story; however, the chapters that detailed his loves (young people, human love, the Blessed Sacrament, the Virgin Mary, and the Cross) presented new information that strongly reaffirmed my belief that he was truly an exceptional man and brilliant leader of the Church. I was captivated by the many anecdotes and personal remembrances revealed by cardinals, bishops, and others whom Evert interviewed for the book.

Here are some highlights of the book that will be new to many of us:

• We know that the Holy Father loved youth and was forever a youth himself (He has been referred to as “the eternal teenager.”), but do we know precisely why young people were so attracted to him?

• We are aware of Pope John Paul II’s beautiful theology of the body that was first revealed in his bestselling book Love and Responsibility (1960), but do we know just how he thought and felt about women?

• We know that he was a man of incessant prayer, but do we know what those closest to him witnessed and felt as they watched him in prayer? Do we know who he prayed for daily and what the results were?

• We know that he had a deep love for the Blessed Virgin Mary, but do we know why was he drawn so close to her, what promises he made to her, and what the consequences were?

• We know that John Paul II was a holy man who suffered greatly and offered up his sufferings for the good of the Church but what were the consequences for the Church and for others who were suffering?

• There are amazing stories of healings and miracles that took place while Pope John Paul II was still alive that were not disclosed to the public that are revealed in this book.

Unveiling untold stories, using spirited scripture passages, inspiring quotes, enlightening excerpts from John Paul II’s writings and powerful personal anecdotes, Evert effectively conveys the story of St. John Paul the Great’s life. Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves is a captivating book you will want to read and re-re-read and one that you will treasure for years to come. It is appropriate for teens as well as adults. I highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2014
Love the detailed stories and insight into Saint John Paul II impressive life. Jason Evert has an amazing ability to put the reader right into the setting of each incident in the life of this GREAT MAN.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2014
Jason Evert brings to life St John Paul II, By reading this book it gave me a deeper insite about the man St John Paul II, I learned many new interesting facts about his life and I will be ever greatfull to him and how he has helped me to deepen my faith and make a new commitment to live my faith in a deeper relationship with the Church and Almighty God. Richard
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Amazing and inspirational, the first 80 pages contain a biography of the life of John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla), including many inspiring and interesting stories I'd never heard before. The remaining 120ish pages speak on his 5 loves: young people, human love, the Blessed Sacrament, the Virgin Mary and the cross.

Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves is a quick and captivating book that you won't want to put down. It will inspire you with the holiness of our great saint, but simultaneously make that holiness seem like a goal that each of us can reach in our own way.

I especially enjoyed the prayer to the Holy Spirit, which the pope prayed every day and a scripture passage John Paul II recommended one to use during meditation in order to profoundly understand the meaning of prayer. I'd definitely recommend the book for anyone and would especially encourage it for young men. Thanks to Jason Evert for a fantastic book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2014
I have been waiting for this illuminating book about St.John Paul The Great. It was wonderful to read about his five great loves. He spent his life in service to others, starting when he was a very young man and weathered the lose of all his family at such a young age. His strength and character helped him through the occupation of Poland and the cruelty of the Nazis. He gave hope to all who met him and his rise to Bishop and then to Cardinal was ordained by his great love and obedience to God and his holy church. This book gives all of us who loved and followed him such insight about his unfailing love of Jesus Christ and his Mother, The Virgin Mary. About his determination to travel the whole world bringing Divine Mercy to all persons needing help and hope. This author, did all of us a great service in bringing this book about this incredible, beautiful Pope, with all of the researching, so we could know him personally. If I loved St. John Paul before I read this book, it has increased beyond anything and everyone. We have all been blessed to have had him with us on earth and now ministering to us from Heaven.
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