Suggested Books

  • 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’re 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.
  • 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!

This list could go on and on. If you have books that you recommend I read, please let me know!

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