I will not read it right away, as I have much that I need to take care of in the next week or two before I can begin to give it the time it deserves, however, I took a quick glance at the first page with much joy when I saw the following sentence:
Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.
Pure and utter brilliance and beauty. I know it's been said and said by him and others, but now we have it in encyclical form! I can see hints already in it in how it is a continuation of what JP II had done, on the experience of God, but you can also tell that this is something that is definitely a work of his own that he has written, Benedict has that style about him :).
Needless to say I am very excited to read it and give it further reflections and such, I will be teaching on the encyclical in April at the College and Career group so I gotta make sure it's all ready to go by then.