- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Series: Encounter the Saints (Paperback)
- Paperback: 111 pages
- Publisher: Pauline Books & Media (March 11, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0819811785
- ISBN-13: 978-0819811783
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.3 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Saint John Paul II: Be Not Afraid (Encounter the Saints (Paperback)) Paperback – March 11, 2011
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If you are like me who has difficulty understanding advance vocabulary, this book is for you. It's simple to understand and direct. Very interesting to have learned about our beloved's Pope's life. :D
The book came in a timely manner and in perfect condition.
Karol grew up during dreadful turmoil in his beloved country of Poland. During these very unstable years, Karol’s personal strength and hope came from his faith. Of course his family was the first and most important influence in his life, and they set a firm foundation that taught him to love and trust God and at times “to place his sorry in God’s hands.” He experienced deep sorrow when he lost his mother at a young age and then later his dear brother, Mundek. His father’s example became lessons that taught him a love of God, country, and people of different religions and nationalities.
It is amazing to look at his life and see other people God put in his path who also influenced him. He shared a great lifelong friendship with Jerzy, a Jewish boy who lived in the same area. Later, he met a man who had a great devotion to the Blessed Mother and the rosary. This relationship opened his heart even more. His love and deep devotion to the Blessed Mother became evident when he chose the motto “Totus Tuus” meaning “entirely yours” when he became a bishop. Even the kindness of the factory workers at the plant where he worked influenced Karol so much that he wrote an encyclical about the dignity of the human worker when he was pope. Cardinal Saphieha welcomed Karol to the underground seminary, ordained him, and became a spiritual leader. All of these people were beacons in a sense during a time when he lived in a culture of death.
From the beginning of his life as a priest, Fr. Karol had to face severe government restrictions and hardships, but he persevered and continued to teach, write books, and touch people’s lives, especially the youth. His epistle of the sacredness of life, the dignity and worth of every human being, became a cornerstone of his message to the world. [Theology of the Body]
Karol Wojtyla was elected Pope in 1978. Pope John Paul II “traveled as a missionary of peace and love in the name of Jesus. He was a teacher whose classroom was the whole world.” He allowed God’s plan for him to unfold and followed it faithfully. His last words were, “I want to go home now, to my heavenly Father.”
There is a beautiful prayer to St. John Paul II at the end of the book. The prayer is very appropriate for young children who also live in a world in turmoil. There is also a very informative glossary that will help the reader understand many Catholic terms.
Pauline Books and Media provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was very happy to read it because John Paul II has greatly influenced the lives of my children who grew up during his papacy. His mission to relay the Good News is alive in that generation. I strongly recommend this book because it is now time for the next generation of young children to know this great saint.