Book Review: Journal of a Soul

Journal of a Soul

From Book Description:

“No other pope of this century has aroused so much interest and universal affection throughout the world as has Pope John XXIII. Journal of a Soul is an inspiring reading experience that records this pope’s thoughts and traces his spiritual development from adolescence to the seminary to a career as a priest, a European papal diplomat, Patriarch of Venice, and finally Pope John XXIII.”

My Comments:

Ever since Pope John XXIII’s canonization in April, even before that actually, I’ve wanted to learn more about him. Therefore, I was excited when I had the opportunity to get a complimentary copy of a Journal of a Soul in exchange for a review through the Blogging for Books program. And, I am happy to say that I was not disappointed.

This beautifully written book will touch your spirit as you get a glimpse of the very soul of Pope John XXIII who convoked the Second Vatican Council. The book relates his life from childhood until his death in 1963. Being that much of the book is his personal journal, he is very candid about his struggles and victories, desires and longings for God and the Church. He shares his devotions and love for the Blessed Mother. But, you not only get a view of his deep spiritual life, you gain insights and challenges for your own spiritual life.

Besides his journal, the book contains many pictures and illustrations, four letters he had written, his spiritual testament, his apostolic letter on the rosary, and several prayers that he had written. On top of all that, there is an appendix to the book that includes, among other items, “Notes for a biography of Pope John Roncalli,” “The ‘Little Rules’ of ascetic life,” and various maxims.

I thoroughly enjoyed Journal of a Soul and highly recommend it. I give the book four (4) stars.


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