A Heart on Fire begins by noting that our present culture is not conducive to public Christian conflagrations. The current tenor of our news media as the cultural mouthpiece seeks for the privatization religion and its removal from the public square. In such an environment, Chaput notes that Jesus calls us to be leaven in the world by renewing our country’s “best ideals.” Such an enterprise will not be accomplished through a nostalgic reminiscence upon bygone eras, but rather through a dramatic and transformative reshaping of our lives according to a real belief in, commitment to and love for Jesus Christ. Such a reshaping of our lives will propel us to act on what we believe in the public square of our culture. In short, A Heart on Fire urges Catholics and Protestants alike to experience real conversion so that the world around us may also come to experience the same.
Thanks to Edelweis and Waterbrook Multnomah for the complimentary review copy.