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I was born Catholic. As a cradle Catholic, I was lucky enough to attend Catholic school
through every stage of my academic career. I was also lucky enough to have parents that taught their children to attend Mass every Sunday and simply to embrace our faith. I will confess though, I learned much more when I sought answers for the sake of learning: am I Catholic because I was brought up to be, or am I Catholic because I see the truth in the teaching. These books, for me personally, helped me see the truth in Catholic teaching.
A Philadelphia Catholic in a King James Court
So much information in this fictional framework. Incredibly easy to read, and taught me so much about where Catholic teachings can be found in Scripture. I definitely recommend this is you have Christian friends who sometimes question Catholic teaching.
Did Adam and Eve Have Belly Buttons?
Another great reference book. This book sparked a debate once between my “non-denominational” friend and I about venial and mortal sins. This book also provides references to Scripture.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Honestly, I was given at least one copy of this years ago when I taught “CCD”. I don’t know what happened to it. It’s such an excellent resource to have and I need to purchase another one!
Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux
I have yet to read this whole work. I often read it during Eucharistic Adoration. I loved reading the part where Saint Therese’ talked about how much she loved snow! As a teacher, I used to pray for snow days just as much as the students! I would often ask Saint Therese’ to pray for them too – after all, she did say she loved snow :)!
Saint Gianna Molla: Wife, Mother, Doctor
Reading this book not only helped me know more about Saint Gianna, but really implanted a fondness of her husband as well. He loved her so dearly! I also found relief when he shared how he and Saint Gianna wondered if they would ever love any child as much as they loved their first born. He assured me, “don’t worry, your heart grows!!!”
Sisters: Catholic Nuns and the Making of America
If you read my post The Truth About Nuns, Healthcare and America and found it interesting – this is the book where I learned about at least two of the impressive accomplishments I discussed. I will warn you though, it’s thick. I read it because as a graduate student, it was assigned to me. I did find it fascinating though!
Led by Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide (Left to Tell)
I mentioned this book before (Recommended Reading). I can’t tell you enough about how much I LOVE Immaculee’s testimony. I still have to read her first book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust. That will be in my home and by my bedside soon! Thank God she met the late Wayne Dyer and he convinced her to write her story!
There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem
Speaking of Wayne Dyer, this is the book that first introduced me to him. Although not “Catholic” in pure form, I loved this book and it made me want to read more of his work. The first part of the book, for me, wasn’t as great as the second. In the second part, Dyer takes each part of the prayer of Saint Francis and really “breaks it down”. For those who are interested in meditation, I used the Rosary and this Dyer work, Getting in the Gap: Making Conscious Contact with God Through Meditation (Book & CD), when I taught high school students about meditation. In Getting in the Gap, Wayne Dyer uses the Our Father to guide the listener (CD is included) in meditating.
Heaven is For Real
I love this book. Although not written by a Catholic, I saw Catholic teaching shine through what this young boy witnessed. I especially like the end when little Colton is asked a question about the Blessed Mother. His answer confirms our beliefs!
33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat In Preparation for Marian Consecration
I just finished this on the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel! It was excellent!! Not only was it broken down into just the right amount of reading I could manage each evening, it also taught me so much! I learned a lot about the four saints Gaitley discusses and came to a much deeper understanding of Our Lady’s role in salvation.
I absolutely loved Left to Tell and I’ve also read Heaven is Real. I’ll absolutely check out some of your other suggestions. Thanks for sharing!.
Thank you Brittany!
Leana Bowler says
Great books suggestions Amy!!! I loved My Sisters the Saints!!!
Thanks Leana! I started it before 33 Days to Morning Glory . . . so now I gotta get back to it!
I have read only half of these, thank you for adding to my TBR pile. I am sure it isn’t big enough yet – LOL.
Haha . . . mine too!!!
As someone that is not Catholic (I was raised Baptist and then Methodist) but has questioned some of her beliefs and where she “fits”, I find this a worthwhile list of books to look into to possible help guide and create some direction for me. Thanks for sharing them!
You are very welcome Hope! Sometimes I just ask God if he can send me the most obvious signs when I am confused haha! I think we focus on our differences to much! Bottom line, JESUS LOVES US SO MUCH . . . right!? I certainly hope at least one of these books gives you lots of hope and peace of mind! Thank you so much for sharing a little of your journey with me!! By the way – I love your name!!
Jennifer O says
Amazing list Definitely saving for future reference!
Thank you Jennifer!
I love Sisters: Catholic Nuns and the Making of America! I found it browsing the shelves of my extremely liberal college library back in undergrad. It was so enlightening! I hadn’t heard many of the stories in it, and I loved the bit about how the Mayo Clinic came to be.
My Sisters the Saints is another favorite of mine too!
My mom loved Rome Sweet Home by Scott Hahn went she was converting, and I found it helpful to read to better understand the stuggle Protestants have with the Catholic Church.
I still have to finish My Sisters the Saints.
Funny, I just explained to our Confirmation class that the Catechism is not a book to read cover to cover! Instead, take it topic by topic, especially as questions about faith arise.
I have read a couple of these – Heaven is for Real was much better in book form than movie form. My Sisters the Saints was good. And, while not sure if I read “Left to tell,” I have read a couple other books and loved them!
Thank you Anni!