Pope Francis To Go: Bite-Sized Morsels from The Joy of the Gospel
Christopher West, best-selling author, speaker, and teacher, offers the first in-depth look into the teachings of Pope Francis through the lens of St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body!
Since the moment the new pope took the name Francis and stepped out on the loggia at St. Peter’s Basilica in 2013, something new, something fresh seemed to be unfolding. The Pope—who wears old brown shoes, forfeited the papal apartment, prefers to be driving in an economy car, gives off-the-cuff interviews, makes random personal phone calls to unsuspecting “commoners,” and emphasizes incessantly his desire for a Church that is “poor” and “for the poor”—has certainly made an impression on the world stage.
But has the world, or the Church for that matter, taken the time to ponder in its heart what Francis actually has to say? We’ve heard the sound bites in the headlines and on the evening news, but have we gotten beyond the spin and gone to the source?
Christopher West reflects on 150 quotes from Pope Francis’s landmark apostolic exhortation The Joy of the Gospel. Through the lens of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, West share the joy, points to the beauty and invites everyone to the delicious banquet he has found in Pope Francis’s teachings.
Praise for Pope Francis To Go:
“The world is thirsting for the gospel. Unfortunately, in recent times, the mainstream media has been polluting the streams of water that have been flowing out of Rome. As a result, countless Catholics read the words of Pope Francis only after his message has been garbled and misinterpreted. Thanks to Christopher West’s new book, Pope Francis to Go, we can draw deeply from the well of the great heart of Pope Francis. Christopher’s prayerful and powerful commentary on The Joy of the Gospel offers practical insights on not only how to share the good news, but more importantly, how to live it.”
–Jason Evert, Author, Speaker, Cofounder of The Chastity Project
“What does Pope Francis’s Joy of the Gospel have to do with the Theology of the Body for which Christopher West is known? Everything. As evangelizers, we can’t be answering questions no one is asking. But everyone is asking how they can fulfill their desires, find love, be happy, be fulfilled. Pope Francis’s teaching dovetails exactly with the Theology of the Body, as Christopher West masterfully demonstrates.”
–Sister Helena Burns, FSP, Author, Filmmaker, Theology of the Body Presenter
“Christopher West shows how Pope Francis, with his own unique style, speaks in continuity with the great insights of St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, shining new light on how to communicate hard gospel truths in today’s cultural climate. This is a must-read for anyone working in the New Evangelization!”
–Dr. Gregory Popcak, Executive Director, Pastoral Solutions Institute, Author of Broken Gods: Hope, Healing, and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart
“Once again, Christopher West delivers a wonderful ‘sampler’ of papal thoughts for believers to easily access and chew over even in the midst of the busyness of daily life. Whoever takes pause and even for five minutes allows themselves time to daily ponder these gems of Pope Francis will be richly rewarded. The Joy of the Gospel, concentrated so powerfully in this little book, will bring new strength and hope!”
–Bill Donaghy, Curriculum Specialist, Instructor, Speaker, Theology of the Body Institute