Theology of the Body for Beginners by Christopher West

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Christopher West provides a short and popular summary of St. John Paul II's revolutionary teaching of theology of the body.

For such a time as this have we been given St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body. Based on the words of Jesus, St. John Paul II's famous 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 dense scholarship can be intimidating for many. 

In his book, Theology of the Body Explained, Christopher West offered a more detailed, six-hundred-page commentary on St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body. Here, he provides a short and popular summary of the Pope's revolutionary teaching and answers such questions as: 
  • What is the meaning of lfie? 
  • Why did God create us male and female? 
  • Why is there evil in the world and how do we overcome sin? 
  • How do we attin true happiness on earth? 
  • What kind of joys await us in heaven? 
  • 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 bestseller. This newly revised and expanded edition is based on Dr. Michael Waldstein's much-improved translation of John Paul II's original text. 

New In This Edition: 
  • All quotations have been updated with the new translation. 
  • Key insights discovered through Dr. Waldstein's access to the St. 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. 
"Faithful to the letter and spirit of St. John Paul II, West continues to do vital work in making the Theology of the Body accessible and understandable to a broad audience. This book is a beautiful introduction to this sublime teaching." Dr. Michael Waldstein of Ava Maria University 

About the Author: 
Christopher West is recongized around the world for his work in teaching and promoting St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body. He serves officially as a research fellow and faculty member of the Theology of the Body Institute near Philadelphia. He is the best-selling author of several books and one of the most sought-after speakers in the Church today.