• by Robert Barron
  • Narrated by Robert Barron
  • 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Fr. Robert Barron's comprehensive work goes straight to the core of the Catholic faith. He first examines the foundations of Christ's incarnation, life and ministry, and then works through the essentials of the Catholic tradition: from sacraments, worship and prayer, to Mary and the saints, and on to salvation, heaven and hell. Throughout this epic journey, Fr. Barron uses art, literature, personal stories, Scripture, theology, philosophy and history to present a complete picture of the Church to the world.


What the Critics Say

"Clarity, intelligence, passion and elegance...Father Barron brings all these gifts to bear in this extraordinary reflection on the Catholic faith." (Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia)


See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Does what it says on the tin!

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.
Read full review

- Enquiring Mind

Informative content yet told as to an individual

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.

Read full review

- Leo Delaney

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2012
  • Publisher: Servant Books