I recently finished Pope John Paul II's Crossing the Threshhold of Hope. If you havn't read the book, I highly recommend it. Basically, a reporter sent the Holy Father several questions regarding Our Faith, many of which were very hard hitting. He covers issues like suffering, salvation, those ouside the Church, etc. He did a superb job of answering these questions, although many times he seemed to get off track of the original question and the reporter was a little soft on bringing him back to the original. Much of his being "off track", however, I think flowed from his immense theological understanding that, quite frankly could leave me in the dust. While I think he tried to keep his answers to something the lay person could appreciate, his genius shines forth a little too much, making it a difficult and time consuming read, but definitely one that all Catholics should do if they get the opportunity.