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Pope John XXIII: A Life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    A Great book on the Catholic Church

    This is Cahill's best book. It desribes very clearly the history of the Church, which all of us should know. I could not recommend it more highly!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2006

    Remarkable Overview

    This succinct account of 'the good Pope' John XXIII offers an insightful appreciation of the late pontiff's significance by providing a remarkable overview of the history of the Roman Catholic Church from its earliest beginnings up to the 1960s. The author, himself a Catholic, explores that history with grace, wit, and a very critical mind. The intelligent reader, then, gets far more than what the title of the book seems to promise. At the same time, Pope John XXIII's wonderfully warm pesonality and his relevance for today shine through. One can only hope that a paperback edition of this volume will be published and made more widely available.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2010

    Open the windows-prophetic

    Dr. Cahill takes a fresh approach to the life of one of the bishop of Rome's greatest Christians to ever serve in this ministry. The refreshing humanity, historical or spiritual development and openness of "Joseph, your brother" touches the soul, intellect and will to be a faithful and gentle Christian. Cahill's reflective historical review of the bishop of Rome is painful at times but true. Those who know, cry; those who don't know condemn the facts. Enjoy the personal encounter with the bishop of Rome of the last century.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2002

    Second Rate

    I've read several biographies of John XXIII and this one was very poorly written. The book was 240 pages long and only begins to discuss the life of John on page 73. It gave me the impression that Mr. Cahill got paid by the word. There are no footnotes and many of the 'facts' have an editorial spin that can be misleading. In the credits, Mt Cahill recognizes Peter Hebblewaite's 'Pope John XXII'. I'd recommend that anyone interested in the life of John XXIII read that book. This one is awful and overpriced.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2002

    This book reminds me of what Jesus was about.

    Thanks to CSpan, I saw Thomas Cahill and the discussion of his book. Bought it, loved it. No scholar, I have not read all the books about the Catholic Church. AS a boy I attended Catholic boarding schools. The nuns were kind, my one year with Jesuits I found them cold. There was an implied anitSemitism and other religions were dismissed. Politics was right wing. Certainly I saw no sex abuse, but neither did I see true carig & understanding. This book may be brief, but it was informative for me as to the early history. The writer does not claim this is a 'biography' as a scholar might do in ten years and ten thousand words. But we do learn about the church bfore and after. The writer is loving about the man: Angeo Giuseppe Roncalli--dob Nov 25, l881. We learn that he was truly religious, and humble. He was a humanst in an era of fascism and latter day cold war dogma. Those who elected him Pope expected him to go along with the bureaucrats in the Vatican. He did not. One should read the book for an idea of what has been lost since his death after only a few years of grand progress-- He became Pope in the Fall of 1958 at the age of 76. He died in Spring 1963, not long before his 'Pacem in terris' was publishd. How sad that his words are all but forgotten. The writer tells a story that I had not heard-- of this Pope's intrvention between our President John Kennedy and Kruchef when the missle crisis threatened the world. This book restored my faith--not in the Church of today, but in the faith of

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