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Seeds of the Word: Finding God in the Culture

January 3, 2017 by  
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Announcing Our New Book: Seeds of the Word: Finding God in the Culture

Seeds of the Word (Week 1 of 11)

We, here at the Spiritual Direction Book Club hope you and your family have enjoyed a blessed Holiday Season! It's been a while since we enjoyed your company; but we're glad you popped in today because we are so excited to announce our latest book!!!!

For the next twelve weeks,we will be – not just reading – but exploring Seeds of the Word: Finding God in the Culture by Robert Barron.

In this book, Bishop Barron devotes each chapter to some movie, book or other cultural entity, element or phenomenon, and teaches us how “seeds of the Word” can be found among them.

Here is the blurb from the back of the book:

Since the first century, Christians have detected “seeds of the Word” in the surrounding culture. No matter how charred or distorted the fragments, we can always uncover inklings of the Gospel, which can then lead people to God. Through this evocative collection of essays, Father Robert Barron finds those “seeds” in today’s most popular films, books, and current events.

How do Superman, Gran Torino, and The Hobbit illuminate the figure of Jesus? How does Bob Dylan convey the prophetic overtones of Jeremiah and Isaiah? Where can we detect the ripple of original sin in politics, sports, and the Internet culture?

Finding the “seeds of the Word” requires a new vision. This book will train you to see.

In case you’re new to the book club, I should welcome you by sharing that we tend to read in smaller chunks (approx. 25 pages per week), spreading things out a bit in order to allow time for members to complete other reading as well. This book club was not created to take over our lives; rather, to help us set some time aside for prayerful spiritual reading and contemplation.

But THIS book is a little different than books we’ve read in the past. This book has, what you might call, supplemental material. That is, if you choose to watch any of the movies, read any of the books, or look up any of the songs discussed by Bishop Barron. Feel free to cover these items each week, or keep a list so you can get to them as you have time. No doubt reviewing the material will help us to better understand the articles. But beware. Some of the material may or may not normally attract your interest. Please look up trailers or reviews to determine whether you would rather just read Bishop Barron’s lessons in some cases and let it go from there.

Below is the projected schedule for this book:


1/3 Week 1:  Foreword – Eat, Pray, Love


Vicki, Christina, Barcelona
Angels and Demons
The Stoning of Soraya M.
District 9
A Serious Man
Eat, Pray, Love

1/10 Week 2 True Grit…-The Hunger Games


True Grit (remake)
The Rite
The Exorcist
The Adjustment Bureau
Of Gods and Men
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The Ides of March
The Hunger Games

1/17 Week 3 Viva…World War Z…


For Greater Glory
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Dark Knight Rises
To Rome with Love
Les Miserables
The Great Gatsby
Man of Steel
World War Z

1/24 Week 4  Noah…-Ends and Means


The Fault in Our Stars
The Giver


Being Catholic Now: Prominent Americans Talk about Change in the Church and the Quest for Meaning by Kerry Kennedy
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
The Audacity to Hope by Barack Obama

1/31 Week 5   The Apocalypse… – The City


The Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson
The Shack by William P. Young
Hitch 22 by Christopher Hitchens
The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith by Peter Hitchens
Examined Lives by James Miller
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Bad Religion: How we Became a Nation of Heretics by Ross Douthat

2/7 Week 6  Why Faith… – In Whom…


Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith) by Pope Benedict XVI
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan
How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee by Bart Ehrman

God in Politics

2/14 Week 7  Why it… – Why Anti-Catholic

God in Politics

2/21 Week 8  We have…Judge Judy…

God in Politics
God in Culture

2/28 Week 9  Reading… – Celebrating…

God in Culture

3/7 Week 10  Why are… – Sex, Love…

God in Culture

3/14 Week 11  The Adventures… – End of Book

God in Culture

Please join us for in our exploration of the culture for “fragments” of the Word throughout the culture, perhaps in places you might least expect to find them!

Reading Assignment:

Foreword – Eat, Pray, Love

Discussion Questions:

1. Have you read Seeds of the Word, or are you familiar with Bishop Barron's Word on Fire website, where he frequently addresses cultural phenomena from a Catholic perspective? What do you think?

2. Please comment on what you might be hoping to accomplish as you join us for this book.


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About Vicki Burbach

Vicki Burbach is a wife and homeschooling mother of six children ages four to sixteen years who relishes the calm inspiration of spiritual reading amidst the roller coaster of life. A passionate convert to the Faith, Vicki is an avid reader who started the book club so she could embark with like-minded bibliophiles on a spiritual journey through some of the greatest Catholic books ever written. She is author of the new book How to Read Your Way to Heaven - A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone in Between. You can also find her at

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