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Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves

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A brand new biography, featuring never-before published stories.

A French novelist once wrote, "Tell me what you love, and I will tell you who you are." Although there are countless ways to study Saint John Paul the Great, the most direct route is by entering the man's heart.

Discover the five greatest loves of Saint John Paul II, through remarkable unpublished stories about
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published 2014 by Totus Tuus Press
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Jul 26, 2015 Katie rated it it was amazing
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Everyone should read this book. Not just every Catholic, not just every Catholic, every human.

There is SO much we can learn from Saint (!) John Paul the Great, that I somewhat expected this book to be but a brief introduction to this great man. And it was...but it was so much more. The book is split into 2 parts: the first part is a short biography of the saint where we get to know him a little bit more by the various names he was known as in life, and the second part then dives deeper into the
Jan 17, 2016 Joza rated it it was amazing
Some books are good, but others make you want to stop what you're doing and become a holy person. While reading this book, I just wanted to stop and pray. I wanted to say the rosary or go to Mass. I wanted to talk to God or Mary, and it left me feeling like I can be a better person.
Throughout the book, you get to see that John Paul II is very full of love. Of his many loves, Jason Evert keys young people, human love, The Blessed Sacrament, The Virgin Mary, and The Cross as his Five loves. I was
May 10, 2014 Ryan rated it it was amazing
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Not for a long time have I anticipated a book release like I did for this one. And it lived up to the expectations! Thanks to Jason's bulk pricing, I will be using tithing money to send out copies of this book far and wide. If you are a friend or family member of mine, look for it on your door stop soon. St. JP2, pray for us!
Jun 24, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it
This is an easy-to-read biography about select topics of Pope St. John Paul II's life. As a cradle-Catholic I'm always amazed at the lives of saints and the religious. This book allowed me to be amazed at both his spiritual life as well as his intellectual prowess. Pope St. John Paul II seemed to have a photographic memory, not for books/words, but for people and conversations. What an amazing gift to have in his life! Not just as a priest, but as the Pope and Cardinal before that. His ability ...more
One of the most inspiring and beautiful books I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I love Pope John Paul II and wish I could have known him better while he was still Pope (he passed away in 2005 when I was only 10). This book offered a wonderful insight into the early years of his life (how he lost his family early, how had to study in secret because of the Nazi oppression and later the Communist oppression, and how he found his vocation to priesthood), then focused on each of his five loves ...more
Oct 18, 2014 Mike rated it it was amazing
I'm speechless after reading this book! Saint John Paul the Great was truly a saint and truly great.

From his first breath to his last, he was different than all the rest of us. Forged in the furnace of affliction, he became one of God's most treasured gifts to mankind during the 20th century - and more than 4 years of the 21st century.

Reading this book is certainly a challenge to personal holiness and dedication to God and the Church. Pope John Paul II was great because he cultivated a great i
Ann Yeong
Apr 30, 2014 Ann Yeong rated it it was amazing
Inspiring. Moving. This book feels like a 'behind-the-scenes' special on the making of a saint - a privileged look at how God crafted His masterpiece in Pope Saint John Paul II. This book is itself wonderfully written - rich in sources, well-researched, and written in an eminently readable and personable style. Furthermore, not only is the book valuable as an insight into Saint JP II's life, it also provides invaluable insight into the kind of intimacy with God and deep interior life that all ...more
Aug 29, 2015 jenny rated it it was amazing
im 13 & i have three copies of this book at home from family members, one who is a brother of the catholic church. when i first read this book i became so interested about everything. this book is absolutely amazing. its detailed with information and i just love reading this book. i hope you'll love this book too if you read it.

