About the Book
As secularism gains influence and increasing numbers see religion as dull and backward, Bishop Robert Barron wants to illuminate how beautiful, intelligent, and relevant the Catholic faith is.
In this compelling new book—written in conversation with award-winning Vatican journalist John L. Allen, Jr.—Bishop Barron, founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, proclaims in vivid language the goodness and truth of the Catholic tradition. Through Bishop Barron’s smart, practical, artistic, and theological observations as well as personal anecdotes—from engaging atheists on YouTube to discussing his days as a young diehard baseball fan from Chicago—To Light a Fire on the Earth covers prodigious ground.
Touching on everything from Jesus to prayer, science, movies, atheism, the spiritual life, the fate of 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.
by John L. Allen Jr.
Chapter One: THE BARRON STORY
Chapter Two: BEAUTY
Chapter Three: GOODNESS
Chapter Four: TRUTH
Chapter Five: EVANGELIZATION
Chapter Six: PRAYER AND THE SUPERNATURAL
Chapter Seven: THE BIBLE
Chapter Eight: OBSTACLES TO THE FAITH
Chapter Nine: BARRON THE BISHOP
Chapter Ten: FROM MINISTRY TO MOVEMENT
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
What People Are Saying...
Robert Barron and John Allen are two men at the peak of their great skills: Bishop Barron, the most compelling English-speaking Catholic evangelist of our time; John Allen, the finest Catholic journalist and biographer. Together they've created a must-read portrait of a man and his ministry on fire with the love of God. This book is a joy to experience - not just for the elegance of the writing, nor even its absorbing insights into Bishop Barron the man, but even more for the encounter with truth, beauty and goodness woven throughout its pages.
—Charles J. Chaput
O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia, and author of Strangers in a Strange Land
Bishop Robert Barron is truly a shepherd after God's own heart, proclaiming the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith, and leading souls to the knowledge and love of Christ. He makes Scripture come alive. He calls attention to the seeds of the Word that surround us in creation and culture. And he answers the contemporary challenges of secularism and the new atheism with clarity and charity. John Allen has provided a privileged glimpse into the mind and heart of a true master of evangelization.
author of The Lamb's Supper
Bishop Robert Barron is the most accomplished evangelist and catechist in the Catholic Church today. Everyone eager to help make Catholicism a "Church permanently in mission" should read this stimulating conversation. Everyone.
author of Witness to Hope and The End and the Beginning
In their new book Bishop Barron and John Allen enthusiastically detail the beauty and depth of the Catholic faith and offer a glimpse at the captivating mission of a shepherd who literally goes to ends of the earth to share the greatest story ever told in ways it has never been told before.
author of Intimate Graces
Two of the greatest minds in the modern Church have come together to create a desperately needed book. It's an essential read for today's believer as well as anyone interested in understanding why the Catholic Church is important to so many people.
author of Something Other Than God