Catholicism by Father Robert Barron is a gorgeous and comprehensive tome detailing the intricacies and many layers of the Catholic faith. Having grown up Catholic, I am always fascinated that there is always more to learn about our faith. There is much I did not know about our faith traditions and history, and having read this complete resource, I feel much more knowledgeable about the special details of our faith.
This book was designed to accompany a film series of the same name. Fr. Barron compiled the book from scripts, and the topics are wide-ranging. I have not viewed the series, but from what I have read, it is a ten-part documentary, and it is likely that each of the ten chapters in the book correlates to a part of the series.
There are a mulititude of black-and-white photos of saints, statues, churches, stained glass, crucifixes, locations, and mosaics illustrating the text throughout. In addition, in the center of the book is a multi-page insert of full color photographs. The chapters investigate and elucidate everything from the teachings of Christ, to the role of Mary, to the significance of the Eucharist to Catholics, to the significance of eternity and heaven.
Each chapter is a mini-book that can stand on its own. It is clear that Fr. Barron is enthusiastically knowledgeable about the Catholic faith, and if you would like a deep and broad view into our church, cannot think of a better book to read and then place on your shelf, beautiful cover facing out, to refer to time and again.
Waterbrook Multnomah provided this book to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Posted by Jeannine at Monday, August 27, 2012