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Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love: Practical Insights from John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility Paperback – October 13, 2015
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Fr. Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II’s name before he became the pontiff in 1978) published Love and Responsibility in 1960. It revealed his fully formed philosophy of marriage and sheds light on the dynamics between men and women. Some consider his analysis of the true meaning of human love as life changing and practical, shedding light on real issues between men and women.
This updated and expanded edition of Edward Sri’s classic meditation on Pope John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility includes a new introduction, new chapters for single people and engaged couples, and maybe most importantly the stories of people whose lives have been transformed by Pope John Paul II’s foundational teaching on relationships. “Edward Sri is a gifted teacher and an equally talented writer. This book shows why. He breaks open Karol Wojtyla's great text, Love and Responsibility, in a way that's clear, engaging and very practical for the challenges of daily life.” – Charles J. Chaput, OFM, Archbishop of Philadelphia.
In Men, Women and the Mystery of Love, Edward Sri breaks down the contents of John Paul’s epic work, making it more accessible to the reader. It isn’t a manual on sexual ethics, more so a no-nonsense discussion on issues we face as couples. He emphasizes the down-to-earth nature of Love and Responsibility, giving readers actionable advice on issues like: How to determine if a relationship is one of authentic love or is doomed to failure; The problem of pornography; The meaning of friendship; How to achieve greater intimacy in marriage; The difference between feeling “I’m in love” and love itself; and so many other valuable questions.
While this book is a great personal resource, it also can be used in a variety of situations like small group studies, marriage preparation classes, and other parish settings. It offers valuable advice for just about everyone, from young single adults and engaged couples to newlyweds and couples celebrating their 35th anniversary. Study questions with each chapter make this a valuable resource not only for individual personal reading, but also for small group study.
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- Publisher : Franciscan Media; Second Edition, New Edition, Revised and Expanded (October 13, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1632530805
- ISBN-13 : 978-1632530806
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #66,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #52 in Christian Dating & Relationships (Books)
- #255 in Christian Marriage (Books)
- #324 in Christian Family & Relationships
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"... sensual and emotional responses can be so powerful that they dominate how we view the other person. In our fallen human nature, we can tend to see persons of the opposite sex primarily through the prism of their sexual values--the values that give us pleasure. As a result, we obscure our perception of them as persons, and view them more as opportunities for our own enjoyment"
I highly recommend this book to readers desiring to honor God and to learn how to better "love one another" in the way He would have us to love.
I especially like the way it highlights some of the best metaphors Saint John Paul II used to explain the church's teachings on love, relationships, and sexuality. He was so gentle in his approach to the subject, but still didn't make any concessions in explaining the truth. This book brings a lot of his ideas and applies them to our current culture, but also reminds us that if we don't feel like we're meeting the standard set forth in the text, to not feel too bad, because placed in perspective, what's expressed in "Love and Responsibility" are met by very few people, but we can all try a little harder to use our relationships with others to glorify God and to give more of ourselves.
This is really a tangible version on JPII's 500 pg book on Love and Responsibility. It has a great discussion questions after each chapter and references (specifically pages) to JPII's book on Love and Responsibility if you wanted to check it out yourself.
It touches on the subjects of love in terms of family/friendship and romance, physical and emotional chastity, modesty, and little bit of theology of the body. All of it is in line with the Catholic Church, yet you don't have to be Catholic to read it. The book paints a clear picture of what love should look like and it's ultimate message is that real love is completely self-less.
Another book I recommend with this is Theology of the Body by Christopher West, which is another tangible read of JPII's own Theology of the Body. All of JPII's works are honestly too good to miss out on.
I highly recommend this book to all but especially to those just starting out in life because they will understand what finding a mate is all about. It is about finding a love that is enduring, self-sacraficing, and true to the promises of the vocation of marriage and family.
Thank you Edward Sri for brining this work to us.
This is a must read. It teaches you what TRUE love is. Not this cheap imitation that the world is currently selling that crumbles at the slightest adversity and has given us the current divorce rate. . So much wisdom and a great "easy read". I may go on to read JPII's Love & Responsibility now that I've got the cliff notes under my belt as a prep.
It's SO good. Please read it. Buy an extra copy to share with someone. Single, dating, engaged, married-- there's honestly so much good stuff in there for everyone!
Warning: some of the content might seem really "old-school"but don't let that stop you from taking ehay you can. I skipped some sections where I was like "nah, definitely don't see that adding any value to my life." Still would recommend :)
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Great points to contemplate on to deepen our spiritual lives!