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Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel (Catholic Social Doctrine - Papal Documents)

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Paperback, 221 pages
Published January 1st 2014 by Word Among Us Press (first published November 26th 2013)
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In Evangelii Gaudium or The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis continues to establish himself as a follower of Christ who defies easy categorization and thus manipulation by any known group either within or outside the established church. So far, Pope Francis seems very unconcerned with impressing anyone. Rather, he’s very determined—like his brown-robed, bare-footed name-sake—to get down to the business of rejoicing in ‘the Gospel, radiant with glory of Christ’s cross.’ (And yet as of today, Marc ...more
Feb 26, 2015 James rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ecumenism, theology
Like many outside of the Catholic faith, I am a great admirer of the current pope. Francis was elected upon Pope Benedict XVI’s retirement in 2013. When he chose the name Francis (after the 12th Century Franciscan founder) and wowed the world with his simple, generous lifestyle, many have seen fresh winds of change blowing in Rome. In terms of theology, he is not significantly different from his predecessors. He lacks Benedict’s keen theological acumen (no insult here, Ratzinger is brillant!); h ...more
Dec 27, 2013 Philip rated it it was amazing
This lengthy letter from Pope Francis is brilliant.

He calls for believers to be transformed by their encounters with Jesus and joyfully share their faith with others.

Francis urges us to draw closer to God through the sacraments, prayerful reading of Scripture, Eucharistic adoration and a dynamic relationship with Mary, our mother and model. He urges us to pursue a fruitful balance between prayer and missionary works. Don't worry, reading the letter is much more exciting and inspiring than readin
Apr 04, 2014 Peggy rated it it was amazing
Read as part of a Lent study group. Much has been written about Francis, and about this apostolic exhortation. Despite having followed the news and commentary, I was blown away by the actual document. It is much more radical, uncomfortable, uplifting, and agitating than I thought. It's also a good read - the writing is accessible but still requires something of the reader. How lovely to be spoken to by the Pope as if we were adults, capable of forming consciences. But how scary that we are so ve ...more
Dhanaraj Rajan
Jun 08, 2014 Dhanaraj Rajan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading this Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis.

The theme is quite obvious from the title itself - It is a Missiological statement.

The proclamation of Gospel in Today's world should begin with understanding of the present day context. And Pope does exactly that by beginning the document with the analysis of the contemporary society and the possible dangers that could be faced by the committed evangelizers.

This then is followed by the address of proclaiming the Good News. Here, he cle
Carmen Hartono
May 17, 2014 Carmen Hartono rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Rarely do I read a book from cover to cover while finding something totally new on each page. With this book, Pope Francis exemplifies the title, The Joy of the Good News. I found a refreshing new idea expressed in each new paragraph. I literally savored every page.

As I see it, Francis took the Catechism of the Catholic Church and brought it to life.

Chapter One can be seen as the Creed transformed from being the Heart of the Gospel into Our Mother Church on a Mission. In Chapter Two, Francis cha
Sarah Gutierrez
Nov 26, 2013 Sarah Gutierrez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

From the pope's letter, "Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel)": "It is impossible to persevere in a fervent evangelization unless we are convinced from personal experience that it is not the same thing to have known Jesus as not to have known him, not the same thing to walk with him as to walk blindly, not the same thing to hear his word as not to know it, and not the same thing to contemplate him, to worship him, to find our peace in him, as not to. It is not the same thing to try to build
This book, Pope Francis' first encyclical was a joy to read (pun intended). Francis reflects on the importance of the gospel of Jesus from numerous angles. I can't imagine a person reading this book and not being motivated to do something. As someone who is non-Catholic, I probably agreed with 95% of the stuff here. Highly recommended not just for Catholics, though all Catholics should read it, but for all Christians.
Aug 05, 2016 §-- rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

There is a lot to say about this, partly because of the narrative that the liberal media has decided to continue about the Holy Father. Trying to understand the Church or the Holy Father from outside the Church is doomed to failure ["“The mystery of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you. But to those outside everything comes in parables, so that they may look and see but not perceive, and hear and listen but not understand." Mark 4] It's also complicated because parts of it a
Fr. River
Feb. 25, "Harmony and Humility" And a Review of The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis

Mk. 9:30-37 St. Walburga

Being first nor last is not what is important. Sharing our gifts with humanity. Pope Francis writes a great book in his "Joy of the Gospel".

He calls us to: . Move outside the doors of the building and be in the streets; calls us to give of our goods so that all may have--he condemns an economy based on wealth; he calls us to be inclusive in our relationships with all religions and he cal
John Heyhoe-Griffiths
Jan 03, 2014 John Heyhoe-Griffiths rated it it was amazing
Let Pope Francis speak for himself: "I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and which then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures. If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living ...more
J.T. Therrien
Dec 27, 2013 J.T. Therrien rated it it was amazing
Compared to Pope Francis' first encyclical, the 25 page Lumen Fideii, this Apostolic Exhortation was much longer, coming in at 225 pages. But there are treasures to be found on every page!

In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis calls for a rebirth of the New Evangelization. He wants Catholics to take seriously their baptismal missionary promise to be apostles and to go out and proclaim the news that Christ died for us and that He is alive in our modern world.

