- Paperback: 319 pages
- Publisher: Ignatius Press; Revised edition (April 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0898704456
- ISBN-13: 978-0898704457
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Love and Responsibility Paperback – April 1, 1993
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Polish
About the Author
KAROL WOJTYLA was born in Wadowice on May 18th, 1920. In 1946 he became a priest. He was appointed assistant Bishop of Cracovia in 1958 and Archbishop in 1963. On October 16th, 1978, he was elected Pope and adopted the name of John Paul II. He has written many books with world wide acknowledgment.
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Worthy of special mention is Wotyla's metaphysical analysis of "love". This is a deep look into the nature of true love, how the sexual urge is the starting point, a good thing that encourages us to look deeper and to love the person as a whole. When this urge is abused by treating the person as a mere sex object, the fruits of the sexual urge are squandered. When used properly, the sexual urge is fuel to deepen our interests in another, to develop a friendship, goodwill, and if there is reciprocity from the other person, the highest stage is attained - betrothed love - the lifelong comittment of marriage.
This is a book that is sorely needed by our society today. There is much here - Wojtyla's thought is rich and deep. You will not get the grasp of his point with one reading, rather it will take multiple readings of this book for its flavor to sink in. Personally I have read this book three times and can testify how it has enriched my life. I think it will do the same for you.
that it is wrong to treat a person as a thing.
Wojtyla lays out an incredibly compelling argument for what I think is the Church's most beautiful teaching, an understanding that the rest of the world seems to have forgotten. It is a real shame that more people don't know about this book, as it would save so many of our generation from the despair of longing for true, meaningful, lasting love, but being frustrated by the selfish, near-sighted misconceptions disseminated by the mass media.
As others have pointed out, this book is not a light read. Aside from the topic being involved at times, the translation is a bit awkward in places. Happily, there are study groups that meet in cities around the U.S. and the world to discuss the book; many of these groups have web pages with helpful study materials (yes, it's a whole social phenomenon). If it weren't for the prohibition on posting URLs, I would include that for the Love and Responsibility Foundation in New York. There are also groups that meet in Boston and Washington, D.C. (And yet other groups that meet to discuss the Pope's _Theology of the Body_--see Our Father's Will Communications.Read more ›
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If ever there was a "must read" about relationships...this is it!Published 24 days ago by Amazon Addict
This book provides a great understanding of sexuality and the Catholic Church. Paired with Christopher West's Theology of the Body explained, you understand how God intended... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ravzender
Pope St. John Paul the II is awesome. Great book and extremely relevant for today's culture.Published 5 months ago by SPM
Timeless reflections on embodiment and human sexuality... love, marriage, and procreation.
I've read both English translations now many times, and this new translation... Read more
An amazing book and obviously the predecessor to Theology of the Body. His insight into Love and Marriage are miraculous!Published 9 months ago by Daniel