this is book is definitely 10 out of 5 stars!!!
Joanna Crawford
Aug 01, 2014 Joanna Crawford rated it it was amazing
My love for my faith just grows and grows. He was and still is an amazing person to have in our corner. To have JPII love the way he loved is truly inspiring. My intercessory prayers through him will bear many fruits through Christ. He inspired me to do the Marian consecration, 33 days to morning glory. I highly recommend this book.
Colleen Rein
May 22, 2014 Colleen Rein rated it it was amazing
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This a great read! While Weigel's biography might be the go to book on Saint John Paul II, this book is a welcoming and beautiful look at the five things that shaped the saint. I really enjoyed reading it.
Mar 10, 2016 Cheenee rated it really liked it
A very, very inspiring book about Pope John Paul the great. The stories are organised by theme rather than merely chronological. Enjoyed reading it so much and would like to know more about Pope John Paul.
Jun 30, 2016 Jade rated it did not like it
While the life and work of Saint John Paul may be interesting, the book is far from it. Written by a fanatical author, the writing comes across as sycophantic, biased and effusive. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Nov 06, 2014 Shannon rated it liked it
I really loved the first half, which was basically a biography of his early life. The second half dragged at times and I felt like it could have been condensed, to feel a little less like homework.
Thomas Sheridan
Oct 21, 2016 Thomas Sheridan rated it really liked it
Easy to read and great meditations on how to live a Christ centered life. Parts brought me to tears and others brought me great joy. The book contained great reminders of what Christ loves and how we should share in that. Especially moving was the chapter on suffering, the cross.
Jul 10, 2014 Jean rated it it was amazing
Those of us who cherished Pope John Paul II knew that he was a great man, whom we not only admired, but loved. We knew that he was a saint and would one day be declared so officially by the Catholic Church. His successor wisely waived the five year waiting period for opening the cause for canonization, and just nine years after his death, on the feast of Divine Mercy in April 27, 2014, he was canonized.

In Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves, author Jason Evert tells us just who this great
Mary Alice
Oct 01, 2016 Mary Alice rated it it was amazing
A friend's mother gave me this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was just what I needed at this point. It provides good insight into what made JP2 tick and also shared some humorous and deeply touching stories regarding the Pope that are not common knowledge.
Ben Friedman
Dec 17, 2015 Ben Friedman rated it it was amazing
Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves by Jason Evert is a fantastic book that provides an examination of the values and morals that drove Saint John Paul II to perform the incredible feats that he did each and every day. Although the beginning portion of the novel provides a brief biography on the life and times of the Pope, the bulk of Evert’s work focuses on the Pope’s five “loves,” or the five things he felt the most passionate about: young people, human love, the Blessed Sacrament, the ...more
Elizabeth Krump
Sep 14, 2016 Elizabeth Krump rated it it was amazing
Easy to read, this wonderful biography adds flesh to the giant of a man (now Saint) Pope John Paul II. Get to know him from his boyhood right up until his last breath. Come to understand the very difficult circumstances he was up against throughout his life (during war and a hostile political climate in Poland) and how he drew strength from a deep devotion to Christ and Our Lady. What made JPII the Pope he was? What inspired him, made him laugh, how did he live, how did he think? While he was a ...more
Maria Ritchey
Feb 27, 2015 Maria Ritchey rated it it was amazing
"Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves" tells the epic tale of one of the twentieth century's most influential men. Jason Evert is a powerful and engaging writer who has the amazing ability to tell John Paul II's life story in a way that is both exciting and understandable. The book is divided into two sections. The first goes through the major events of John Paul's life. In this section, Jason Evert paints a vivid picture of this man and draws the reader into his world. His descriptions ...more
Luke Daghir
Sep 06, 2015 Luke Daghir rated it it was amazing
Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves is an extraordinary masterpiece by Jason Evert. Entering into the realm of JP2's life is inspiring, uplifting, and beyond engaging.

From a literary standpoint, the structure of the book is well thought out and the message is as clear as day. Beginning with Saint JP2's life and then entering into his five lives is a perfect literary structure for the reader to most greatly grasp the holiness of Saint JP2.

My favorite part of the book was the story in whic
Aug 14, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it
I was pretty satisfied with this book. It's hagiography, but it doesn't put the man completely out of reach. (Maybe my 25 year old self would disagree.) I don't really feel the need now to pick up a complete knockdown, drag-out biography like Weigel's. I like the organization the author chose a great deal: a brief biography, followed by the five thematic pieces. You could read the pieces in any order if you chose, if you want to enhance your commitment to something you already favor or try to ...more
Ben Daghir
The life of JPII is a life upon which every person in the 21st century can learn valuable lessons.

