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Pope John Paul II: An Intimate Life: The Pope I Knew So Well
This behind-the-scenes perspective offers a unique opportunity to experience Pope John Paul II's character and reign, as well as a look at the inner workings of the Vatican. French journalist Caroline Pigozzi discovered a man both awe-inspiring and surprisingly warm and generous. Passionately prayerful and unimpressed by pomp and celebrity, John Paul II was the most-travel ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 10th 2008 by FaithWords
(first published 2008)
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This is a fascinating book about the Papacy, but I don't think it lived up to its subtitle "The Pope I Knew So Well". I was expecting a book that told me about who John Paul II was, what made him tick, what he liked, what he didn't like, what kind of jokes he told, or laughed at. Since the subtiled said the author knew him well, I expected stories he told her, advice he gave her, snippets of conversation between them or copies of letters. In short, I thought that I would have a better feel for w ...more
I thought this book was wonderful because i never learned so much about the Vatican in one chapter. I really admired how the author captured every moment whether it was a minute or an hour with John Paul II. I also liked how she wasn't afraid to show her opinion on every confrontation which she under went in this book.
This book clearly was not for me. I was going for more of a historical work on the Pope; his past, politics, habits, & interactions in the context of The Church & world at large. Rather, the book read like an entertainment piece & I found it impossible to stay focused as the writer jumped from trivial details to important topics; the white calfskin journal kept near the black leather journal & the fact the Pope wouldn't eat spaghetti in public (but in private he would use a large ...more
The premise of the book is fascinating: A French woman journalist manages to break into the inner sanctum of the Vatican to see what the day-to-day life of the "People's Pope" is like. At times a bit long on minutiae, she nevertheless manages to capture the personality and presence of one of the most beloved religious leaders of all time.