Books

The importance of reading good books cannot be understated. That is why someone wrote “Those who do not read have no advantage over those who cannot.” This is all the more true for those who wish to grow in the love of God and neighbor. Reading good books helps us hear God. That is why Saint Ambrose once said, “When we pray, we address God; when we read, we hear God.” Reading good books inspires us to think good thoughts. That is why Saint Jerome said, “Endeavor to have always in your hand a pious book, that with this shield you may defend yourself against bad thoughts.” So it’s clear that reading good books is essential for those who wish to become wise in the ways of faith. Below are some suggested titles for your consideration:

BOOKS FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

The Life of Christ” by Fulton J Sheen

One Lord, One Faith” by Vernon Johnson

Monsignor Johnson, a former Anglican minister and Catholic convert through reading and encountering the life and powerful witness of St. Therese of Lisieux, presents a systematic, clear and convincing treatment based on solid Scriptural evidence for the case that there is only one Lord, one faith and one baptism.

Books for those who want to grow in their faith:

The Story of a Soul” by St. Therese of Lisieux

Theology for Beginners” by Frank Sheed

The Imitation of Christ” by Thomas à Kempis

Introduction to the Devout Life” by Saint Francis de Sales: — on-line PDF version

Books for those who want more detailed explanations of Church teaching:

Catechism of the Catholic ChurchVatican Provided Catechism in English

Catholicism and Fundamentalism” by Karl Keating

Jesus of Nazareth” by Pope Benedict XVI

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