John Paul II, the most charismatic religious leader of our time, is a man whose actions truly reflect his beliefs.
On the eve of the new millennium, "An Invitation of Joy" brings together a selection of John Paul's messages with the most poignant photographs documenting his life both before and after his election to the papacy. For the first time, here is an illustrated devotional keepsake album that distills the essence of his message and shows the intimate connection between his words and his deeds.
Three main sections -- The Human Family, The People of God, and The Dignity of the Human Person -- encompass the themes that are most important to the Pontiff. Resonant passages on subjects such as love and family, suffering and evil, freedom and human rights, other religions and the role of women are coupled with striking photographs. A fourth section, A Lifetimes of Devotion, provides a portrait of the Pope's entire life in pictures -- from his early childhood to his current activities in the Vatican.
Reflecting the Pope's all-embracing outreach to people around the world, "An Invitation to Joy" will inspire both those inside and outside the Catholic Church.