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It's almost always better to listen to an author reading his own book than to listen to a narrator who didn't write the book - Catholicism is one of those. Father Barron's own voice provides his own interpretation of the intent of each word - and it is a WONDERFUL listen!
I have the video series and the audiobook covers the same points as the videos, minus the lush visuals, but containing all the same clarity and focus.
The book is filled with apologiae - Biblical references, early Church Fathers -the Church speaks for herself from twenty centuries and she's still saying the same things she's always said. She's still true to the Bridegroom.
Fr Barron is a great gift to the laity in our time, after so many years of muddled thinking and murky teachings - here is a firm voice of clarity and truth - but also kindness.
No false ecumenism, no watering down of the faith passed on to us from the Apostles, but no snarky jabs at those who have been kept away from the Catholic Church by culture, by misunderstandings or even by other Catholics.
Here is uncompromising truth. Thanks be to GOD!
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What made the experience of listening to Catholicism the most enjoyable?
Father Robert Barron reads with style his own book which gives new insights to wake up a person's faith. Not just a standard catechism although it is truly authentic, but it is a fresh and compelling view of what Catholicism is and is not. The little pictures and stories collected here bring faith to life, presenting a real life picture of a startling, radical religion that is Catholicism.
What about Robert Barron’s performance did you like?
Father Barron is a good reader and clearly believes what he has written and now reads. The tone is enthusiastic without false excitement, honest and refreshing.
Any additional comments?
If you want to really think out your faith, this is a great place to start.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
If anyone ever wants to know exactly what Catholics believe and why then the easiest thing to do is read this book. It is as simple as that. Fr Robert Barron is a Catholic phenomenon who has been recognised by his superiors in the Church as having a gift for communicating complex Catholic theology and factual history in an honest and accessible way. The driving force for that honesty and accessibility is his love for God and his enthusiasm in his faith. He literally sings his faith to the world through his writing and broadcasting. For Catholics this is a "must have" book. It has been adopted by RCIA groups in Catholic dioceses the world over. For those who are curious about Catholicism and want to know why Catholic believe what they do, then you can do no better than read this luminous work. The audible version is all the more awesome because Fr Robert narrates it himself and his love and enthusiam burst out of every chapter.
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Where does Catholicism rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
As I rediscover my faith, this has been an excellent story book rather than text book. It provides information you will be looking for but in a kinder way than some less gifted priests may deliver the same information with an "or else" tagged onto the end.
What other book might you compare Catholicism to, and why?
I have listened to a few Books by James Martin SJ, I would recommend his book Jesus: A Pilgrimage if you enjoyed this book and vice versa.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The latter chapters on the Church's views of Heaven, Purgatory and Hell which has become far more kind over the last few decades. It makes a reasonable case for Purgatory outlining the shortcomings of this within the Biblical sense.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
NO, too much to take in. In truth, I will have to listen to it again and perhaps again to fully embrace and understand all that was said.
Any additional comments?
I have read up on the author and he appears to be a safe pair of hands with whom we can trust as it applies to his understanding and approach to passing on his knowledge. For those like me who perhaps have lost their way, and even those who would like an introduction to the Catholic Faith, this is a worthy read. Just as I have read books on Islam and Buddhism, it is one of those friendly inviting books rather than a dictatorial book that will turn you off within the first few pages.
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