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The Pivotal Players: 12 Heroes Who Shaped the Church and Changed the World

By Bishop Robert Barron

 Publication Date: September 14, 2020

 Hardcover Book  |  280 Pages  |  Full Color  |  Retail Price: $29.95

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About the new book...

In two thousand years, the Catholic Church has yielded countless saints, artists, mystics, and scholars. But among them are figures that are truly pivotal—men and women who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization.

In this vibrant book based on the multi-part film series CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players, Bishop Robert Barron draws readers into the life and work of twelve Pivotal Players—from great saints such as St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas to literary masters such as G.K. Chesterton and Flannery O’Connor—who personally demonstrated the dynamics of the Christian faith in their distinct time and place. These stories capture both the great variety of personalities and vocations in the Catholic Church and the harmonies between them, all oriented to its ultimate purpose: to be salt and light for all the nations.

Elegantly designed with full-color images and photography, The Pivotal Players book is a unique journey into the truth and beauty of Catholicism as exemplified in the concrete lives of some of its most fascinating figures.

A look inside...

Full color interior with a chapter on each of the twelve Pivotal Players from Bishop Barron's epic film series:
St. Augustine
St. Francis of Assisi
St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Catherine of Siena
St. Ignatius of Loyola
St. John Henry Newman
G.K. Chesterton
Flannery O'Connor
Fulton J. Sheen
St. Benedict
Bartolomé de las Casas

Classical art featured alongside photos from the Word on Fire production trips to film the Pivotal Players episodes.

A visually-engaging experience to enhance your understanding of these twelve individuals who shaped the course of civilization and the beauty of the Church.

What people are saying...

“Bishop Robert Barron is arguably the greatest Catholic communicator of our times. In The Pivotal Players, we meet the men and women whose lives animate Bishop Barron’s words—and who can motivate each of us to live the adventure of our faith in new and unexpected ways.”

– Arthur C. Brooks, PhD
Professor of Public Leadership, Harvard University, and bestselling author of Love Your Enemies 

“This is a beautiful book. Peace and strength waft up from its pages as you read and turn them and gaze at the vivid, vibrant pictures. It is the fresh air of Catholic culture that you are breathing in, not as an abstract idea, but through the lives of the enlightened men and women who—
differently but always freshly in every age—embody the exquisite truths of Jesus’ Gospel.”

– Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, OSB
Abbot of Mount Angel Abbey

“In this beautifully illustrated and captivating book, Bishop Barron draws our attention to twelve heroic figures, from St. Augustine to Flannery O’Connor. The Pivotal Players is a powerful and welcome reminder that the truths of the faith are not limited to the abstractions of theology and philosophy but have also been made manifest in the particular lives of our greatest theologians, artists, mystics, and saints.”

– Jennifer Frey
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of South Carolina 

“The Pivotal Players in this book captivate the imagination, stir the heart, and inspire a life filled with love of God and love of neighbor. Bishop Barron’s winsome text is accompanied by lavish art that brings to life twelve fascinating figures from diverse cultures and times. If I ran the world, this book of heroes would be required reading in every parish, in every classroom, and in every home. Get a copy for yourself and share a copy with a ‘none’ whom you love.”

– Christopher Kaczor
Professor of Philosophy Professor of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University, and author of The Seven Big Myths about the Catholic Church 

“Bishop Robert Barron is a baseball fan, which is the ultimate demonstration that he’s a very smart man. He’s also a virtuoso evangelist and the best guide to the beauty and truth of the Catholic tradition I’ve ever known. This book is Barron in his element, so settle in and allow him to introduce you, or re-introduce you, to the Pivotal Players in the Catholic game. Play ball!”
– John Allen, Jr.
President of Crux and Senior Vatican Analyst for CNN

“In this book Bishop Robert Barron provides us with a wonderful introduction to a symphony of witnesses to Christ, each in their respective intellectual genius and spirituality. In doing so he gives a portal into the splendor of the truth of the Catholic faith as a religion of truth, beauty, and goodness.”
– Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP
Thomistic Institute, Angelicum 

Plus Get 2 FREE All New Pivotal Players Films!
Easily watch on your computer, phone, tablet, and TV.

Ad maiorem Dei gloriam (To the greater glory of God) is the motto asso­ciated with St. Ignatius of Loyola and the order that he founded, the Society of Jesus. His passion to become a courtier, soldier, and advisor to royalty became, under the influence of grace, a passion to serve Christ—all the way, holding nothing back. And through his establishment of the Jesuit order and his masterpiece, The Spiritual Exercises, this soldier fighting for the glory of God changed the world.

Bartolomé de las Casas is one of the most powerfully prophetic figures in the history of the Catholic Church. A witness to the terrible destruction of the indigenous peoples of the newly discovered Americas, he became a thorn in the side of the complacent, passionately advocating for human dignity and courageously speaking out against injustice. Las Casas anticipated modern social and political movements by hundreds of years, and vividly reminds us today that a commitment to justice is an essential dimension of Christian discipleship.

About the author...

Bishop Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester. He is also the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic Faith, which aired on public television.

Bishop Barron is a #1 Amazon bestselling author and has published numerous books, essays, and articles on theology and the spiritual life. He is a religion correspondent for NBC and has also appeared on FOX News, CNN, and EWTN.

Bishop Barron's pioneering work in evangelizing through the new media led Francis Cardinal George to describe him as “one of the Church's best messengers."


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