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“A Journey with Jonah”: Mysterious and Mystical Insights from the Belly of Whale

September 8, 2021


New book from Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire Institute features reflections from Fr. Paul Murray and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

[Irving, TX] – The book of the prophet Jonah is only two pages long. And yet, around this small book, high waves of controversy and mystery have swirled for centuries. In his new book, “A Journey with Jonah: The Spirituality of Bewilderment,” Fr. Paul Murray untangles the confusion surrounding this prophetic message, unlocking the spiritual insights beneath the surface. With new unique features, readers will have exciting material to bolster their meditation on Sacred Scripture.

Fr. Murray is a Dominican priest, professor at the Angelicum in Rome, and prolific poet. His book, the second work he has published under the Word on Fire Institute imprint, includes the text of the book of Jonah itself, using the NRSV-CE translation (the same translation found in “The Word on Fire Bible”). “A Journey with Jonah” also features a wonderful 2003 lectio divina on Jonah by then-Cardinal Ratzinger, titled “God Took Pity,” published here in English for the first time.

According to reviewer Dr. Tom Neal of Notre Dame Seminary, “‘A Journey with Jonah’ is a spiritually colorful and visceral exploration of the human flight from God’s severe mercy—a mercy that ultimately triumphs in Jesus Christ.” Those interested in spiritual growth, biblical studies, and mysticism can purchase the book at

Word on Fire Catholic Ministries ( exists to support the evangelization efforts of Bishop Robert Barron by drawing people into the Body of Christ, which is the Church, and thereby giving them access to all the gifts that Jesus wants his people to enjoy. To be most effective in this mission, Word on Fire places an emphasis and urgency on the use of contemporary forms of media and innovative communication technologies.


FOR RELEASE ON: 08/25/2021

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