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Around the World at 80 Years Old!


Jon Svensson was born in Iceland and is the only Jesuit priest from that island at the top of the world. After a career in both teaching and ministry, he became one of the world's best loved authors by writing his series of "Nonni" books. For anyone else, such a life would seem full yet, even at age 80, he still held in his heart a boyhood dream to travel around the world and meet all of God's people. Here, for the first time in English, is the incredible true story that proves that life does not end, but really begins, at 80! "Nonni in Japan" is the second part of the great Icelandic children's writer Jon Svensson's journey around the world first begun in "Nonni in America." It is a charming and informative read which also examines the deeper topics of America and Japan on the eve of war amidst Nonni's journey of peace and understanding. Jon Svensson was fulfilling a lifelong dream to visit Japan wrapped up in his own vocation which began with a devotion to the great Jesuit missionary to Asia, Saint Francis Xavier. Yet, no matter how interesting the drama, one must always remember that Jon Svensson was one of the most popular writers of his day because of his great descriptive talents and storytelling abilities which are on full display here. (large print with photos of the actual journey).

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