Since coming into the Church I have heard references to Hans Urs von Balthasar, but had never read any of his works. I knew he was quite admired by many including Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. Well I just read his Heart of the World due to a recommendation from one of Sr. Julia Darrenkamp YouTube videos she does for book recommendations. I must say I am stunned at how good this book is. Mostly it is a prolonged mediation on Jesus as the heart of the world that is mostly written from the viewpoint of Jesus. Usually books written in the first person of Jesus (or should that be 2nd person considering he is the 2nd person of the Trinity?) turn me off. But Hans Urs von Balthasar pulls it off that soon I was not thinking about a person trying to write as Jesus. This is just a wonderful book that I can recommend for all. Originally Sr. Julia had it as a Lent suggestion and while that is a good time to read this book, Advent or Ordinary time is fine as well. So now I will be definitely looking into reading more of his books.