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Catholic Review of: John Paul II: The Great Mercy Pope

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Author:  Rev. George W Kosicki, CSB

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This item received 3 stars overall. (04/10/2012)

Orthodoxy: Completely orthodox.
Reading Level: Advanced

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John Paul II: The Great Mercy Pope Beatification Edition“ by Fr. George Kosicki, CSB chronicles the message of Divine Mercy that the late Pope John Paul II was trying to share with the world during his life. The book includes excerpts from Blessed John Paul II’s beatification and many encyclicals and letters he wrote during his time as Pope and documents his great devotion to the Divine mercy Message and St Maria Faustina Kowalska. There are five parts to the book, each including several short chapters, making it a book that would be easy to read a little at a time (recommended). There are also many reprints of full documents written by Pope John Paul II located in the Appendix of the book. Lastly, there are 12 pages of photographs at the end of the book.
This book was not what I was expecting. I am a fairly new Catholic and I don’t know much about Blessed John Paul II. I was expecting this book to be more of a story of Blessed John Paul II’s life focusing on the Divine Mercy message. Instead, this book pulls out excerpts from writings and homilies and things that Blessed John Paul II said about Divine Mercy. It is full of information but I don't believe it was presented in the best way. There seems to be many occasions where the same information is presented again and again in different chapters. I believe this would be a wonderful book for someone who is already quite familiar with John Paul II’s life but is inappropriate for John Paul II newbies such as myself. I must also warn readers that this is a very complex book and I recommend that it be read over a long period of time.

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