This wide-ranging collection of free, downloadable eBooks offers everything from life-changing book recommendations, to ways to discern God’s will, to a discussion of the truth of the Resurrection.

Proclaim Christ in the culture.

Creating A rule of Life

This eBook is a transcript taken from an interview between Haley Stewart, Managing Editor of Word on Fire Spark, and Tsh Oxenreider, an author, podcaster, travel guide, and a recent Catholic convert.

The discussion dives into the rule of St. Benedict and how to make it come alive in our lives as Catholic lay people in the modern world.

As you may know, Bishop Barron is a voracious reader. This eBook contains lists featuring his five favorite books of all time, favorite contemporary books, and his favorite classical and modern systematic theology books, moral theology books, biblical theology books, spiritual theology books, and apologetics books.

Happy reading!

How to Share Your Faith

Jesus’ call to his disciples to proclaim the Gospel to all nations went out not simply to the leaders of the church then and now, but to all of us, to all the baptized, to every one of the people of God.

Whether it’s at your office, gym, social circle, or within your own home, God has given you opportunities to share your faith with someone in need. The key is learning how to evangelize effectively in our increasingly secular culture.

This eBook is a transcript of an episode of the “Word on Fire Show” for you to read slowly—at your own pace—and reflect on how you can share the good news of our Lord with the people nearest and dearest to you.


The sign of the cross finds its roots in the earliest centuries of the Church and is used today by millions of Christians worldwide. But it is all too easy to make this sign in a routine and superficial way at the beginning and end of a prayer, failing to recognize its true significance.

In this eBook, Bert Ghezzi reminds us that the sign of the cross is a prayer in itself—one that bears great spiritual power. This simple but profound gesture opens us to God, renews our Baptism, and acts as a mark of Christian discipleship, one that repels the devil and helps us to resist our self-indulgence and tendency toward sin.

Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?

The Resurrection of Jesus is the be-all and end-all of the Christian faith. As St. Paul himself put it: “If Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain.” But if he did rise from death, then Christianity is the fullness of God’s revelation, and Jesus must be the absolute center of our lives.

This eBook contains an edited transcript of an episode of “The Word on Fire Show” answering this question: “Did Jesus really rise from the dead?” May you pause to reflect on this fulcrum of Christianity and come to a renewed appreciation for the novelty, centrality, and power of the Gospel.


As a priest, and now a bishop, Bishop Barron often hears from people searching for God’s direction in their lives. They wonder, what does God want me to do with my life? How can I be faithful to God in my day to day decisions? How can I hear God and be sensitive to his promptings?

We all ask these questions. They are a normal part of the
Christian life. This eBook contains an edited transcript of an episode of “The Word on Fire Show” exploring these questions.
Read it slowly—at your own pace—and reflect on how God is leading you in your life. All discernment boils down to one ultimate
goal: finding the path of greatest love. Let’s seek that path


Bishop Barron has said that his whole life changed when he discovered St. Thomas Aquinas at the age of 15. A Dominican friar introduced him in high school during a lecture on the arguments for God’s existence.

Drawn into the complexity and wonder of his work, this encounter helped Bishop Barron fall in love with the things of God and ultimately led him to the priesthood.

This eBook contains a transcript on an episode of “The Word on Fire Show” devoted to St. Thomas Aquinas, introducing his life and the best ways to start reading his work. May you also come to know
the genius and spiritual lessons of this marvelous saint.

Letter to a Suffering Church

Letter to a Suffering Church

This eBook is a cri de cœur, a cry from the heart. The sexual abuse scandal has been for millions of Catholics—and especially for the victim-survivors—lacerating. Bishop Barron has written this eBook for fellow Catholics who feel, understandably, demoralized, scandalized, angry beyond words, and ready to quit.

Bishop Barron urges his brothers and sisters in the Church to stay and fight—and to do so on behalf of themselves and their families, but especially on behalf of those who have suffered so grievously at the hands of wicked people. Hopefully, those outside the Church will find some illumination in this message as well.


For Catholics who were already struggling with the abuse crisis and a dramatic rise in disaffiliation, the COVID-19 pandemic is not only economic, social, or medical—it is spiritual. Plunged into a time of darkness and separated from the sacraments and their parish communities, the faithful are feeling isolated, disheartened, and uncertain about what the future holds.

This eBook from Dr. Stephen Bullivant is an insightful and encouraging analysis of the coronavirus, looking at the impact on the Church from both the spiritual and secular perspectives, weaving in his own personal reflections as a Catholic convert and a husband and father.