Book recommendations.


#1

Greetings,

I’m not sure if this is the best place to post this, but I’ll give it a shot. I’m trying to learn more about our faith and I would like to purchase a book or two to get me started. I have the Catechism and I’m looking things up there when I have questions. Other than a Bible, that is the extent of my Catholic library. Any recommendations on where to start.

Here are a couple of topics I’ve been looking at on Amazon.com:

  1. The Mass - there are a couple of books I’ve been looking at including one by Scott Hahn (which I’m sure is great but also seems quite intense) and one by Michael Dubriel.
  2. The Rosary - there are many books on this topic. Any recommended ones?
  3. Augustine’s Confessions - I eventually want to read this but I’m kind of intimidated by it. It seems very intense for where I’m at right now in my faith.

A little background that may help in any recommendations. I was raised Catholic, but became somewhat apathetic through my mid-to-late 20s. I’m 31 now, and I am very excited about renewing my commitment to the faith.

Any help would be appreciated.

God bless,
Bryan


#2

Have you perused Catholicism For Dummies ?


Good book for beginners written by two priest.


#3

Hey Bryan!

Our situations sound exactly alike, and I just want to wish you best of luck with your search for information and say welcome “back”! I read a good book once called “Why DO Catholoics do That?”, it anwsers some questions about traditions and practices I never even knew to ask. I’m interested to see which books are suggested so I can take a look too.

c


#4

[quote=bscastro]Greetings,

I’m not sure if this is the best place to post this, but I’ll give it a shot. I’m trying to learn more about our faith and I would like to purchase a book or two to get me started. I have the Catechism and I’m looking things up there when I have questions. Other than a Bible, that is the extent of my Catholic library. Any recommendations on where to start.

Here are a couple of topics I’ve been looking at on Amazon.com:

  1. The Mass - there are a couple of books I’ve been looking at including one by Scott Hahn (which I’m sure is great but also seems quite intense) and one by Michael Dubriel.
  2. The Rosary - there are many books on this topic. Any recommended ones?
  3. Augustine’s Confessions - I eventually want to read this but I’m kind of intimidated by it. It seems very intense for where I’m at right now in my faith.

A little background that may help in any recommendations. I was raised Catholic, but became somewhat apathetic through my mid-to-late 20s. I’m 31 now, and I am very excited about renewing my commitment to the faith.

Any help would be appreciated.

God bless,
Bryan
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The Lambs Supper by Scott Hahn is not that difficult to understand. It is very simple. I am currently reading The Incredible Catholic Mass by Fr. Cochem and it is good. This might be a little ahead of where you are now, I don’t know though. It was written for the lay people.

Augustines confessions are not hard to read for the first nine chapters. It is just the story of his conversion and it is partly written in prayer form. The last four chapters are tough because he gets into some doctrine. But the book is very good. I atleast recommend that you read the first ninne chapters.


#5

from Our Sunday Visitor: How to Book of the Mass, How To Book of Catholic Devotions, and How to Book on the Bible and scripture study. Also the Family Catechism, Teen Catechism or College Catechism, all by Fr. McBride, depending on your age level, succinct clear exposition of each section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Catholicism for Dummies, at any chain bookstore or Catholic book catalog.

Pillar of Fire Pillar of Truth from CA homepage

Get a Catechism of the Catholic church from any bookstore or Catholic catalog, because these other books will make reference to the various sections.


#6

I just recently bought some books to read about the faith myself. The Mass of the Early Christians by Mike Aquilina is interesting because it explores the Mass from the perspective of the first Christians, and you can see how the Catholic Mass transcends all 2000 years of its existence.

I also bought Augustine’s Confessions, but am a little intimidated. I think I will read it after I finish the other books I want to read.

Best of luck!


#7

The best book that I know of about the rosary is The Secret of the Rosary by St. Louis De Montfort. It’s pretty short and very beautiful.


#8

Besides learning about the rosary you will also learn a great deal about prayer and the church and it’s history in this phenomenal book by Kevin Orlin Johnson, PhD

Rosary: Mysteries, Meditations and the Telling of the Beads.

It’s available at amazon. God bless.


#9

I really like *Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic *by David Currie. —KCT


#10

A couple of books I’ve been reading:

2 by Fr. James T. O’Connor:
The Hidden Manna
The Father’s Son

Scott Hahn:
The Lambs Supper
Spirit and Liturgy
The Ignatius Study Bibles (various volumes)

William A. Jurgens
The Faith of the Early Fathers (3 volumes)

Pope John Paul II
Crossing The Threshold of Hope
Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way

I haven’t finished all of them, but each of them are valuable to me.


#11

Edward Sri’s “The Rosary in Scripture” is a fantastic book that relates the rosary with its biblical background.

Wonderful read!!!

Notworthy


#12

Thank you all for the book recommendations. I’m not sure which one I will get since there were so many good recommendations, but it helped to narrow it down a bit.

Thanks again,
Bryan


#13

The new Compendeum
[amazon.com/gp/product/1574557203/

Socretes meets Jesus - this is great
[amazon.com/gp/product/0830823387/

Christian Apologetics
[amazon.com/gp/product/0830817743/

The Lambs Supper
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#14

[quote=NotWorthy]Edward Sri’s “The Rosary in Scripture” is a fantastic book that relates the rosary with its biblical background.

Wonderful read!!!

Notworthy
[/quote]

That’s the one I was going to recommend. I heard him talk on the rosary and bought his book. I loaned it to a friend and had to practically wrestle her to get it back!! It is an easy read, too.


#15

[quote=sconea]Besides learning about the rosary you will also learn a great deal about prayer and the church and it’s history in this phenomenal book by Kevin Orlin Johnson, PhD

Rosary: Mysteries, Meditations and the Telling of the Beads.

It’s available at amazon. God bless.
[/quote]

A magnificent book!


#16

One that hasn’t been mentioned is Frank Sheed’s Theology for Beginners; it’s an extremely helpful book for beginning to learn the depths of our Catholic Faith.


#17

I second the suggestion of Catholicism For Dummies. It covers almost anything you could ask about and is very reliable.

Betsy


#18

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