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As secularism gains influence and increasing numbers see religion as dull and backward, Robert Barron wants to illuminate how beautiful, intelligent, and relevant the Catholic faith is.

In this compelling new book - drawn from conversations with and narrated by award-winning Vatican journalist John L. Allen Jr. - Barron, founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, proclaims in vivid language the goodness and truth of the Catholic tradition. Through Barron's smart, practical, artistic, and theological observations - as well as through personal anecdotes about everything from engaging atheists on YouTube to his days as a young die-hard baseball fan from Chicago - To Light a Fire on the Earth covers prodigious ground.

Touching on a wide range of subjects, including Jesus, prayer, science, movies, atheism, the spiritual life, the fate of the Church in modern times, beauty, art, and social media, Barron reveals why the Church matters today and how Catholics can intelligently engage a skeptical world.

©2017 Robert Barron and John L. Allen (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Wonderful, so much packed in this book.

Been listening to Bishop Barron for 3 years now, converted Lutheran to Catholicism. Barron has been instrumental for me in rounding out what I did not get in RCIA. Those familiar with his digital media: podcasts, videos with hear some familiar Barronisms in here. I love his emphasis on using intellect to deepen our faith. Books and authors he finds influential never disappoint. Refreshing to hear Bishop Barron's own story, and about how Word on Fire came to life. The narrator had a super pleasant voice, perfect to match the passion and wisdom in this book. Bravo! I'm off to buy the hardback!

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Not by Bishop Barron

The book says it is "by" Bishop Barron, it isn't. It's a biography of Bishop Barron by John Allen. I was very disappointed in this as I wanted a discussion of the topic by Barron, not an interpretation by Allen

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Mostly Good

What was good was really good! And even though I would disagree with a few of his positions in a big way, they didn't turn me off to what he's trying to accomplish in the Church. However, I almost did turn it off several times because of Sfam Verner's very poor pronunciation of words he obviously doesn't know. It was so grating to listen to him mispronounce certain words over and over again that I couldn't focus on what was being said. They need to get someone else to read it who's willing to look up the proper pronunciation. But other than that, the content is quite good!

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A Guide for a New Generation of Catholics.

In an age of scandals and secularism, it's time to go beyond looking at the church of authority, of rules and regulations. It's time to look again at tradition and the jewels of the faith. Barron makes the case wonderfully for it. We won't forget any of the "hot-button" topics, but it will involve a new approach. It's time for Catholics and non-Catholics alike to look at our faith in a new light. Reading this will help on that journey.

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Excellent, thought provoking.

Excellent book. Great content and clearly read.

Pronunciation of Latin, Spanish, and Italian words/names are not always correct.

Highly recommend this book.

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Vital topic for today's Christian

excellent information; those unfamiliar with Word On Fire get a great introduction to the ministry; those familiar get insight into origins, principles (pillars) and direction/future goals of the ministry. Only criticism is the adulation (though merited) got a little distracting.

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comprehensive

Far ranging evaluation of the state of the Church. Valuable analysis. Worth your time. Some repetition.

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Enjoyed every minute, captivating.

Really enjoyed the book and very pleased it was available on Audible. Very we read and could hear Bishop Baron's words spoken as if he himself had read them. Wish more of his books were available on Audible

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gotta read (listen to)

if you are a practicing Catholic,you will truly appreciate Bishop Barron and his way of evangelizing the gospel.

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It's good to read that a classmate has done good.

Bishop Barron was in the Basselin honors philosophy program at Catholic University a year behind me.
Being one of the post-revolution seminarians in 1978-1980, called neoregressives by many of the older graduate students, and having served as a diocesan priest for 32 years, Bishop Barron has given me the words to express both what has happened over the last 40 years in the Church, and where I need to labor in renewing my own faith, and the parish community that I serve.
As Bishop Barron points out so well, it is in focusing on Jesus Christ,, and the beauty of the Catholic Church, that this renewal will take place. No one will dedicate his or her life to a Church whose primary mission is selfloathing for what we are not, and which is uncertain in its proclamation because of past sins of its members and leaders.
John Allen did a great job of presenting Bishop Barron's thoughts. However, the information on the book leads one to believe that Bishop Barron wrote this book, with John Allen being an assistant or ghost writer. What we have here is a book by John Allen about Bishop Barron. John did a great job.