Item description for Padre Pio: The True Story by C. Bernard Ruffin...
Overview Padre Pio: The True Story focuses primarily on the post World War II era to the time of Padre Pio's death. It was during this time that an onscure Italian Capuchin priest attracted worldwide attention for his holiness as well as his mysterious stigmata.
Publishers Description This is by far the best life of Padre Pio in print. It tells the amazing story of the obscure Italian priest who became famous all over the world, both for his stigmata and for his miracles and supernatural insights.
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Studio: Our Sunday Visitor
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6.1" Height: 1" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 1991
Publisher Our Sunday Visitor
ISBN 0879736739 ISBN13 9780879736736
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Reviews - What do customers think about Padre Pio: The True Story?
A Very Balanced Story Mar 1, 2008
I've read several books about Padre Pio and was somewhat skeptical about this one because the author is a Lutheran minister. Perhaps that's why C. Bernard Ruffin took such pains to provide a well-documented and balanced approach to the tale of this great saint. Other books, written by Catholics, failed to tell the whole story of the Church's persecution of Pio. Ruffin lays it all out and it is astonishing! Pio's detractors were priests who were jealous of him and an archbishop who had a history of rewarding priests convicted of child molestation, selling church artifacts for personal profit, and questionable sex practices. When the truth was finally revealed, punishment was light. The archbishop was allowed to retire early with all benefits and a few wrists were slapped. But if Padre Pio had had his way they would have been forgiven totally. No matter how badly he suffered through this time, he never said anything to harm his "Mother Church" and he remained in complete obedience to Church authority. In fact he would be sad that I am pointing out the character of his detractors. Sorry, Padre. All in all this is a book I couldn't put down. Several pages of photos, including one of his parents, makes the book a good read.
Perhaps the Best Book on St. Padre Pio! Jul 20, 2007
This is possibly the best book currently on the life of St. Padre Pio. It is very well researched and well written that you honestly get a true glimpse of the man in my opinion.
The book was written by a non-Catholic which can dispel some people's fears that the book is a fanatical work to boost the Padre Pio simply because of his faith.
After reading this book there is little way anyone can doubt the amazing activities which took place around this man. Jesus was surely using St. Padre Pio.
I highly recommend this book for religious and causal readers alike.
Much fine material but terrible editing Apr 10, 2007
I just finished reading this book. Most of it was very well done, but the author who is non-Catholic had a bad habit of inserting irrelevant material relating to Martin Luther and other Protestant luminaries in order somehow to bridge the chasm between the holiness of St. Padre Pio and the religious experience of these other individuals. It all has the smell of an ecumenistic work, a suspicion given added weight by the liberal nature of the publishing company. St. Padre Pio was a great saint for modern times. Like all saints he loved all humanity, but his personal love for souls did not, in any way, include acceptance of the errors they espouse. It is inexplicable that this author, who apparently believes what he has written about the saint, did not at the end adjure the errors of Lutheranism and enter the Catholic fold.
Padre Pio:the True Story Feb 8, 2007
I thoroughly enjoyed this very delightful and inspiratonal book. It was really very well written and I would recommend it to any reader interested in knowing about the saintly soul Padre Pio. I was not able to put the book down once I started reading it.I highly recommend it to any reader interested in knowing about a Christ-like man of the 20th century.
Excellent! Jan 22, 2007
I was very pleased that even though it was the week before Christmas, I still received my purchase within three days of ordering it! Thank you for your quick service!