Bishop Barron’s 5 Favorite Books of All Time

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Friends, on today’s episode of “The Word on Fire Show,” Brandon Vogt and I discuss my favorite books of all time, from theology to poetry, fiction to stage plays. (Download a full PDF guide to my favorite books at

A listener asks about Thomas Aquinas’ views on women.

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Bishop Barron’s Favorite Books:
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Smeaton Lighthouse says:

That's strange for a 'professing Christian'. My favourite books are Ephesians, Romans, the gospel of John, Leviticus, 2 Corinthians. I love them all but these would be my favourites.
Does your Bible not get a look in.

Vangel Vesovski says:

A book that I would like Bishop Barron to look at is Bulgakov's, The Master and Margarita. It is one of the great masterpieces of the 20th century and has many themes that Catholics would find interesting.

Coretta Ha says:

So everyone secretly agrees Vatican 2.0 was a reboot that the world didn’t need or want…

haley phillips says:

Don Quixote?

Russell says:

@ 35:33, not sure if you can get it on YouTube legally (but I could be mistaken, I'm not an expert on copyright or maybe I overlooked something).

S T says:

Only ONE book matters. And it is an authorized all authority all truth King Janes Version.

Grace and peace from the Lord Jesus Christ and from God our Father. My testimony: I believe in Jesus Christ. The reason I believe in Jesus is because I heard God's message about Him, preached from an authorized King James Version (KJV) book of His Word and His words. After hearing the message, I believed it. God has faith His blood is propitiation for my lifetime of sin, and I too believe His shed blood pays for my sins and the sins of the world. After believing, I turned back to God. That's what it means to repent. And after turning back to God, I put my full trust and faith in the shed blood of Jesus and in what He did at the cross. I am fully persuaded, just like Abraham, that God, who cannot lie, will do everything just as He has promised. I declared and do declare His righteousness, and He imputed it on me, a believer in Jesus!

My testimony includes what justifies me to stand before God. It matches Romans 3:24-26.

Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Colossians 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

1 Timothy 3: And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Now after you hear God speak in Romans 1:18-3:20 you have heard everything He says you must hear before you can turn back to Him.

I hope to see you in paradise with God!

Alexis Arrizon says:

Priests are a treasure. They are incredibly educated and so very wise and holy.🙏🙏🙏🙏😁😁😁😁

Thaddeus Noel Laput says:

Bishop Barron should be made a Cardinal by Pope Francis in the next consistory. Similar to the case of the Auxiliary Bishop of San Salvador, El Salvador who is a Cardinal while his superior, the Archbishop, is not; the media savvy and theologically astute Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles should be elevated a Cardinal.

Him Bike says:

I’m about the same age as the bishop.
I remember clearly playing with my baseball cards when I was 11-12yrs old. My mom walked by and said
“I wish u would study your religion as much as u study those cards.”
I thought she was crazy.
Now I’m 59 and have 100s of Catholic books.

mr1001nights says:

The most important two books to read for theologians (and anyone else really) are 1) The Denial Of Death by Ernest Becker and 2) Escape From Evil by Ernest Becker

Andy Maxwell says:

I haven't watched it but I'm guessing the Bible made it into his top 5. Love Bishop Barron, don't have enough time in life for all these podcasts

A Z says:

Hi Bishop Barron, would you recommend reading vast texts like the Bible, the Catechism, and the Summa cover to cover or simply referencing them?

Maureen Pileggi says:

I often comment on how much I LOVE listening to Bishop Barron. But what I really want to say this time is I LOVE Brandon’s questions! He has such an incredible gift for asking just the right question to spark an interest even before Bishop begins to answer. You guys are such a great team!!! ♥️

Jorge Puentes says:

I would love to hear a discussion about Rudolf Schwarz's The Church Incarnate the sacred function of christian architecture.

DignusFerox says:

Two of my favorite books that may considered lower class but are very enjoyable and relevant for these times are A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller and Eifelheim by Michael Flynn.

Cynthia Cisneros says:

Thanks for the book recommendations 😊! If it's not too much to ask, could y'all add suggested editions on the recommended books list/PDF? Thank you 🙂

Larry Conley says:

Thank you, You have been so blessed with an intellect to explain the readings so they have real meaning to our lives. God bless you and keep you all the days of your life

Catherine Miller says:

GPS GODS Perfect Source.

Katie Berliner says:

I just read Seven Storey Mountain for the first time and it is so captivating – Wow! Thank you for discussing this.

Mctimington the3rd says:

I've been thinking about the multiverse theory, can you imagine multiverse in which one universe there is no existence, does it exist.
If it does exist, doesn't that mean you can quantify it as a ONE for existing… can you separate math from existence? If existence will always be quantifiable, does it always have other properties? ….such as sharing existence… AKA love?

melinda mara says:

The Pope met with NBA.
But not with the Cardinal of Hong Kong.
Would like to have your take on that. Thank you.

Palmina D'Alessandro says:

I live near Shakespeare and there's a lot of theatres here also…Bishop Baron….please connect with me.

Свобода или Смърть says:

Moby dick is definetely worth the read. I gave up on it the first time i tried reading it. But boy o boy did I not make a mistake coming back to it. The story just sucked me in. Incredible book.

Jerry G says:

really interesting interview. Thomas Aquinas & Macbeth, an unusual choice but fascinating thanks Brandon & Bishop Baron

pineapplepeanuts says:

The way he was describing Moby Dick immediately triggered memories of scenes from Forrest Gump where Lt. Dan was shouting at God in the rainstorm on Forrest's shrimping boat. Perhaps there's some Melville influence in that movie.

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