These valuable lessons include:

- perseverance through family challenges
- pursuing the truth despite of any difficulty
- laying one's life down for God...period
- the power of God and His ability to work through those that are open to the Call
- The human person's unique humor and talents that are enhanced through his/her relationship with God
- How the world yearns for Holiness
- How striving to understa
Dec 09, 2015 Cris rated it liked it
A good biography, rich in historical detail, short on JP's theology. It really made me admire the Polish people and their solidarity (pun intended) to the Church under communist cruelty as well as their faithful leader Karol Wotija. Underground seminaries and preaching in empty parking when no churches were permitted, the empty frame of the Virgin of Chestowcha consecrating Poland. Hurrah. It truly makes one feel that God had especially chosen John Paul, from his early days as a Carmelite ...more
I really enjoy and have read a number of books about Saint John Paul II, so I was interested in this one but had somehow formed the opinion that it was going to be sort of fluffy. I was totally wrong. This book is extremely well written and engaging. It clearly and eloquently explains the life and teachings of Pope John Paul II through the lens of five of his "loves." It also weaves in moving anecdotes from his close friends and collaborators, helping the reader really get to know this ...more
Oct 23, 2014 Nick rated it really liked it
A worthwhile read. Evert has put together a well-organized summary of St. JPII's life that is really inspiring. Anyone that wants to grow in virtue needs good examples to provide the imaginative substance to imitate; here, though Evert's writing is awkward at times, his admiration for the person about whom he writes more than makes up for what is lacking in style. You can't help but be carried away along with him in a desire to imitate such robust holiness that defies the typical "otherworldly" ...more
Aug 01, 2015 Tina rated it it was amazing
Because there are no mere coincidences in the plans of God, each member of the Church has been chosen for such a time as this. There is no need to fear Christ and his plan for each of us. We only need to trust in Divine Mercy and love what Saint John Paul loved, most especially young people, human love, the Most Blessed Sacrament, our Lady, and the cross.

As expected, I was in tears by the time I finished this book. St. John Paul the Great, thank you. And please always pray for us. :")

Let us go
Apr 24, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it
Really good book that goes through Pope John Paul II's life and focuses on the 5 things he loved the most in this world. I really enjoyed learning about his past. I only ever knew him/saw him as an old man so it is great to hear about his younger days. Something that gives me strength is to learn he worked in a chemical plant which I do as well. This book has encouraged me to grow in my faith and to attend World Youth Day in Poland this year.

I highly encourage this book for anyone, not just tho
Jun 17, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it
4+/5. Amazing man, so much that I never knew about him! Very difficult to comprehend the level of love and faith demonstrated by him since childhood thru years as a very active pope and through his later years of extreme disability in which he taught us to love thru our human sufferings. Many of the miracles he did were kept quiet at his insistence until after his death. Overcoming a life of loss, persecution by the Nazis, communists, Mafia and being the target of terrorists would have caused ...more
Jun 11, 2014 ladywallingford rated it really liked it
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I don't know why it took me so long to finish this book because I did quite enjoy reading it. Oddly enough, I didn't really become aware of Saint John Paul II (although yes, I knew he was the Pope) until I became Catholic. That was at the very end of his life and I really regret not having experienced more of his Pontificate while he was alive. I think this book is a must read for any Catholic.
Karen Rutigliano
Dec 30, 2014 Karen Rutigliano rated it really liked it
Amazing, St. John Paul the Great, an inspiration for all for all time! Even before I was Catholic, I felt drawn to him, but now that I've been in the Church for almost 20 years, I'm blown away by his example of love and sacrifice. While the book jumps around a bit (at least to me it did) I learned so much that I didn't know (such as all the other assassination attempts and miracles) and a great introduction to Theology of the Body.
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Jason Evert has spoken on five continents to more than one million people about the virtue of chastity.

Jason earned a master’s degree in Theology, and undergraduate degrees in Counseling and Theology, with a minor in Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is a frequent guest on radio programs throughout the country, and his television appearances include Fox News, MSNBC, the BBC,
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“The more ready you are to give yourselves to God and to others, the more you will discover the authentic meaning of life.” 2 likes
“As a biblical foundation, the scriptures state that the fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful (Jas 5:16), that everyone in heaven is righteous (Rev 21:27), that people in heaven pray for those on earth (Rev 5:8), that the mother of Jesus could be seen in heaven (Rev 12:1–5), and that her offspring were “those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus” (Rev 12:17). Furthermore, if Saint Paul could claim to be a spiritual father and declare that he was in labor pains for others until Christ be formed in them, how much more would this be true of Mary! None suffered with Christ more intimately than Mary, who was, in the words of John Paul, “crucified spiritually with her crucified son.” 1 likes
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