Pope Francis explains the new direction fo
Daniel Clark
Feb 22, 2016 Daniel Clark rated it really liked it
Shelves: ministry
A very nice look at evangelism. The first and final chapters build a theological framework and the middle sections discuss the realities of evangelism including both the challenges and joys. What I really appreciated that Pope Francis was able to talk openely about the challenges of the day but was not overcome with fear as many do when they go on and on about how bad the world is. The Pope offers another way to look at it. Things are different and not necessarly bad. I wish in the middle sectio ...more
Dec 30, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it
The first apostolic exhortation from the new Pope. There has been much made of this document that has been taken way out of context. The Pope is calling for all Catholics to evangelize; to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to all people. In doing so the Pope challenges us to rethink the way we live our lives so that the way we live does as much to bring Christ to people as what we say. This includes how we perceive right economic order and the order of material goods. Too often, the Pope tells ...more
Apr 07, 2015 Meepspeeps rated it it was amazing
I am not a Roman Catholic, but I highly recommend this book to all who want to live out their faith in the world: a key point is that there really is no faith if there is not loving action in the world in the name of Jesus. There are so many amazing quotes to ponder, it's difficult to pick out just one, but here goes: "[Jesus] hopes that we will stop looking for those personal or communal niches which shelter us from the maelstrom of human misfortune and instead enter into the reality of other p ...more
May 14, 2014 Hilda rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this book! It made me even more grateful for such a wonderful man to be leading the Catholic church. Pope Francis touches on the pure joy that Christ meant for each of us to have within our lives.

If we would just follow this simple way of living there would be an overabundance of joy for every single man, woman, and child. God bless you Pope Francis I. May you continue to live the Joy of the Gospel and bring joy to the world! <3 :)
Ben Valentine
Jan 23, 2015 Ben Valentine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith
If you want to change the world and be challenged by a holy and authentic man, read this exhortation. As a Catholic, I now understand much more about how to share my faith in humility and joy with other people. Pope Francis got me pumping my fist and getting excited about bringIng the Gospel to others.
Apr 09, 2014 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an amazing book. It gives tremendous insight into who Pope Francis really is. Through his words we learn much more about him, his thinking, his motivation, and his direction than any book about him.

I would recommend it to any Christian, regardless of denomination, in addition to any former Catholic.
Mar 16, 2014 Elaine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual
Pope Francis is a spectacular person in his humility. He is easy to read. The first week of our discussion proved that. No one had trouble understanding what the Pope is about - love and compassion for all people.
James Schaap
Mar 29, 2014 James Schaap rated it it was amazing
I found this book interesting and inspiring, deeply inspiring--thoughtful about the world we live in and wise about the truth of the gospel's mandate. We're blessed to have this man around and in the position he's in--and I'm a Protestant, a Calvinist, no less. There's just so much grace here.
Mar 11, 2016 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read an apostolic exhortation but was given this book by my brother. I am so glad I read it as I found it not very difficult to read like I had expected. It was very informative and helped me learn more on my faith journey.
Emerson John Tiu Ng
Nov 25, 2015 Emerson John Tiu Ng rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pope-francis
..Apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis... this inspire me personally to share the Gospel to those people around me and to those who need to hear them...
Jon Cooper
Feb 20, 2014 Jon Cooper rated it it was amazing
As far as translations go, this is one of the best translated books I've ever read. In addition, the messages from Pope Francis are timely and challenging. Highly recommended reading.
Jul 10, 2014 Peggy rated it really liked it
Pope Francis gives me hope. A globalization of indifference has developed. It's not about being Catholic or Christian. It's about being human. Easy read, unlike other Papal writings.
Jan 15, 2014 Ce rated it really liked it
There are great lessons in this exhortation and even the promise of keep teaching with lots and lots of love.
John Laliberte
Jan 18, 2014 John Laliberte rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thology
One of the most down to earth, true expressions of the Gospel...
Well, you have to be living under a rock to have missed Pope Francis over the past year. He has taken the world by storm, and I am glad for it. Francis is humble, kind, warm, down to earth, thoughtful, and a bunch of other adjectives that I could think of. I love him. Everyone does. When you see Pope Francis in action, or hear stories about him, or see pictures of him doing things…he just makes you feel good, like someone finally gets this whole Jesus thing. I actually have a picture of him on m ...more
May 03, 2014 Kirsten rated it it was amazing

This encyclical focuses on evangelisation,“evangelisation aims at a process of growth which entails taking seriously each person and God’s plan for his or her life.”Further, the Pope highlights this through emphasising the most important commandment as being “that you love one another as I have loved you”(Jn 15:12).
He focuses on the social dimension of evangelisation. “The measure you give will be the measure you get back.”(Lk 6: 36-38).The gospel is about the Kingdom of God. The Pope proclaims
Grady McCallie
Nov 30, 2013 Grady McCallie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a non-dogmatic, mainline Protestant, I am not in the target audience for this apostolic exhortation. Nonetheless, I found it intellectually stimulating and emotionally moving, written (or translated into English) with direct phrases and a fluid style. In the exhortation, Pope Francis lays a comprehensive foundation for believers to engage in making our world a better place - personally, collectively, and politically - with an emphasis on the well being of the poor and the excluded. He builds ...more
Amanda (Orandi et Legendi)
I do not even know where to begin with this review. Evangelii Gaudium is Pope Francis’ first Apostolic Exhortation. This edition is a beautiful, smaller hardcover. It is a great size for carrying around in my purse which is where it can often be found.

This is a text I will be rereading multiple times in the future as it has so much in it. The premise of the text is the exhortation for all Christians to evangelization through joy. Through an encounter with Christ we are transformed and filled wit
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Pope Francis (Latin: Franciscus; Italian: Francesco; Spanish: Francisco; born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 17 December 1936) is the 266th and current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, a title he holds ex officio as Bishop of Rome, and Sovereign of the Vatican City. He chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the ...more
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