Salvation: What Every Catholic Should Know
At every Sunday Mass, Catholics confess that Jesus came down from heaven “for us men and for our salvation.”
But what does “salvation” mean? In this robust and accessible book, Scripture scholar and theologian Michael Patrick Barber provides a thorough, deeply Catholic, and deeply biblical, answer.
He deftly tackles this complex topic, unpacking what the New Testament teaches about salvation in Christ, detailing what exactly salvation is, and what it is not. In easy and readable prose, he explains what the Cross, the Church, and the Trinity have to do with salvation.
While intellectually stimulating, Salvation: What Every Catholic Should Know is deeply spiritual, and at its core is the salvific message that God is love, and his love is one of transformation and redemption.
Softcover, 208 pages
Just started reading it. Good so far
So many great things to say about this book. Michael Barber expounds God's word and shows its coherence with Church teaching, great saints, and Church fathers. Far from simply learning, use this book as an opportunity to reflect on God's work in your own life. There's such an obvious concept weaved into chapter 5 that is sobering but also full of hope for those who trust our Lord: "God's decree is not contrary to reality. God does what he declares--he declares believers righteous because he makes them righteous." Whether Catholic or Protestant, Barber will show you how salvation is so much more than we typically reduce it to.
I thought this book provided a concisely Catholic, biblical, and accessible answer that explains what the Church, the Cross and the trinity have to do with salvation. The core message that God is love, and his love is one of transformation and redemption, leading us to salvation.