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In The Second Greatest Story Ever Told bestselling author Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, reveals St. John Paul II’s witness for our time. Building on the prophetic voices of Margaret Mary Alacoque, Thérèse of Lisieux, Maximilian Kolbe, and Faustina Kowalska, The Second Greatest Story Ever Told is more than a historical account of the Great Mercy Pope. This book expounds on theIn The Second Greatest Story Ever Told bestselling author Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, reveals St. John Paul II’s witness for our time. Building on the prophetic voices of Margaret Mary Alacoque, Thérèse of Lisieux, Maximilian Kolbe, and Faustina Kowalska, The Second Greatest Story Ever Told is more than a historical account of the Great Mercy Pope. This book expounds on the profound connection between Divine Mercy and Marian consecration. It serves as an inspiration for all those who desire to bear witness to the mercy of God, focused on Christ and formed by Mary. Now is the time of mercy. Now is the time to make John Paul’s story your own....

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  • Aaron
    2019-03-20 07:42

    Fr. Gaitley ties in the messages of Fatima, the visions of St. Faustina regarding Divine Mercy and the sufferings of Poland to describe how our Lord is giving us this time of grace and mercy. It has inspired me to pray the rosary and divine mercy chaplet more often and I'll be making a Marian Consecration as soon as possible.

  • Victoria Claire
    2019-03-14 09:44

    The word that comes to mind when I think about how this book affected my thinking is "synthesizing". I have had a devotion to the Divine Mercy, a devotion to Mary, a devotion to John Paul II, and have been deeply moved by the stories of Our Lady of Fatima, Maxamillion Kolbe, and St. Faustina. I have also learned in school about the history of the great world wars and the rise and fall of the Soviet Union and various world leaders. Never, however, have I had such a strong sense of connection between all these stories, and Fr. Gaitley's synthesis of all of these things did just that for me. Having read this book, I find myself convinced that this truly is the time of mercy, and that great saints are impacting the course of the entire world. I can see more clearly how God's merciful hand does not just work in the events of individual lives, but manifests itself in the history of all humanity, and not just in the past, but in the present age. I also have a great sense that my own personal striving to do God's work can bear fruit, not just in my own salvation and the salvation of those I encounter, but it can be caught up in the salvation of the whole world. In my deep desire for my life to be significant, I found this book to reach to the heights of universality, but also plunge to the depths of personal mission. O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a font of mercy for us, I trust in You!

  • Melissa Monette
    2019-02-24 04:39

    I feel like I need to apologize for not liking this book... but I can't lie. Every time I try to read a book by this author I have such high hopes and then I'm let down. I'm not going to write a bad review, I'll just say I don't like the way the book is put together. I'm really glad others love his books though!! it seems like his books bring a number of people closet to God and that's really all that matters!

  • Judi
    2019-02-24 02:19

    This is a great book which I had put off reading because I thought I already knew a lot about Divine mercy and Saint John Paul II. Boy, was I wrong. The story weaves in the history of Poland with the lives of three important saints of the 20th century from Poland : St. Faustina, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and Saint John Paul II. The history of Poland was fascinating and set the stage for remarkable things that happened in the 20th century with these 3 saints of the Catholic Church. The whole book is about: now we are living in a time of great mercy. It is Divine Mercy and everyone needs to know about it and how to apply it in their life, to their soul. Doing this redeems you so you can go to heaven to be with God after this life.Father Mike says that we are all meant to be saints, which means souls that get to heaven. These 3 saints in the book have been canonized in the Catholic Church which is a little different. Just that miracles happened in their lives and it was determined after their death --that they should be canonized by the Catholic Church to help lead people to God.Even though I already know a lot about Divine Mercy, there was more to know. I was surprised by Maximilian Kolbe's life. It is so inspiring how brave and what a good leader he was. I didn't know he published a magazine in Poland before WWII, to spread the news of Consecration to Jesus through Mother Mary. He even went to Nagasaki, Japan and set up a printing press there and published in Japanese. He was blessed with miracles from God to accomplish his work. He had great devotion to our blessed Mother Mary. His work was inspired by a book from the 18th century called, True Devotion to Mary. He consecrated his heart to Mother Mary and she guided him in saving many souls for Christ. This is the priest who was sent to Auschwitz and while there he went in place of a man, who was sentenced to death, who worried about his family--that man's life was spared because St. Maximilian offered his own. He and a group of 10 men where put in a place, in Auschwitz, to starve to death with no food or water. While in there he ministered to the other men. After 10 days there were only 4 people left alive, including St. Max. They were poisoned to death. Flash forward some 40 or 50 years. When Saint Pope John Paul II canonized Maximilian Kolbe, the man St. Max died for, was still alive. He went to Rome to see the canonization. So many cool stories like this surround the lives of these great saints.Additionally, in the life of ST. JPII, I enjoyed reading about Divine Mercy and how he worked behind the scenes to bring out all the necessary info on it to prove it is real. He read the book True Devotion to Mary when he was a teenager and it inspired him to become a priest and consecrate his life to Mother Mary, also. He survived great hardships, too. In his life, he accomplished great things for God. His life is very fascinating to read about. It was great to see how Father Mike wove in the stories of Our Lady of Fatima. It's all very inspirational and fascinating. The details are too much to put down here. Go and read the book.I couldn't put it down, especially because my birthday is May 13th which is the anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima. This May 13th marks the 100th anniversary of the first apparition: May 13, 1917. The great message of Fatima is to pray the Rosary everyday to improve your relationship with God and improve the way you live your life. The Blessed Mother is all about bringing people to God. People don't worship her. The Rosary is centered in the life of Jesus and Mary. It is meditational prayer at it's best. Consecration to Mary is a way to dedicate your life to the will of God. I consecrated to Mother Mary for the first time on December 8, 2012. It was at the Monastery in Conyers, GA. I had read and studied the book, 33 Days to Morning Glory by Father Mike, with a group of people in my church. The group went out to the monastery that day and were consecrated in the crypt under the church in the monastery by a Monk. It was a beautiful service. December 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, so that made it more special.The author is a Catholic priest and I have read a few of his other books. I really love his writing. It is inspiring. Highly recommended

