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Theology of the Body for Beginners (Revised Edition)

Theology of the Body for Beginners (Revised Edition)

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Broken families, abortion, AIDS, internet pornography, clergy abuse, homosexual 'marriage' - our Church and world is in the midst of a profound sexual crisis.

Is there a way out?


For such a time as this we have been given Pope John Paul II and his 'theology of the body.' Based on the words of Jesus, John Paul II's reflections on the body and sex take us to the root of the modern crisis and chart the path to an authentic sexual liberation. Yet the Pope's profound scholarship often intimidates the average person.

In his previous book, Theology of the Body Explained, Christopher West offered a more detailed, five-hundred-page commentary on John Paul II's theology of the body. Here, he provides a short and popular summary of the Pope's revolutionary teaching.

Theology of the Body for Beginners explores the profound interconnections between sex and the deepest questions of human existence, including:

  • What is the meaning of life?
  • Why did God create us male and female?
  • How do we attain true happiness on earth?
  • What kind of joys await us in heaven?
  • Why is there evil in the world and how do we overcome it?
  • How can we experience the love we long for in the depth of our hearts?

    The first edition of Theology of the Body for Beginners (2004) quickly became an international best-seller. This freshly revised and expanded edition is based on Dr. Michael Waldsteinís much improved translation of John Paul IIís catechesis.

    New for this edition:

  • All quotations have been updated with the new translation.
  • Key insights discovered through Dr. Waldstein's access to the John Paul II archives have been incorporated.
  • The outline of the text has been substantially reorganized to reflect the newly discovered outline of John Paul's original manuscript.
  • John Paul's "hidden" and previously untranslated addresses are summarized.

Dimensions & Specifications

  • ISBN: 9781934217856
  • Author: Christopher West
  • Format: Softcover
  • Pages: 174
  • Language: English

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Great Resource and Teaching Instrument

Review: I highlight sections and carry it around until the right person comes my way and I give it away...then I start again with a new copy of the book...I've given many away this way...Christopher West teaches what I cannot in my own words, so I am grateful for his books. Best Uses: Best wedding gift, Elementary and high schoo, Gift, Older Readers, Reference, Special Needs, Travel Reading, Useful in medical clinic, Younger Readers, Youth; Cons: New cover hard to recogni; Describe Yourself: Casual Reader; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Engaging characters, Impressive concise, Informative, Page-Turner, Well Written

Eye opening

Review: If you've never thought of the importance of chastity, read this book and you'll change your mind. Best Uses: Gift, Younger Readers; Describe Yourself: Everyday Reader; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Informative, Page-Turner, Well Written
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