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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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A Biography

This was an interesting biography, but was not listed as one. I was expecting it to be similar to his other books and not a biography.

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Bishop Barron: Tools for Evangelism for Today

I have been a fan of Bishop Barron since I first experienced his Catholicism series. Since then, I have followed his podcasts, and subsequent series on the Saints. He is a Catholic evangelist for our day, with a strong theological background and personal faith and conviction in Jesus. Bishop Barron is an adept teacher who ably uses common daily experiences to make complicated ideas understandable. In this book, which has been written from interviews with the priest, Bishop Barron lays out a strategy for sharing or deepening the Faith with others, including practicing Catholics, Catholics who have left the Church, and to any who are curious about or question the validity of Christianity's claims. Regular listeners to his podcasts will find some familiar themes and stories he has shared before. I continue to learn from him, and love his references to the early Church teachers. I appreciate information about the historical roots of Christianity, and the lives of so many of the Saints, who have gone this way before us, asking important questions and pursuing a life of holiness in their time. With regard to the writing of this book, I noticed occasional points of repetition in some of the chapters. This didn't bother me, as I often need to hear things more than once to remember them! Due to the overlap of some of the chapter topics, this was likely unavoidable, and didn't detract for me at all. I recommend this book.

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Provides much hope for the future of Catholicism

Excellent piece of work that allows the reader to get into the mind of one of the most influential Catholic leaders. Bishop Baron takes an honest look at the state of Catholicism and religion in general in today’s world,and he lays out a bold strategy to represent the faith in a post-Christian age. This book is wonderfully narrated.