  • Diane M
    2019-03-14 10:20

    Phenomenal book! Gaitley is a wonderful writer who captures your attention from the first sentence and holds it to the last. He draws together some very important figures in Church history -- John Paul II, St. Maximillian Kolbe, St. Faustina Kowalska. Have to admit that in some parts, it was so intense that I put it down for awhile to reflect and digest the information. If you want to better understand the meaning of Fatima and Divine Mercy devotion, I highly recommend this book. If you are concerned about what's happening in the world today, this is also a must read.

  • Kim
    2019-03-16 04:40

    Although this type of book tends to be difficult for me to read, not being a history buff, I found myself captivated and often not able to put it down. I learned so much that I knew only in parts here and there but was able to put it all together to see God’s miraculous hand through it all. To God be ALL the Glory! May His mercy rain down on us all.

  • Sara
    2019-03-18 04:36

    Very interesting especially if wanting to learn more about Catholicism. Fr. Gaitley's writing is easy to follow and makes religious topics more relatable. This is a nice complement to his other books and programs (e.g., 33 Days to Morning Glory which involves consecration to Jesus through Mary).

  • Stuart
    2019-03-21 10:43

    The Second Greatest Story Ever Told begins by providing background on "The First Greatest Story Ever Told," because it's crucial for understanding "The Second Greatest Story Ever Told." In this chapter, he discusses covenants, both old and new; trust; love; Divine Mercy; and the Eucharist. In the second chapter, there is a little bit of Church History, which touches on Jansenism; the Protestant Reformation; and closes with a brief account of the impact that St. Thérèse of Lisieux had. Chapter Three then discusses amazing moments in Polish history. The author believes that God chose Poland several times in history to save the world. These three chapters serve as background and help set the stage for the rest of the book.As evidenced by the cover, the main character in this book is St. John Paul II. Millions of my generation were impacted by this man, and we have read countless works by him and about him. He was the first pope we knew and before Pope Benedict XVI, the only pope we knew. Because of his life, suffering, and death playing out in the public eye, we felt we knew everything there was to know about him. The author, Fr. Michael Gaitley, shows us just how wrong we are. This book ties in the Secrets of Fatima; Divine Mercy and St. Faustina; World War II; Pope John Paul II; and the Virgin Mary. All these people and events further illustrate to us how closely tied we are both as humans and as Catholics. There is no event in history that doesn't have ripples and effects on the rest of history. The book contains two appendices, one on the Lord's final coming and the other on the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy.Overall, I found this book to be a very enlightening and eye-opening read. With Divine Mercy only a few days away, this is the perfect read so that you can better understand the devotion. Be sure to check out other books by Fr. Michael Gaitley, including his Consoling the Heart of Jesus and 33 Days to Merciful Love.

  • Daniel Carr
    2019-03-14 04:36

    The story recounted by Michael Gaitley is a beautiful one of many saints from across Europe who strongly affected one another, and in particular Pope Saint John Paul II, and ultimately changed the world for the better in the 20th century. It is a beautiful interwoven tapestry of a story that shows just how God's providence and care comes to us in so many subtle ways that seem isolated but are really all connected.That being said, while I really enjoyed the history that was presented about Fatima, St. Faustina, Saint John Paul II about divine mercy, I did not enjoy the presentation style itself. I felt that I would have enjoyed it more if it had been written in a style with less propaganda. The language used by the author is one that excites the emotions and demonstrates his real energy for the subject matter. But while this lends itself well to a speech or a talk, it struggles to remain genuine throughout an entire book. I was very distracted by most of the transitions between sections because so often the author repeated rhetoric meant to show passion and joy when to me it only conveyed the message that the story cannot speak for itself in the same way (which it certainly does).This is not to say that a reader will not find this book amazing, in particular if the reader is not familiar already with much of the story of Fatima or St. Faustina. The unique perspective of this book is that it speaks of each of these stories and how they relate to one another. But I found that for me, I would have preferred to read about each of these stories on my own and then read a short article about mercy that would connect them. I felt there was too much pomp in the writing style and that the connection of these ideas should be allowed to speak for itself more.

