The Back of the Book (from Amazon): A thoughtful, accessible work on the beauty of love and the splendor of the body, inspired by Pope John Paul II.
Christianity has long been regarded as viewing the body as a threat to a person’s spiritual nature and of denying its sexual dimension. In 1979, Pope John Paul II departed from this traditional dichotomy and offered an integrated vision of the human body and soul. In a series of talks that came to be known as “the theology of the body,” he explained the divine meaning of human sexuality and why the body provides answers to fundamental questions about our lives.
In Called to Love, Carl Anderson, chairman of the world’s largest catholic service organization, and Fr. Jose Granados discuss the philosophical and religious significance of “the theology of the body” in language at once poetic and profound. As they explain, the body speaks of God, it reveals His goodness, and it also speaks of men and women and their vocation to love. Called to Love brings to life the tremendous gift John Paul II bestowed on humanity and gives readers a new understanding of the Christian way of love and how to embrace it fully in their lives.
NotJustLaura’s Review: I tried to read John Paul II’s Theology of the Body a few weeks ago. After failing to get beyond the first few sections I decided to try reading about it before plucking up the courage to try again. Having read Anderson and Granados’ book I’m a little more comfortable with it but not ready to plunge back in.
Called to Love is marketed as an accessible treatment of Theology of the Body. I can’t comment on the authors’ fidelity to John Paul II’s text and ideas but I would hesitate to call it ‘accessible’ as there were times I really struggled with it. The language used is generally clear enough but the concepts it deals with are difficult and I have to confess that some of it flew straight over my head. I would suggest that this is a book for scholarly rather than casual readers and I feel quite proud of myself for finishing it.