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April 05, 1924 - Image 7

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GIOVANNI PAPINI, who wrote "Life of Christ"
"The Boy Jesus in 1.
the Temple
"The wise men were
asking Him ques- Forty-three years ago Giovanni Papini was born in Florence, Italy.
tions and He was
answering; He put He was a studious youngster-full of curiosity. His Mind struggled w
questions to them in C the problems of humanity continually.
His turn and they He became cynical. Humanity was vile. War and destruction - w
marvelled at Him." and destruction-that was the history of the world. He wrote ma
books and they became popular. Books charged with vitriol and ha
He was a real hater of mankind-a master of invective.
For a time he believed that the only salvation was suicide for the e
tire human race. He was a nihilist anarchist, tnd was unusually b
ter toward religion.
2 When the World War came he laughed a joyless, bitter laugh. He s
that the war proved that his philoso ywa cirre at human i
ings were nothing more than rapacious beasts.
But as the war grew in magnitude and he began to think more dee
about it, he realized that his attitude was wrong and that it would c
tainly do nothing to help mankind.
".The more he thought the more his mind began tc change
At the age of forty-one he suddenly turned -- and wrote the most d
lightful, interesting and human story of Christ that has ever be
He traversed the entire circle during his career - starting with a bel
in Christ the Divine as a small boy, he first became suspicious, th
really doubtful, then openly hostile, amazingly bitter and then ba
again to the belief, as he puts it, "The only solution was to han
the spirit of mankind-to turn it toward religion.w o
Although Papini was practically unknown outside of his own country, this masterpiece, "The Story of Chris
has made him famous in every country in the world.
, ;Over a half million copies of the book already have been sold abroad and in America at an unusually high price.

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Papini makes you know the real, human, Divine Christ, makes you walk with Him, talk with Him, dine with Hi
suffer with Him. He makes Him live again for all of us.
The Detroit Times takes pride in announcing that it has secured the right to publish this most
s interesting story in serial form.
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