Quite a collection here, including some already mentioned…
I was going to mention both of these, but I didn’t want to give too many suggestions all in one post.
Or Introduction To the Devout Life, by St. Francis de Sales.
Do you know how many pages that is by any chance?
The treatise is very long indeed, probably six months of reading!
You’re a brilliant guy, Joe! due to a very short attention span, I am far better off with wisdom in daily morsels. So, these are more suited to me. I have a shelf of partially read books, so day-by-day is just better for me. For example, I have not even finished reading the title of the Summa Theologica…
The paperback I have goes to 245 pages. I got the one with the preface by Archbishop Edward Egan.
Fr Christopher Jamieson’s books are well worth reading (he’s a very good speaker too). I’d also add anything by Thomas Merton (start with The Seven Story Mountain) or Ronald Knox.
I think I will also mention the works of Fr Frederick Faber, who not only wrote a number of hymns, but a number of books. I love his hymns and have dipped into his books.
He wrote about the dangers of letter-writing, as it is so easy to shade the truth to make the recounting of events in one’s life a little more… funny, important, touching, etc.
And now we have FB …
Any book by Fr Raniero Cantalamessa , Preacher to the Papal Household , chosen by Pope John Paul II , and retained by Pope Benedict and Pope Francis .
Summa Theologica was included in my philosophy class. I am an English major, so we study history and philosophy as part of our degree.
Most of my friends were confused because they were not Catholic. So I remember that I described most of the information to my classmates and told them about the Catholic faith. It’s a bit long, but a brilliant read!
Thanks friends! Now it’s time to go to library to pick up the books… but I just hope that there will be books.
I live in South Korea and religious books are not really available in our country. I read many books (or compilation of his letters, etc.) in Korean as I speak Korean fluently, along with fluent English. So I might buy some books online instead.
I felt many feelings of desolations because the resources in this country are lesser than other regions, especially North America. I studied in Canada for 10 years and I was always able to find books in my university’s library. My main language is English so this causes more problems in S. Korea.
I am very excited! Thank you all.
Dynamic Catholic has many good religious books, and plenty are free you just have to pay shipping per book. So it’s like $5.99 a book
I’ve gotten a handful of books from them, I recommend checking it out if you want cheap, quality Catholic books
Poem of Man God by Maria Valthortha.
Does anybody have a recommendation for a fairly modern book on the history of the Church?
How in depth are you wanting to go? Alan Schreck’s Compact History of the Catholic Church is nice, but it is quite brief.
I actually like the Didache series textbook on Church history a lot. It’s a bit pricey, but quite comprehensive.
In-depth but not academic.
I’d still recommend the Didache textbook. It is a textbook, but it is a high school textbook. So I think it does fit in the category of being substantial, but not overly academic.
Fr. John Laux has a Church History book that goes to present day, where “present day” is 1940. So it’s good for everything but the last 80 years.
Now that I check my bookshelf, I see another good one might be James Hitchcock’s History of the Catholic Church. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s from 2012, published by Ignatius Press, and is over 500 pages. So I would venture to guess this might fit well with what you’re looking for.