- Catechism of the Catholic Church: This book will tell you anything and everything that the Catholic Church believes (kind of like a systematic theology book, but less dated). You can also access the catechism for free online Here. I’ll warn you… it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing site.
- Rome Sweet Home (Scott Hahn): This book is about a Protestant pastor/theologian and his wife’s journey to Catholicism. Both had completed their advanced theology degrees from Gordon-Conwell before starting this process.
- The Priest is Not His Own (Ven. Abp. Fulton Sheen): Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen writes so beautifully about the priesthood. Even if you are not a priest or discerning the priesthood, reading this book will help you to better understand the role of the priest, and teach you how to support your priest.
- Treasure in Clay (Ven. Abp. Fulton Sheen): This is Ven. Abp. Fulton Sheen’s autobiography, and is a great story of his priesthood. If you are discerning Holy Orders, this is a great resource.
- The Fourth Cup: Unveiling the Mystery of the Last Supper and the Cross (Scott Hahn): I have this book, but I’ve not read it yet. I’ve heard Scott Hahn discuss this, and it blew my mind!
Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper (Brant Pitre): I have this book, but I’ve not read it yet. My good friend, Fr. Mark, said that this is one of his top three books, “to take over the world.”
Can You Drink the Cup? (Henri J. M. Nouwen): This is a beautiful book about consuming the cup. It was intended for priests, but all Christians can apply the concepts in this book to their spiritual lives.
The Way: The Essential Classic of Opus Dei’s Founder (Josemaría Escrivá): Saint Josemaria Escriva provided 999 short truths that everyone should contemplate. One of my favorites, “Don’t say: ‘That’s the way I’m made… it’s my character’. It’s your lack of character: Esto Vir! (Be a man!)”
The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi (Ungolino di Monte Santa Maria): Beautiful stories about the life of Saint Francis of Assisi
Introduction to the Devout Life (Francis De Sales): Saint and Doctor, Francis De Sales, gives wonderful advice on how to live a devout life. Definitely worth a read!
Upon This Rock: St. Peter and the Primacy of Rome in Scripture and the Early Church (Stephen K. Ray): This is an advanced book that demonstrates the primacy of Peter (i.e. Papacy) and Rome through an in depth hermeneutical analysis of Scripture and and history. If you are going to read this book, it is imperative to read the footnotes!
This list could go on and on. If you have books that you recommend I read, please let me know!