Continue to rouse your Lenten thoughtfulness. Sit back with these best-sellers for stirring reflection, enriching devotion, and uncovering the mystery and beauty of God embedded in the culture.
This bundle includes the books Seeds of the Word, Vibrant Paradoxes, and Praying with the Pivotal Players.
Seeds of the Word: Finding God in the Culture (2015)
Since the first century, Christians have detected “seeds of the Word" in the surrounding culture. No matter how charred or distorted the fragments, we can always uncover inklings of the Gospel, which can then lead people to God. Through this evocative collection of essays, Bishop Robert Barron finds those “seeds" in today's most popular films, books, and current events.
How do Superman, Gran Torino, and The Hobbit illuminate the figure of Jesus? How does Bob Dylan convey the prophetic overtones of Jeremiah and Isaiah? Where can we detect the ripple of original sin in politics, sports, and the Internet culture? Finding the “seeds of the Word" requires a new vision. This book will train you to see.
Vibrant Paradoxes: The Both/And of Catholicism (2016)
G.K. Chesterton once said that Catholicism keeps its beliefs "side by side like two strong colors, red and white...It has always had a healthy hatred of pink."
Catholicism is both/and, not either/or. It celebrates the union of contraries--grace and nature, faith and reason, Scripture and tradition, body and soul--in a way that the full energy of each opposing element remains in place.
In Vibrant Paradoxes, bestselling author Bishop Robert Barron brings together themes and motifs that many would consider mutually exclusive or, at best, awkward in their juxtaposition. But seen through the Incarnation, these opposites crash together and reflect new light in every direction requiring a new vision.
Praying with the Pivotal Players (2016)
Saints aren't just people who live exemplary moral lives. They ultimately serve as tour guides on the road to God.
In Praying with the Pivotal Players, written by best-selling author Amy Welborn, you'll journey with six holy men and women toward a deeper intimacy with the Lord. You'll find insights about Jesus, prayer, the Church, and virtue, from luminaries such as:
- St. Francis
- St. Thomas Aquinas
- St. Catherine of Siena
- Bl. John Henry Newman
- G.K. Chesterton
In each of the thirty short chapters, five devoted to each of the six figures above, you'll sample the Pivotal Player's writings, poems, and prayers, followed by stirring reflections to help apply their wisdom to your own life.
The entries are ideal for devotional reading and are supplemented by questions to launch you into further prayer. Reading one chapter a day will engage you for an entire month.