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4.8 out of 5 stars
Man and Woman He Created Them
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on 23 May 2017
Funny how you buy a book to understand God's proper ordering for marital relationships and what I have found is far more expansive . A greater appreciation for every human being .Trust God .People are not tools to be used , but valuable in their own right. This book has overturned so many misconceptions I have absorbed . No, this book is not easy to read . Some days I manage a page or a paragraph but I would rather a hard correct book rather than an easy commentary from the viewpoint of another who is not the author..
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on 30 October 2016
A phenomenal work of theology relating to the most fundamental aspect of humanity - marriage and the relationship between man and woman. The book comes with a fantastic introduction which breaks the entirety of the wealth of the theology of the body into an easy-flowing and understandable narrative before providing the reader with the full text of the papal work. This contribution of John Paul II to not just treasury of the theology of the Church as a whole, but also to civilisation in general, is sadly underestimated and underappreciated. Absolutely recommend this to anyone interested in the topic - utterly revolutionary and profound.
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on 28 September 2017
Great scholarly translation that provides the reader with close access to the texts of the papal audiences. The introduction is extensive and the references and bibliography at the back are invaluable to kick start research into JPII's TOTB. (I'm using this for my undergraduate dissertation in Theology). It is a big work and takes considerable time to digest and work though though, so don't expect beach time reading all the time from this work!
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on 27 November 2015
an excellent book. The introduction from Michael Waldstein is brillant, very rich. It helps to enter in the Theology of the body, how St John Paul the second organised it, thought of it. Also the structure of the book is amazing, really helpfull
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on 27 October 2017
This is a teaching which people hardly ever have an opportunity to hear. An honourable alternative to the moral codes of the modern age or lack thereof. A life-changing read.
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on 26 June 2015
Wonderful text, great message, bring it to the world!
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on 22 May 2014
His contribution really shows the breadth and length and height and depth of a meditation on the body for the human person
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on 13 November 2014
Well packed and delivered promptly.
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on 16 February 2018
If there was a debate about the significance of Marriage and the sanctity of sex, then St Pope John Paul II won it hands down 37 years ago, scarce two decades after the sexual revolution reared its ugly head. It would of course be too much for the leaders of that movement to be expected to read through its glorious and tender prose, and this victory to them, will be lost, it seems.

This truly is a wonderful and lovely book, one of a kind in the history of humanity, and the maturation of thought of 2000 years of Christianity. In it you will meet the incredible and beautiful and tender intellect of our dear saint-pope, Pope John Paul II.

What on earth is a “sexual revolution” anyway! Was sex ever meant to be a weapon of war, or a philosophy that won minds, or an art that won hearts? If it was, then St PJPII wins them all! The right use of sex wins the battle against darkness, is God’s plan which is pleasing to contemplate, and gives life that is beautiful to behold.

But sex is not a thing in isolation, rather it is a human physical action. It is like saying the “Pilates Revolution” referring to the increased popularity of its use. It says nothing of any increase in the happiness of man, except a vague presumption that men are happier when they are spending their time usefully, doing Pilates.

So tell me again what exactly did the “sexual revolution” win apart from sex? What I mean to say is that if a thing called sex was fighting a war, then it certainly won, but humans reaped no benefit from it, and like fire, it turned out a cruel master indeed. The evidence is all around you.

St PJPII, Deo gratias, ora pro nobis.
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on 5 June 2011
Theology of the Body is one of the greatest legacies Blessed John Paul II could have left the Catholic Church. By going back to Scripture, including the creation of man and woman, but also through the Gospels, John Paul II weaves a beautiful tapestry of life, love, sex and the real meaning of the body that reveals much about God's plan for humanity. This is a theological masterpiece.

However, for those not theologically minded, it's worth noting that it's not light reading. If you're new to Theology of the Body, and especially if you're new to theology, Christopher West is an incredible author who has has written works that make Theology of the Body easier to understand - like Theology of the Body Explained: A Commentary on John Paul II's 'Gospel of the Body', which is a very large book that you can read as a companion to Theology of the Body, or Theology of the Body for Beginners: A Basic Introduction to Pope John Paul II's Sexual Revolution, which is an excellent book for people who want to find out what this amazing topic is all about.

But if you do like a challenge, it's an incredible read and well worth the density!
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