The Universal Father: A Life of John Paul II

The Universal Father A Life of John Paul II Pope John Paul II will go down in history not only as the third longest serving pope but possibly the most politically influential of all popes and antipopes since St Peter Born in Poland in

  • Title: The Universal Father: A Life of John Paul II
  • Author: Garry O'Connor
  • ISBN: 9781596910966
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pope John Paul II will go down in history not only as the third longest serving pope, but possibly the most politically influential of all 305 popes and antipopes since St Peter.Born in Poland in 1920, Karol Wojtyla s early life was filled with intense love and intense loss he was eight when his mother died, twelve when his older brother died of scarlet fever, and twentyPope John Paul II will go down in history not only as the third longest serving pope, but possibly the most politically influential of all 305 popes and antipopes since St Peter.Born in Poland in 1920, Karol Wojtyla s early life was filled with intense love and intense loss he was eight when his mother died, twelve when his older brother died of scarlet fever, and twenty when his severe but loving father died during the Nazi occupation An avid soccer player and skier, a gifted poet, playwright and actor, by 1944, after a near fatal accident, Wojtyla was studying for the priesthood in secret.Garry O Connor, an accomplished biographer of the likes of Sir Alec Guinness, Ralph Richardson and William Shakespeare has spent the last five years writing and researching this book Unlike the competition, this book details not only Wojtyla s life before he became pope, his friendships with men and with women, his nationalism, his early years as a priest in rural Poland and his travels to Rome, but it also explores the pope s own poems, plays, and philosophical works to find clues to what makes him tick.

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    • This is a secular book. It presents Pope John Paul II in an unbiased light which I really appreciate. I do not like biographies tailored to one point of view, especially when the author can write nothing but negative things about the person. With that said, I really enjoyed learning more about the life of Pope John Paul II and was really surprised by some of the things that I learned from this book. It is dated (published right before he died) but that did not detract from it in my opinion. Howe [...]


    • It's so, so difficult to get hold of good material about religious figures, because almost inevitably the work will be overly sympathetic or overly critical. Universal Father isn't the best biography the English language has ever produced, but I'm quite sure it's the best one of John Paul II, and I'm confident saying so even not having read more than a few pages of any other because O'Connor successfully straddles those extremes. The first half, before Karol Wojtyla became Pope, is especially th [...]



    • Covered a lot, without being 1000 pages long. Had a few errors in doctrinal statements, and didn't mention Theology of the Body at all. Reasonably unbiased for someone who clearly admires the pope.


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