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Crossing the Threshold of Hope (1994)

by Pope John Paul II

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This is the first of JPII's books that I've read and it's a bit difficult to transition from Benedict XVI's lyrical books on Jesus to this short question and answer format book by his predecessor. That said, the book reveals a lot of insight on several issues-- notably his high regard for the fruits that Vatican II would eventually bear and which we are just starting to see. Given that he was writing this eighteen years ago (when things still looked pretty dim), it impresses me that he was so consistent that the Council was a necessary and valuable step in Catholic thought and the evolution of ecumenism. I wouldn't use this as an introduction to Catholic thought, however-- it's pretty philosophical at times and a bit much to spring on someone who isn't already acquainted with the basics of Catholicism. ( )
  marti.booker | Dec 2, 2013 |
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  saintmarysaccden | Oct 25, 2013 |
What a wondrous, beautiful book! Does not shy away from the tough, profound questions. And provides even more astonishingly profound answers.
I read this over the course of several months, and was richly rewarded with many opportunities to reconsider my own life and beliefs. If only to know the man who was vicar of the church through most of my lifetime, this book was truly revealing.
The title has direct link to the meaning behind Pope JP II's first proclamation as Pope, "Be not afraid!" ( )
  ricaustria | Apr 5, 2013 |
Each chapter centers around a question by an Italian journalist to the Pope about issues of faith and life. Some chapters are interesting, a bulk of them center around Catholic issues of the 80's and 90's, so it's a little out of date. Still, the chapters on the truth about God and the exclusivity of the Christian witness have great depth and get you thinking. These few chapters alone are worth the book if you can get it used or at the library. However, I wouldn't recommend purchasing a copy of this book. ( )
  devandecicco | Dec 28, 2009 |
Each chapter centers around a question by an Italian journalist to the Pope about issues of faith and life. Some chapters are interesting, a bulk of them center around Catholic issues of the 80's and 90's, so it's a little out of date. Still, the chapters on the truth about God and the exclusivity of the Christian witness have great depth and get you thinking. These few chapters alone are worth the book if you can get it used or at the library. However, I wouldn't recommend purchasing a copy of this book. ( )
  devandecicco | Dec 28, 2009 |
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"Despite Messori straining every nerve to help ... the Pope emerges as the master of the flat statement, the bland certainty."
 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679440585, Hardcover)

Fifteen years into his Papacy, and on the eve of the third millennium, Pope John Paul II goes to the heart of his personal beliefs and speaks with passion about the existence of God; about pain, suffering, and evil; about "salvation"; and about the relationship of Catholicism to other branches of the Christian faith. With the humility and generosity of spirit for which he is well known, John Paul speaks forthrightly to all people. (Religion--Roman Catholic)

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"A great international bestseller, the book in which, on the eve of the millennium, Pope John Paul II brings to an accessible level the profoundest theological concerns of our lives. He goes to the heart of his personal beliefs and speaks with passion about the existence of God; about the dignity of man; about pain, suffering, and evil; about eternal life and the meaning of salvation; about hope; about the relationship of Christianity to other faits and that of Catholicism to other branches of the Christian faith.With the humility and generosity of spirit for which he is known, John Paul II speaks directly and forthrightly to all people. His message: Be not afraid!"--Amazon.com.… (more)

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