Word on Fire

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Word on Fire

Proclaiming the Power of Christ

Word on Fire is one of the leading introductions to Catholic faith and culture. Fr. Barron shares enthusiastically the riches of Christian belief and tradition though his lively presentation of art, music, painting, poetry, philosophy and saints’ lives to illustrate the Gospel message.

This collection of sermons from award-winning author Fr. Robert Barron invokes the word of God through scripture and calls on every reader to heed the message of Christ and be changed. Homilies, arranged by theme, are taken from Barron's popular radio show.

With sections on the Mystery of God; Jesus; Life in the Spirit; Holy Men and Women; Liturgy and Prayer; and Faith and Culture,  this book offers passionate evangelism for Catholics and those exploring Catholicism.

An asset for priests preparing weekly sermons, individual readers in private reflection, and discussion groups, Barron's notable volume brings the scripture to life and inspires readers to bring the teachings of Christ into their hearts and homes.

Reviews and endorsements

"The fact that Barron has a knack of making Scripture relevant to one’s life in the here and now is one of the book’s greatest assets.  Another is the conciseness of each of his 'sermons,' which can be read quickly. He speaks in 'ordinary' language to which his readers can relate. Furthermore, his delivery is so ordinary that one could easily be unaware of how much theology he has incorporated into these pages. He is truly a theologian of the twenty-first century with the grace of being a parish priest who can articulate the meaning of Scripture for our times."
Janelle Maes, OSB, Benedictine Journal Review

"Robert Barron is one of today’s premier Catholic spiritual writers. His new book breaks open several key Scripture passages to help readers plunge more deeply into the mystery of God’s presence in the Bible and in their own lives."
James Martin, S.J., author of My Life with the Saints


"Here is Robert Barron's distinctive voice: substantive and imaginative, clear and challenging. His words help fan God's Word into flame, as he proclaims, 'Behold, the beauty of the Lord'."
Robert Imbelli, Boston College


"Robert Barron has a unique talent for combining scriptural exegesis with a thorough knowledge of theology, both traditional and modern, the enterprise further undergirded by a firm grasp of philosophy. Barron uses this considerable technical apparatus in the service of homilies which are deeply religious and accessible to the average reader. Written in a clear and lively style, Word on Fire delivers homilies with panache. Highly recommended." 
Howard P. Bleichner, S.S., author of View from the Altar


"Robert Barron's reflections on the scriptures weave vast learning, beautiful prose, and his own vivid faith into a seamless whole. First given as homilies, they are, for the reader, authentic meditations written by an engaging and learned younger priest theologian. A model for the preacher, these pages are solid food for everyone in the household of the Faith."
Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology, The University of Notre Dame


"Robert Barron's Word on Fire makes clear that Jesus Christ matters, that our response to Jesus' question, 'But who do you say that I am?', determines every aspect of our lives. Confidently but without arrogance or triumphalism, Barron calls us to encounter Christ in all of his strange beauty and humble power, and to respond in conversion and mission. Spanning intellectual heights and daily realities, Barron writes from his knees so that we may arise and walk in the power of Christ."
Christopher Ruddy, author of The Local Church and Tested in Every Way

Paperback / 240 pages
Dimensions: 5 3/8 x 8 1/4