Crossing the Threshold of Hope

by Pope Saint John Paul II

Other authorsVittorio Messori (Editor)
Hardcover, 1994

Barcode

486

Call number

230.2 JPII

Status

Available

Call number

230.2 JPII

Pages

244

Description

15 years into his papacy, and on the eve of a new millennium, John Paul II brings to an accessible level the great theological questions of our lives. He goes to the heart of his personal beliefs and speaks with passion about the existence of God; about the dignity of man; about pain, suffering and evil; about eternal life and the meaning of salvation; about hope; and about the relationship of Christianity to other faiths and that of Catholicism to other branches of the Christian faith. The book is also available on casette and CD, and all royalties go to charities chosen by the Pope.

Publication

Alfred A. Knopf (1994), Edition: 1st, 244 pages

Original publication date

1994

ISBN

0679440585 / 9780679440581

Collection

Rating

(122 ratings; 3.9)

User reviews

LibraryThing member SunChildLiz
John Paul II - without a doubt one of the most important figures of the 20th century. I'm still working my way through this masterpiece. He is an immensely intelligent, holy man with such passion for Catholicism, for life, and for youth! I feel invigorated while reading this - like I'm soaking up his wisdom and love for the truth.… (more)
LibraryThing member devandecicco
Each chapter centers around a question by an Italian journalist to the Pope about issues of faith and life. Some chapters are interesting, a bulk of them center around Catholic issues of the 80's and 90's, so it's a little out of date. Still, the chapters on the truth about God and the exclusivity of the Christian witness have great depth and get you thinking. These few chapters alone are worth the book if you can get it used or at the library. However, I wouldn't recommend purchasing a copy of this book.… (more)
LibraryThing member burlev
I put this down years ago and I'm still on page 144. Nevertheless it is an outstanding book. I loved the chapter, "Is there really hope in the young?" Where Pope John Paul II discusses his discovery of the fundamental importance of youth. "What is youth? Is is not only a period of life that corresponds to a certain number of years, it is also a time given by Providence to every person and given to him as a responsibility. During that time he searches, like the young man in the Gospel, for answers to basic questions; he searches not only for themeaning of life but also for a concrete way to go about living his life. This is the most fundamental characteristic of youth. Every mentor, beginning with parents, let alone eveyr pastor, must be aware of this characteristic and must know how to identify it in every boy and girl. I will say more: He must love this fundamental aspect of youth.… (more)
LibraryThing member temsmail
Worth reading for Protestants that want to begin to understand the thinking of JPII and late 20th Century, post Vatican II, Roman Catholic theology.
LibraryThing member devandecicco
Each chapter centers around a question by an Italian journalist to the Pope about issues of faith and life. Some chapters are interesting, a bulk of them center around Catholic issues of the 80's and 90's, so it's a little out of date. Still, the chapters on the truth about God and the exclusivity of the Christian witness have great depth and get you thinking. These few chapters alone are worth the book if you can get it used or at the library. However, I wouldn't recommend purchasing a copy of this book.… (more)
LibraryThing member keylawk
Pope John Paul presents his ideas about faith. He is curiously silent about having any communication whatsoever with "God", an actual divine being. He is convicted by the tradition, and thinks the promise of eternal life gives us "hope". Admits that the Church is changing in the face of discoveries of document from out of almost all previous ages of the Church, which offer proof that the Church has changed over time.… (more)
LibraryThing member StFrancisofAssisi
A great international bestseller, the book in which, on the eve of the millennium, Pope John Paul II brings to an accessible level the great theological concerns of our lives. He goes to the heart of his personal beliefs and speaks with passion about the existence of God; about the dignity of man; about pain, suffering, and evil; about eternal life and the meaning of salvation; about hope; about the relationship of Christianity to other faiths and of Catholicism to other branches of the Christian faith.

With the humility and generosity of spirit for which he is known, John Paul II speaks directly and forthrightly to all people.
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LibraryThing member ricaustria
What a wondrous, beautiful book! Does not shy away from the tough, profound questions. And provides even more astonishingly profound answers.
I read this over the course of several months, and was richly rewarded with many opportunities to reconsider my own life and beliefs. If only to know the man who was vicar of the church through most of my lifetime, this book was truly revealing.
The title has direct link to the meaning behind Pope JP II's first proclamation as Pope, "Be not afraid!"
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LibraryThing member marti.booker
This is the first of JPII's books that I've read and it's a bit difficult to transition from Benedict XVI's lyrical books on Jesus to this short question and answer format book by his predecessor. That said, the book reveals a lot of insight on several issues-- notably his high regard for the fruits that Vatican II would eventually bear and which we are just starting to see. Given that he was writing this eighteen years ago (when things still looked pretty dim), it impresses me that he was so consistent that the Council was a necessary and valuable step in Catholic thought and the evolution of ecumenism. I wouldn't use this as an introduction to Catholic thought, however-- it's pretty philosophical at times and a bit much to spring on someone who isn't already acquainted with the basics of Catholicism.… (more)

Media reviews

"Despite Messori straining every nerve to help ... the Pope emerges as the master of the flat statement, the bland certainty."

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