"Fifteen years into his Papacy, and on the eve of the third millennium, Pope John Paul II goes to the heart of his personal beliefs and speaks with passion about the existence of God; about pain, suffering, and evil; about 'salvation;' and about the relationship of Catholicism to other branches of the Christian faith. With the humility and generosity of spirit for which he is well known, John Paul speaks forthrightly to all people."
"On the eve of the new millennium, An Invitation to Joy brings together a selection of John Paul's messages with the most poignant photographs documenting his life both before and after his election to the papacy. For the first time, here is an illustrated devotional keepsake album that distills the essence of his message and shows the intimate connection between his words and his deeds. Three main sections -- The Human Family, The People of God, and The Dignity of the Human Person -- encompass the themes that are most important to the Pontiff. Resonant passages on subjects such as love and family, suffering and evil, freedom and human rights, other religions and the role of women are coupled with striking photographs. A fourth section, A Lifetime of Devotion, provides a portrait of the Pope's entire life in pictures... ."