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The Place Within: The Poetry of Pope John Paul II

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The lyrical poetry of Pope John Paul II, available in paperback for the first time, to coincide with the papal visit to the U.S. this fall. In 1982, Random House released the Pope's Collected Poems; now Random House issues this volume in trade paperback, retitled The Place Within.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 25th 1994 by Random House
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booklady
Sep 15, 2008 booklady rated it it was amazing
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A collection of poetry worth owning, worth setting next to your Bible or in your prayer corner. The poetry reads more like reflections, wisps of impression. Many of the selections are short and can be tied to specific Scripture stories/people such as: Jacob; The Samaritan Woman; The Samaritan Woman Meditates; Simon of Cyrene; Her Amazement at Her Only Child; John Beseeches Her; First Moment of the Glorified Body; Magdalene, etc. Others are tied to places in the Holy Land or experiences of conver ...more
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Sep 05, 2011 Liz rated it really liked it
Sometimes reading poetry feels like snooping in a private journal. This loosely organized collection, penned by the complex and influential beatified Pope John Paul II, is not to be missed. Though it is deeply religious, it also has beautiful and sensuous landscape descriptions, glimpses into Karol Wojtyla's innermost thoughts and impressions, vivid portraits of war-torn Poland, and meditations on God, humanity, life and death. It is both abstract and pinpoint specific and vivid. This collection ...more
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Jul 28, 2008 Andrea added it
Religion aside, I've always been drawn to Pope John Paul II. His poetry is creative and very expressive. I bought this book for my dad cuz he really liked this Pope, but I ended up reading it as well.
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Jun 16, 2013 Nancy rated it it was amazing
one of the Totus Tuus team members we took out to dinner last weekend showed me this and asked if I had read it. Yes, I have! I love the poetry of John Paul II and I am tagging it here so I can go through it again this week and share with her my favorite two or three from this collection.
John
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PPE 5/28/08
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Aug 07, 2007 Talia rated it liked it
I'm not big into poetry, and this may even be really horrible as far as poetry goes, but I like picking this up every once in awhile and reading a poem or two!
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Shelves: poetry, christianity
An uneven collection; some quite good; some that really struck me, others that left little impact. Makes good devotional reading.
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Saint Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus II), born Karol Józef Wojtyła was elected Pope at the Conclave of 16 October 1978, and he took the name of John Paul II. On 22 October, the Lord's Day, he solemnly inaugurated his Petrine ministry as the 263rd successor to the Apostle. His pontificate, one of the longest in the history of the Church, lasted nearly 27 years.

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