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Word of Mouth

Faithful Fifteen

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REMEMBERING POPE JOHN PAUL II

The world mourns the passing of Pope John Paul II, spiritual leader to millions and an inspiration to many more. One does not need to be a member of the Catholic Church to recognize his contributions to society; his presence affected the worldwide political landscape, brought hope and solace to every location he visited, and gave the centuries-old image of Christianity a new face. We at Bookreporter.com have assembled a collection of works --- many of which were written by the pontiff himself --- as a tribute to one of the most influential and inspirational figures of the past three decades.


THE CONCLAVE: A Secret and Sometimes Bloody History of Papal Elections
Michael Walsh
Sheed and Ward
Church History
ISBN: 158051135X

By 1271, the papal throne had been unoccupied for over two years. As a result, local officials decided to lock the cardinals of the Catholic Church in a room and force them to select a new pope. In THE CONCLAVE, prominent Catholic historian Michael Walsh takes readers through the history of past conclaves, highlighting the vendettas, feuds, and political intrigues that have colored the selection of a new pontiff.

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CROSSING THE THRESHOLD OF HOPE
Pope John Paul II
Knopf
Religion & Spirituality
ISBN: 0679765611

On the eve of the millennium, Pope John Paul II goes to the heart of his personal beliefs, speaking with passion about the existence of God and the dignity of man. He writes about pain, suffering and evil, and about eternal life and the meaning of salvation. With great humility and generosity of spirit, he conveys a message of hope and courage, stating, "Be not afraid!"

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EVERY CHILD A LIGHT: The Pope's Message to Young People
Pope John Paul II
edited by Jerome M. Vereb, C.P.
Boyds Mills Press
Inspirational
ISBN: 1563970902

Despite being the most widely traveled pope in history, Pope John Paul II always made special time for children. From Senegal to Scandinavia, from the Philippines to Brazil, John Paul reached out to young people worldwide. In EVERY CHILD A LIGHT he offers his thoughts on faith, family, life, and God's love, based on talks he had with children and young adults. Father Jerome Vereb has assembled these words of inspiration with full-color photographs, capturing the special bond that exists between children and the Holy Father.

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A GLOBAL PILGRIM: The Journeys of Pope John Paul II
The Staff of the Chicago Tribune
Triumph Books
Biography
ISBN: 1572437057

This timeless keepsake of a book tells the story of a bold pontiff who led his church into a new millennium --- a man who never surrendered, who survived an assassination attempt and personally forgave the gunman, and who persevered against Parkinson's disease and the ravages of age.

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HEIRS OF THE FISHERMAN: Behind the Scenes of Papal Death and Succession
John-Peter Pham
Oxford University Press
Religious Studies
ISBN: 0195178343

The election of a new pope always captures the world's attention, as all eyes turn to the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel, where the color of the smoke is our only clue to the secret deliberations inside. In this fascinating volume, former Vatican insider John-Peter Pham takes us where the general public has never gone before, providing vital background to the selection of the heir of the fisherman. Pham provides rare insight into the dramatic shifts inside the College of Cardinals, whose 130 members now hail from 57 nations around the globe, and takes us into the secret conclave where the electors are kept under lock and key until they have selected a new pope.

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HIS HOLINESS: John Paul II and the History of Our Time
Carl Bernstein and Marco Politi
Penguin
Biography
ISBN: 0140266917

Drawing on hundreds of interviews with key players in Rome, Washington, Moscow and Warsaw, Carl Bernstein and Marco Politi tell the Pope's amazing story, recreating the remarkable details of his upbringing in a small Polish town during the Nazi occupation and the early years of Soviet control of the country. HIS HOLINESS reveals how John Paul II put the Church on an unmistakable theological course concerning such issues as the role of women, sexuality and abortion, and how he forced the Vatican to recognize the state of Israel, work with the CIA, and influence the rise of Solidarity.

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JOHN PAUL II: THE EPIC LIFE OF A PILGRIM POPE
The Staff of the Chicago Tribune
Triumph Books
Biography
ISBN: 1572437049

This coffee table book/CD-ROM package is the only one of its kind to honor in exquisite detail the remarkable, historical papacy of Pope John Paul II --- complete with hundreds of rare and archival photographs, extensive video footage, and decades worth of reporting and interviews.

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JOHN PAUL II: A LIGHT FOR THE WORLD: Essays and Reflections on the Papacy of John Paul II
Mary Ann Walsh
Sheed and Ward
Inspirational
ISBN: 1580511422

Elegantly designed and produced, JOHN PAUL II: A LIGHT FOR THE WORLD features over 140 photographs --- many of which seldom have been seen outside the Vatican --- by official Vatican photographers who have captured the Pope's remarkable life and ministry for a quarter of a century. These beautiful photographs are accompanied by selections from the Pope's own speeches and writings as well as essays and personal reflections by scholars and friends that provide insight into the public and private person of Pope John Paul II.

