30 Good Books!
Absolutely Essential Reading
After the Gospels themselves, this is the first book to read if you want to encounter Jesus Christ as he lived and walked among us.
This is an inspiring compendium of the central doctrines of the Christian faith. Sheed makes the profound truths of theology understandable and exciting reading.
Sort of a sequel to Theology for Beginners, this volume shows the practical aspects of theology in the life of a Christian believer. Logic, clarity, simplicity – it’s classic Frank Sheed.
This is the only Bible translation that uses standard (non-feminist) English and is in conformity with the Church’s translation guidelines found in Liturgiam Authenticam.
Even after all of the modern “revisions” of the bible that are now available to Catholics, the Douay-Rheims version, (the only Catholic English bible in use for almost 400 years) is the very best ever produced.
This edition of the New Testament includes commentary drawn from Eastern and Western fathers of the Church, Vatican II, the Catechism, various spiritual authors, et al.
The first new compendium of Catholic doctrine in more than 400 years, the second edition of the Catechism stands as “a sure norm for teaching the faith” and an “authentic reference text.”
Ordered by the Council of Trent (1546-63) this catechism has lost none of its authority, and is often clearer than the new catechism in its exposition of doctrine. Read both together!
This one-volume encyclopedia tells exactly what the Church teaches on any particular topic and gives the sources from Scripture, Councils, Popes, and the Fathers and Doctors of the Church.
A delightful read! Chesterton tells, in his inimitable, soaring prose, of his earth-shaking discovery that orthodoxy is the only satisfactory answer to the perplexing riddle of the universe.
Includes a handful of rational proofs for the existence of God. Kreeft does a fine job of making these philosophical arguments easily accessible.
A thorough defense of the Catholic doctrines most often attacked by Protestants. Special emphasis is given to the scriptural basis for Catholic doctrines and beliefs.
Liturgy and the Eucharist
This book is written for anyone interested in the Church’s liturgy, and the controversies surrounding the liturgical renewal. It is a good primer for those who lack the theological and liturgical expertise to articulate their dissatisfaction with the state of the liturgy.
Pope Benedict XVI’s work will help readers to rediscover the Liturgy in all its hidden spiritual wealth and transcendent grandeur.
Drawing on the teachings of St. Thomas, this book takes the reader step-by-step into the deepest mysteries of the Eucharist – an exhilarating journey into the heart of the Faith.
This is Chesterton’s whole view of world history as informed by the Incarnation. Here is the genius of Chesterton at its delightful best.
A brawling, colorful history full of pageantry and spirited polemic, Triumph will exhilarate, amuse, and infuriate as it extols the glories of Catholic history.
This series is the only comprehensive narration of Western history written from the Catholic perspective still in print. Thoroughly researched, heavily documented, entertaining narrative.
The author explores the lost world of common moral truths – what we all really know about right and wrong. A good introduction to Natural Law theory.
Pinckaers’s Thomistic view emphasizes the pursuit of happiness as the heart of the Christian moral life. This book reorients moral thinking.
Before he became Pope John Paul II, Karol Wojtyla produced a remarkably eloquent and resourceful defense of Catholic tradition in the sphere of family life and sexual morality.
St. Thomas Aquinas
Acclaimed as the best book ever written on Aquinas by many, this brilliant biography will completely capture the reader and leave him desirous of reading Aquinas’ own works.
This book is the most intelligent, clear, and useful access to St. Thomas in print. Includes a useful glossary of philosophical terms and an index.
If you want to plunge deeper into St. Thomas’ work, Gilson presents the sweeping range and organic unity of Thomistic philosophical thought.
Spiritual and Devotional
After the Bible, the Imitation is the all-time favorite book of Catholics for over 500 years. It speaks to the soul of the shortness of time, the length of eternity, and the brevity of earthly joy as compared to the eternity of happiness with God.
Here, expressed with all her spontaneity and fervor, are the great themes of this doctor of the Church’s spirituality: confidence and love, “the little way,” abandonment to God’s merciful love.
In this intensely personal narrative, one of the great works of Western literature, Augustine relates his struggle against lust, his renunciation of secular ambition, and the recovery of the Catholic faith aided by the prayers of his mother Monica.
An historical novel about Catholics living under the reign of Queen Elizabeth in 17th Century England. Descriptions of profound insight into the physical and spiritual suffering of one persecuted and tortured for the faith. Read everything by Msgr. Benson.
Widely regarded as the greatest work of English literature in the twentieth century, the Lord of the Rings is, to quote Tolkien himself, “a fundamentally Catholic work.”
Dostoevsky writes with a feeling for the human condition unsurpassed in world literature.