  • Betsy Willing
    2019-03-06 07:23

    I just read this book in one sitting - and I'mtotally surprised by this book and how much I enjoyed it! Of all the Fr Gaitley books I have left to read this one seemed the least appealing based on the cover, (I thought I knew it all already) and yet this book seems to weave together Catholic spirituality from the last 100 years (and more) in almost a puzzle like way so that all these huge pieces (Divine Mercy, Fatima, JP2, etc) make sense. I am seeing through the fog slightly, into how Divine Mercy and the Immaculate Heart of Mary are connected. I also had a moment where my personal sentiment about certain Catholic Universities was echoed by the author. Overall this book gave me several aha! moments, and even caused me to shed a few tears. I didn't think Fr Gaitley would be able to match "Consoling the Heart of Jesus" or "33 Days to Morning Glory" , and I'm not saying that this one does reach those same exact heights, but I do feel it sits well on a shelf with them and that it's a "work well done" on his part!

  • John Silva
    2019-03-13 07:34

    This book draws together many of the miracles/events that have been happening in the world from the apparitions of Mary, to the great Marian Saints like Louis de Montfort, Saint Faustina Kowalska, to Saint John Paul II, and all the Popes in between who have been part of the message of Divine Mercy. It helps synthesize these seemingly separate events and people into "God's story of Mercy". As the saying which was revealed to Saint Faustina Kowalska:"Jesus, I Trust in You"See the Divine Mercy website and the "33 Days to Morning Glory" consecration to Mary:

  • Kathryn Bergeron
    2019-02-24 07:41

    Summary: The stories of John Paul II, Our Lady of Fatima, Poland, and Diving Mercy.Why I Read This: For the Year of Mercy, FORMED is showing the video series based upon this book. I was watching the series, and the book is always better than the movie.Review: I liked the book, though I like the movies too, for different reasons. I enjoyed the way that Fr. Gaitley moved through the topics and connected them.

  • Sheri
    2019-02-25 10:46

    This book pulls all these threads together to make for a compelling persuasion that we are in the end times and now is the time of mercy! I wish I had been able to read it all in one sitting to get it all in, or at least not stretched it out for three months. I may read this again in the summer when I have more time. I have purchased his CD because I think I might get more out of it that way, too. I will definitely be looking into Marian consecration, too.

  • Dan R Byrne Jr
    2019-02-26 04:38

    Illuminating: A Must Read for Divine Mercy DevoteesThis book ties together Divine Mercy from Scripture to St. Margaret Mary to St. Faustina and St. Maximillian Kolbe to St. John Paul II (who is the central character of the "Second Greatest Story Ever Told"). Fr. Gaitley's style is easy and conversational, not technical and full of religious jargon.

  • Anne
    2019-02-28 04:42

    Fr. Gaitley, author of a great guide to Marian Consecration called 33 Days to Morning Glory, connects consecration with divine mercy, explains how they both impacted St. John Paul 2 and unpacks some really amazing historical events. The book was and may still be available for free and was very fruitful to read in preparation for the Feast of Divine Mercy.

  • Bill Breen
    2019-03-16 05:20

    Great inspirational read in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. Fr. Gaitley's conversational style makes for a very readable and understandable book. Shows how Poland's history, and native sons Sts. Faustina, Maximilian Kolbe and John Paul II the Great come together to show THIS is the time of mercy and how we can help bring about the 'coming of the Lord' by becoming saints!!

  • Mary
    2019-03-15 04:22

    Explains the relationships of many of the divine revelations of the 20th century--Fatima, St. Faustian Kowalska, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Pope St. John Paul II.This is the time to embrace God's mercy.

  • Rich
    2019-02-25 08:40

    Great history and summary of the origins of Divine Mercy, it's connections to Marian spirituality, particularly that of Marian Consecration and the message of Fatima, and how this is all intertwined in the life and mission of John Paul II.

  • Maria
    2019-03-27 09:25

    Masterful tracing of God's gift of Mercy through the lives of past and current day saints, especially St. Pope John Paul II.

  • Goodthelife
    2019-03-04 04:29

    Not my favorite Gaitley book but informative. Some parts very insightful of course. Great read prior to the Year of Mercy starting on 12/8/15.

  • Jane
    2019-03-03 04:19

    This short book is well worth reading. It is available for free:

  • Michele
    2019-03-09 02:42

    Informative, historical. I learned some things I didn't know before