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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Discover the five greatest loves of Saint John Paul II, through remarkable unpublished stories about
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Hardcover, 244 pages
Published 2014 by Totus Tuus Press
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Katie
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith, non-fiction
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
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Joza
Oct 26, 2015 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
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Ryan
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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!
Anne
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
Joaquin Mejia

Jason Evert wrote a wonderful and inspiring book about a very wonderful and inspiring man. Pope Saint John Paul II, who this book is about, was an amazing man who preached love, peace, hope, and courage all over the world. Saint John Paul II is the servant of Christ who most inspires me to follow Him. I am so impressed with the connection John Paul II has with everyone, especially the young. I get so inspired by how he bravely preached the teachings of the Catholic Church despite the widespread
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Anna
Jun 18, 2014 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 a ...more
Sydney (booksofkings)
Where to even begin? It's not a story, but yet it reads somewhat like a story. A story about one of the greatest Popes & Saints of our time. Pope Saint John Paul The Great (JP2). JP2 was so beloved and so holy during his life that just weeks after his death, the masses were already calling for his canonization to sainthood. Now typically, for those of you who don't know, the canonization process normally does not begin until at least 5 years after the person in question has passed on. But hi ...more
Mike
Apr 02, 2014 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
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Tirzah Eleora
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book about a great man! I found it both humbling and inspiring.

The first half of the book is a compact biography, while the second half describes his special love for five different things: young people, human love, the Eucharist, Mary and the Cross.

It's well written and engaging, and I would especially recommend it for teens and as an introductory biography of this spiritual giant.
Ann Yeong
Apr 29, 2014 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 Ch ...more
jenny
Aug 29, 2015 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 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 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: catholic
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.
Cheenee
Mar 10, 2016 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.
Jade
Jun 24, 2016 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.
Samantha Stock
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious, favorites
Very readable.. I felt like Jason Evert was just telling me a story the whole time I was reading this. So many little nuggets about St. JPII that I didn't know. He's just the best.
Shannon
Nov 04, 2014 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.
Aimee Glez
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: The Whole World
Recommended to Aimee by: RISE! Youth Conference at OLOP
Shelves: favorites, read-2018
Going into this book, I'm going to be honest, I didn't know much about JP2. I have heard many talks from Jason Evert and I think he's great. This book, along with a couple others, were given to me in a youth conference I went to a couple of years ago. I knew I was going to eventually read this book I just didn't pick it up immediately; and now, I don't know why I bothered waiting so much.
I truly got to know John Paul a lot better; almost personally. Jason Evert, along with the stories of the sai
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Avellina Balestri
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Pope John Paul II was the pope of my birth and childhood, and I had of course heard many good things about him, and had no doubt that he was a rather extraordinary individual. But I had always been rather wary of the "hype" surrounding him, and tended towards more obscure figures in Church history. It was only recently that I discovered that JPII was not just the pope who traveled across the globe and loved outdoor recreational activities but was also a profound mystic and a poet, delving deeply ...more
Emily Ahlin
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: catholic-books
For anyone who doesn't want to dive into George Weigel's biography on JPII, this is a perfect introduction into the life of this man, covering his humility and just how deep his faith in God goes. It was a great reminder for me that the path to holiness is paved through our prayer, and Jason Evert does a great job of describing how at every pivotal moment in his life John Paul could be found in prayer. Full of great anecdotes from the Saint's life, anyone interested in reading about him will not ...more
bookishbeauty387
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While there are quite a few biographies on this much-loved Pope, I was attracted to "Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves" because of its shorter length. Jason Evert records Pope JPII's life and his five special loves in a way that shows just how endearing and instrumental this Pope was (and is! :) to Catholics everywhere. I learned a lot of fun anecdotes about JPII'S papacy I had never heard before. Overall, a fantastic read for any Catholic and anyone wanting to know the life and living o ...more
Denise Curran
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a beautifully and, dare I say, dutifully written account of the life of Saint John Paul the Great. It is full of faith-filled nuggets so be prepared to receive grace and take notes. This book is wonderful for those curious about the Catholic papacy, the life of Pope John Paul II or for fallen-away Catholics who’ve come home.
Michelle
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, spirituality
Well-researched; awesome subject matter. But, I felt the content was a recycling of all the same St.JP2 stories you’re probably already familiar with. I also thought it veered way more into TOB catechesis than necessary in a book about St.JP2 and his Five Loves.

But if you know very little about this Saint, then you might enjoy this book.
Alexis Finnell
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to really understand what it means to deeply desire to become a saint. But then I read this book, and I was completely convicted of the love St. John Paul II has for Jesus (and his Mother). Reading about his life made me want to be better, pray better, live better - in such a hopeful way. Truly a beautiful book that I would read over and over and over again.
Jeffrey Moore
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
An excellent approach to understanding John Paul II. It is a biography, but a biography focused less on vital details and more on personal motivations. Leaves one with a feeling of thoroughly understanding the life and loves of the saint.
Ben Eastman
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A phenomenal biography, I really love the way that John Paul's life was told through his loves of young people or of Mary, to name 2 of the 5. It helped convey that his faith was truly at the center of his papacy.
Erik
Life-changing read. Shows tangible stories of a modern example of a saint in a leadership role, and how he navigated life.

Very well-written and researched too! Pacing was great and engaging, read the whole book in three sittings.
Karla J Huddlestun
In awe!

I could not put it down. Each page drew me closer to the heart of Christ. I learned so much about this holy soul.
Katy
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My hero! Full of history. Humility. Lessons for everyone found in this great book.
Alice
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Alice by: Ray
Shelves: book-club, favorites
Amazing book; amazing man. I'm humbled and inspired. Everyone should read this book. It has the power to change the hearts of mankind; and then, Oh, how God would smile :)
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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.” 3 likes
“The essential reason for choosing a person must be personal, not merely sexual. Life will determine the value of a choice and the value and true magnitude of love. It is put to the test most severely when the sensual and emotional reactions themselves grow weaker, and sexual values as such lose their effect. Nothing then remains except the value of the person, and the inner truth about the love of those connected comes to light. If their love is a true gift of self, so that they belong to the other, it will not only survive but grow stronger, and sink deeper roots. Whereas if it was never more than a sort of synchronization of sensual and emotional experiences it will lose its raison d’être [reason for existence] and the persons involved in it will suddenly find themselves in a vacuum. We must never forget that only when love between human beings is put to the test can its true value be seen.” 2 likes
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