The beauty―the splendor―of things may depend ontologically on their goodness, truth, and being, but it is their beauty that awakens us to them. The splendor of truth draws us to the truthful.
In the seventeen essays and lectures collected in this book, Bishop Barron shows, in vivid detail, how our Christian faith needs to focus primarily on God our Father and Creator, shown through his Son and Word Jesus Christ, in the light of the Holy Spirit.
This is a book for preachers, catechists, and faithful who wish to develop a Eucharistic and Biblical way of thinking that responds, not primarily to argumentation, but to the glory of God.
The most colorful chapter is the final one, "Christ in Cinema," in which Bishop Barron shows how the figure of Christ is depicted in "Babette's Feast," "The Shawshank Redemption," and "Gran Torino." The most lyrical passage is the claim that the best image of God in the bible is the burning bush, which is on fire but not destroyed: "The closer the true God comes to the creature, the more radiant and beautiful the creature becomes."
The book was written to renew our hope, that is, to diagnose a turbulent situation in our Church and our culture, and to show what can be done in response to it.