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JOHN PAUL II: A POPE FOR THE PEOPLE
Heinz Joachim Fischer
Harry N. Abrams
Essays
ISBN: 0810949849

Pope John Paul II's leadership has inspired both enormous respect and constant debate. His portrait as a generally modern pope --- who traveled extensively and made use of the latest in communication media to explore existential questions of our time --- stands in contrast to his conservative views on such issues as abortion, birth control, and the ordination of women. In this insightful book, five internationally renowned authors portray the pope's complex personality and politics, accompanied by a series of stunning photographs that survey his life and work.

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A LIFE IN PRAYER: The Private Prayers of Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II
Atria
Inspirational
ISBN: 0743444434

This final book in the acclaimed "Private Prayers" series collects prayers and public speeches from the four volumes of THE PRIVATE PRAYERS OF POPE JOHN PAUL II. The selections illustrate his devotion to the Virgin Mary and the Rosary, the foundations of his spiritual life, the profound range of his compassion, and the poetry of his life and language.

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THE LOVING HEART: The Private Prayers of Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II
Atria
Inspirational
ISBN: 0743444418

THE LOVING HEART is the fourth book in the "Private Prayers" series, a collection of the private prayers, beliefs, homilies, thoughts and poems of Pope John Paul II, who advises us all to live each day to its fullest.

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MEMORY AND IDENTITY: Conversations at the Dawn of a Millennium
Pope John Paul II
Rizzoli
Religion & Spirituality
ISBN: 0847827615

In this collection of transcribed conversations between the pope and two of his philosopher friends, John Paul II discusses a wide range of topics relevant to the past and present, as well as the future. He shares his perspectives on subjects such as freedom and democracy, while referencing Catholic teachings and great historical thinkers. The pontiff also provides meditations on freedom and its limits, ideas of Homeland and Nation, and on the Christian roots of Europe. This powerful volume also makes an emphatic appeal for mankind to regard their freedom as both a gift and a responsibility to be used for the common good, and warns against the dangers of atheism, consumerism, and materialism that divide us.

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POPE JOHN PAUL II: IN MY OWN WORDS
Pope John Paul II
Gramercy
Religion & Spirituality
ISBN: 0517220849

Spiritual patriarch to millions, Pope John Paul II's words often have been a source of inspiration, solace, and strength to those who have listened. IN MY OWN WORDS is a collection of quotes and prayers by the pontiff on love, family, truth, freedom, human relationships, the power of God, and the importance of hope and prayer, which offer answers to some of life's most difficult questions.

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RISE, LET US BE ON OUR WAY
Pope John Paul II
Warner Books
Memoir/Religion & Spirituality
ISBN: 0446577812

Pope John Paul II offers readers a glimpse into his past, chronicling the years he spent as a bishop and an archbishop in Krakow, through his election as the first Polish Pope in 1978. He details everything from communist attempts to suppress the church in Poland, to his efforts to adopt a unique and open style of ministry. Through his personal memories, as well as his thoughts on world issues, he shares words of wisdom in this volume that will transcend the boundaries of organized religion and will appeal to people of any faith looking to strengthen their spirituality.

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THE WAY TO CHRIST: Spiritual Exercises
Pope John Paul II
HarperSanFrancisco
Religion & Spirituality
ISBN: 0060642165

In this spiritual study guide, Pope John Paul II shares with us his deep insight and counsel from early sermons given while he was still a cardinal. He addresses some of today's current spiritual issues: the dignity of human life, the necessity of spirituality, the need for a community that nurtures humanity, and the importance of relying on the transforming power of Christ. Steeped in Scripture, these intensely personal discourses offer guidance for Christians living in today's world.

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WITNESS TO HOPE: The Biography of Pope John Paul II
George Weigel
Perennial
Biography
ISBN: 0060732032

George Weigel presents a groundbreaking portrait of Pope John Paul II as both a man and a spiritual leader whose religious convictions have impacted the course of history. He provides new information about the role the Pope has played in monumental historical events, the Pope's struggles to build bridges to other religious communities, and the Pope's proposals for strengthening democratic societies in the 21st century. Also included in this volume are translations of his poetry, detailed personal anecdotes from those closest to him, and in-depth interviews with Catholic leaders throughout the world.

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   --- Compiled and written by Marisa Emralino