Posted by: irenesroth | August 14, 2013

A Book Review for Booksneeze

41-0iUkQDqL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU15_[1]Francis:  Man of Prayer
By Mario Escobar

Ever since the Election of our new Pontiff, Pope Francis, from Buenos Ares, the world has been transfixed by him. This biography written by Mario Escobar dispels a lot of questions we all have and gives a lot of information about the new Pontiff. The reader will be glued to the pages and won’t be able to stop reading the book until it is completed.

Pope Francis is a humble and somewhat shy man. He comes from very humble beginnings. When he was a young man, he was studious and serious. He was a GREAT student. His life was peaceful and simple. At age 21, he entered the seminary. However, his life was not easy. At around the same age, he got very ill, and he learned the value of suffering. When we suffer, Pope Francis believes that we get closer to God. Many of the physical limitations that Pope Francis started with when he was young sadly stayed with him for the rest of his life. Pope Francis believes that the way we deal with pain can make us very virtuous.

Pope Francis’s style is simple and unpretentious as we saw when he first stepped onto the balcony after being announced as new Pope. He is straightforward and opposed to pomp. Even when he was Archbishop, his vision didn’t change. He still took public transportation and was very accessible to the general public. He dresses simply and he believes in the power of prayer.

We are all in for a surprise with Pope Francis. He is like a breath of fresh air. Even the curia in Rome seems to be revitalized. And who knew that we would have a Pope who would be easily accessible on Twitter and Facebook? I never dreamt of that and it is like a dream come true for me.

God does work in mysterious ways and for me to have the honour and privilege to have such a wonderful humble Pope who is an example of how we should all try to live during my lifetime is Divine indeed!

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

I received this book from Thomas Nelson’s through, book reviewers program. The views in this book review are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16CFR, Part 255.


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