The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium

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The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) is the long-awaited teaching of Pope Francis on the proclamation of the Gospel. Pope Francis is calling upon the Church and the world with encouragement to begin a new chapter in evangelization. This dynamic document is written in the plain, everyday language for which the pope has become famous.

Product Details

  • Series: Publication / United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; F Second Printing Used edition (December 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601374585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601374585
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces

Customer Reviews

A Protestant’s View of Francis’ Exhortation

305 people found this helpful.
 on December 15, 2013
By RobertinHouston
I am an evangelical protestant but it is my fervent hope that this “exhortation” will be widely read across the community of Christ throughout the world. The Bishop of Rome has written a powerful call to all Christians reminding us of our common mission and our common faith. He has called upon us to embrace that mission with joy, passion, and love for all. Following in the tradition of John Chrysostom, Francis’ exhortation is overflowing with a deep and abiding concern for the marginalized while revealing that both the political right and left have embraced two varieties of the identical sin: idolatry of self.


140 people found this helpful.
 on December 13, 2013
By Robert Steven Thomas
I am not Catholic. All the same, I cannot deny this new Pope has been very dynamic and refreshingly unique. I respect his persona, humility and the open, friendly demeanor he has demonstrated to the peoples of all nations. This is an interesting new book and is written very skillfully. It avoids much of the overly-pious rhetoric which frequently accompanies many theological books. Actually, most of the content is non-denominational and deals with common sense, logic and the simple kind of morality all humans should make a concerted effort to practice, no matter your religious preference. It carries a universal message of hope and respect which all humanity can benefit from. Even atheists can learn from this work if they would simply open their mind to the common sense of the book’s valuable lessons.

Exceeds Expectations.

79 people found this helpful.
 on January 11, 2014
By Elizabeth B. Morriosn
This book really does exceed my expectations, maybe because it is so easy to read and it seems to be written from the Holy Father’s heart and experience. The format, numbered and delineated paragraphs, makes this perfect for mediation reflections during evening prayer time. And’ no’ I am not a religious, I am a 79 year old widow, loving hearing from the Holy Father on a personal level.

Beautiul Wisdom

44 people found this helpful.
 on January 3, 2014
By JSB Morse
With so much hubub centered around the comments the Holy Father wrote about “trickle-down” economics in Evangelii Gaudium, the entire population, including Catholics, have ignored some excellent points from the exhortation. In Section II, Pope Francis explains that, “Every authentic experience of truth and goodness seeks by its very nature to grow within us, and any person who has experienced a profound liberation becomes more sensitive to the needs of others.” This is a beautiful truth that can be shared across the religious spectrum and is no doubt why this pope in particular is gaining so many admirers from the non-Catholic Christians brethren and even the non-religious.

Evangelii Gaudium

24 people found this helpful.
 on January 12, 2014
By John Sloan
Reports in typical media are distorted by focus on a few ideas. The total work is excellent as a urge to Catholics to get out and get busy spreading the faith – quite a few excellent specific points of advice on how to do it.

Compassion on a platter: infectious joy

16 people found this helpful.
 on January 18, 2014
By Andrew
Jesus’ message was about compassion, of course among other concepts. Pope Francis was asked to write this exhortation and he accepted the challenge “joyfully”.

Theologically rich and culturally relevant

18 people found this helpful.
 on December 25, 2013
By Corey
I have to echo what another reviewer said: “I found it intellectually stimulating and emotionally moving.” This book is a great piece of work. It is very well written, theologically rich, and culturally relevant. It is basically a systematic theology that is interlaced with piercing cultural commentary and a concern for others that is clearly genuine. I was probably more impressed than some given my prejudice toward high church officials that they tend to live under a rock. Pope Francis nails his diagnosis of what is ailing the world, how the church has gone astray, and what the way forward is. His scripture references are many and his use of past theologians apt.


6 people found this helpful.
 on March 5, 2014
By Frances Keifer
I read this book in a quiet place to absorb in an attempt to take in all that Pope Francis is saying. Great guide for all….young to seniors. Read it in small amounts to get the most from each chapter.

Papa Francesco!

5 people found this helpful.
 on April 15, 2014
By M. Major
Who doesn’t love listening to this man speak. Soft spoken and eloquent, his first Apostolic Exhortation comes with a call to all men and women to live the joy of the gospel every day.


4 people found this helpful.
 on April 23, 2014
By Jennifer
It’s hard to write a review on a pope’s book because it’s so much more than just a literary effort. It’s inspired by the Holy Spirit and goes to a level much deeper. Pope Francis is really calling all Catholics to a deeper faith including spreading the gospel through works of mercy, yet he does it in a way that upholds the church’s teachings. In learning about the early church, one of the things that always comes through is that people were converted to Christianity because of the joy of Christians. This is how I see Pope Francis. People (Catholics, Christians and non-believers) are attracted to him because he is a walking example of the joy of Christ Jesus. This book is a wonderful testimony to that faith and joy. I recommend it highly.

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