WASHINGTON (December 1, 2003) -- Reader's Digest, the world's largest-selling magazine, named John Paul II: A Light for the World one of the ten books it recommends for the holidays.
The recommendation appeared in the December issue of the magazine which reaches an estimated 100 million readers worldwide each month.
"John Paul II: A Light for the World showcases photographs of the Polish Pope's travels in the past 25 years, as he logged more than 700,000 miles ministering to his global flock," the magazine noted in an article titled "Great Books for the Holidays."
"Especially touching are the many pictures of the Holy Father joyfully interacting with children.
"Personal reminiscences from people whose lives he has changed, edited by Sister Mary Ann Walsh, fill out this portrait of a prayerful man who never seems to stop – or stop giving," the magazine noted.
John Paul II: A Light for the World was published by Sheed & Ward, in conjunction with the Untied States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In addition to being a photo documentary of John Paul II, the 256-page book includes a glossary of terms, brief summaries of the pope's major writings, and a chronology of events in his life. It also include several brief essays of aspects of his papacy, including his teachings on racism, sexual abuse of children, the family, women and the collapse of the Soviet Bloc.
Brief anecdotes from several people who have personally interacted with the pope also are included throughout the book.
John Paul II: A Light for the World is available at bookstores and on-line at amazon.com. Additional information and pictures from the book can be seen at www.popebook.com.