The Strangest Way

  • The Strangest Way
  • The Strangest Way

The Strangest Way


Is Christianity a bland, domesticated religion, unthreatening and easy to grasp? Or is it the most exotic, unexpected, and uncanny of the religious paths? For the mystics and saints—and for Bishop Robert Barron who discovered Christianity through them—it is surely the strangest way. "At its very center," writes Bishop Barron, "is a God who comes after us with a reckless abandon, breaking open his own heart in love in order to include us in the rhythm of his own life."

In this book, Bishop Barron lays out three basic paths of the spiritual life:  Finding the Center; Knowing You Are A Sinner; and Realizing Your Life is Not About You.  He also provides practical approaches to enhance your journey along these three paths.

“Barron’s faith breathes, bleeds passion, stirs fire, puts its neck on the line, stands for something.  At its center is the luminous flesh of the Crucified One calling us to practice what we claim to be, to walk in the Way that is at once wacky and wondrous, gritty yet grace-laden through and through.”
--Michael Downey, author of Altogether Gift: A Trinitarian Spirituality

“I could hardly put it down.  Fr. Barron’s challenging book is the radical Gospel message expressed in his own unique way.  Splendid in every way!”
--Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O., editor of The Intimate Merton

Publisher: Orbis Books
Page Count: 176
ISBN: 978-1570754081
Publication Date: April 9, 2002

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Study individually or in a Group

You can watch the Untold Blessing DVD and then probe more deeply into Bishop Barron’s message by using the companion Study Guide, which is divided into sections that correspond to each part of Bishop Barron's presentation. The Study Guide was written by Catholic author Mark P. Shea, under the direction and approval of Bishop Barron.

Each section provides “Questions for Understanding" based on the DVD presentation and references from Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and “Questions for Reflection" that help you reflect on how the material is relevant to your own life and experience.

For group study, you can present the program in eight 90-minute sessions.  Each session includes DVD viewing and small group discussion of Study Guide questions.  Participants should prepare the questions on their own after viewing the DVD but before the small group discussion.

The Leader’s Kit provides essential resources for lay discussion leaders, including the DVD, lessons, facilitator guide, answer key, and the companion book by Bishop Barron, The Strangest Way. In addition, leaders can access free, downloadable promotional materials and other tools using the “Support Materials” tab above.

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Sample Lesson (PDF)


Table of Contents (PDF)




Bishop Robert Barron's Other Study Programs

Compare the different study programs and decide which is best for you by visiting the Study Programs page.


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     "Managing Challenging Personalities" Powerpoint