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Ten Great Books for Catholics to Read

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by Julie Davis

Created (07/01/2009)
My Blog: Happy Catholic
List Creator Says: "An interesting exercise and one that had me howling with frustration at what I could not cover! :-) Here you go, in no particular order, always assuming that the Bible and the Catechism are givens. "
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In This House Of Brede

In This House Of Brede

This item received 5 stars overall.

Author:  Rumer Godden

Reviewer Says:"One of the finest authors of our time, largely forgotten, but who always wrote from a deep background of faith."
Interior Castle

The Interior Castle

 - by Saint Teresa of Jesus

This item received 5 stars overall.

Reviewer Says:"A spiritual classic for good reason. Written for her sisters in the convent and much easier to read and understand than you may have been led to believe. "
Catholic Christianity

Catholic Christianity

 - A Complete Catechism of Catholic Beliefs Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Author:  Peter J. Kreeft, Ph.D.

Reviewer Says:"Puts the muscle on the "skeleton" of the Catechism, so to speak. This is the book that I read after converting and which brought my understanding fully into line with the teachings of the Church. Eminently logical."
Pardon And Peace

Pardon And Peace

 - A Sinner's Guide To Confession

Author:  Fr. Francis Randolph

Reviewer Says:"Fantastic book about the sacrament of reconciliation (or confession as I still like to call it)."


Larry Niven
Jerry Pournelle

Reviewer Says:"Science fiction authors update Dante's Inferno. This is somewhat like Dante Lite and is a wonderful introduction to the concepts Dante wrote about. It is the book that made me take a new look at self examination and then go on to read John Ciardi's translation of Dante's Divine Comedy. Not intended as such by the authors, it is a gateway book to Dante."
Still, Small Voice

A Still, Small Voice

 - A Practical Guide On Reported Revelations

Author:  Fr. Benedict J Groeschel, C.F.R.

Reviewer Says:"Common sense, psychology, and faith as applied to discernment when it comes to apparitions. Highly recommended."
Angels of God

Angels of God

 - The Bible, The Church and The Heavenly Hosts

This item received 5 stars overall.

Author:  Mike Aquilina

Reviewer Says:"Wonderful primer about angels and their relationship to us."

Captain From Castile

Author:  Samuel Shellabarger

Reviewer Says:"The classic story of a young Spanish nobleman, Pedro de Vargas, who goes with Cortes to conquer Mexico. Rereading it, Washington Post critic and Pulitzer Prize-winner Jonathan Yardley says in his introduction he -was astonished at how well it has survived. . . . It is accurate, meticulously researched history, and it is a sympathetic, nuanced account of a young man's moral education...- Precisely."
Through a Screen Darkly

Through a Screen Darkly

Author:  Jeffrey Overstreet

Reviewer Says:"A masterful work by a noted film critic about bringing a spirit of discernment to the world of film. Overstreet invites us to consider how film as an art form affects one's soul and ultimately can be a work of God, even when it may go against what many define as "Christian." An excellent work that helps us learn discernment in our daily lives toward any sort of story telling."
Fr. McBride's Guide to the Bible

Fr. McBride's Guide to the Bible

Author:  Fr. Alfred McBride, O.Praem.

Reviewer Says:"There are several excellent guides to the Bible, among them "You Can Understand the Bible" by Peter Kreeft and "A Catholic Guide to the Bible" by Father Oscar Lukefahr. I chose this above those because it looks at all the books of the Bible in light of salvation history. An excellent guide to looking at scripture on several levels and keeping the big picture in mind."

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