Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith
What is Catholicism? A 2,000-year-old living tradition? A worldview? A way of life? A relationship? A mystery? In Catholicism Father Robert Barron examines all these questions and more, seeking to capture the body, heart and mind of the Catholic faith.
Starting from the essential foundation of Jesus Christ’s incarnation, life, and teaching, Father Barron moves through the defining elements of Catholicism – from sacraments, worship, and prayer, to Mary, the Apostles, and Saints, to grace, salvation, heaven, and hell – using his distinct and dynamic grasp of art, literature, architecture, personal stories, Scripture, theology, philosophy, and history to present the Church to the world.
Paired with his documentary film series of the same title, Catholicism is an intimate journey, capturing “The Catholic Thing” in all its depth and beauty. Eclectic, unique, and inspiring, Father Barron brings the faith to life for a new generation, in a style that is both faithful to timeless truths, while simultaneously speaking in the language of contemporary life.
Includes over 100 black and white and color photos.
Publication Date: 2011-09-06
Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
Bishop Robert Barron is an acclaimed author, speaker, and theologian. He is also the founder of the global media ministry Word on Fire, which reaches millions of people by utilizing the tools of new media to draw people into or back to the Catholic Faith. Francis Cardinal George has described him as "one of the Church's best messengers." Bishop Barron is the creator and host of CATHOLICISM (2011), a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary series about the Catholic Faith. The series has aired on hundreds of PBS stations across the world and has been used by parishes, universities, and schools as an essential resource. Since then, Bishop Barron and Word on Fire also released the follow-up documentary CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization (2013) and has just released CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players, a beautiful new film series on the mystics, scholars, artists, and saints who shaped the Church and changed the world. The series debuted in September 2016 and has been syndicated for national television.
I think this book is one that everyone I know should read. Yes, that means YOU. ESPECIALLY if you have an interest in your Catholic faith.
It has ten chapters, and it clocks in at 279 pages. It spans the faith from the history to theology to philosophy to application. I was, above all, fascinated.
I've read a few popular Catholic theology books, but very few of them can stay long on my office "must reference" shelf.
When I raved about it to my pastor (I stopped just shy of suggesting that we use this, along with the Youcat, with the next class of Confirmation students), I compared Barron's work to Scott Hahn. Another parishioner had emailed him already about Father Barron's Catholicism project (which will be airing on one of our local channels!), so he recognized Barron's name.
I am, admittedly, pretty excited about my faith. After reading Father Barron's book, though, I find myself renewed and reenergized. Throughout the entire book, I was turning the page, wondering what was next.
When's the last time a theology book kept me turning the page like a novel would? Honestly, I don't remember. I've read some great books this year, but this one is up there with the best (if it's not the best) that I've read.
Barron's treatment of the faith is at once tender, factual, and intriguing. He presents it almost scientifically, but in a way that bespeaks a deep love. It reminds me of the way I hope I would speak about my husband, and that warms my heart.
Bottom line: read this book. Then buy a copy for your parish library, because without a doubt, someone else needs to read it too!