I enjoyed that there were such fascinating details about conversations Pope John Paul II had with people closest to him alongside a rather dramatic conversion that took place in the author as she went from having the attitude of a powerful, self-important journalist to a humble woman of faith awed by the holiness and humility of such an influential man.
The imagery is quite vivid, which I appreciate because it gave the book a literary feel. The quotes and anecdotes blended in a journalistic flavor. The conversion story of the author brought in the emotional appeal which I believe many readers will be able to identify with on some level. There are certainly times in each of our lives when we’re going about our jobs, self-absorbed, and thinking we have our priorities straight when a person or a situation changes our outlook on everything.
John Paul the Great made an impact on many. Noonan couldn’t help but come to admire the holiness, love, and gentleness of a man she originally saw more as another high-profile person to interview.
There are no heavy theological debates or theories discussed in this work. In many ways, it reads like a good novel because of the tone, personal story, anecdotes, and Noonan’s writing style. I’ve found this to be one of the best books to get a feel of what it would have been like to hang out with John Paul the Great, take a walk with him in a garden, talk with him about poetry, or hear him joking with friends.
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