Good secular books

I’m looking for some good secular books (that support Catholicism and morality) that I can slip into my secular book club. Has anyone read some lately?

Books should be novels between 200-400 pages published within the last couple years.

Well, this probably isn’t what you had in mind, but I have to throw out many novels by Dean Koontz. From the Corner of His Eye, One Door Away from Heaven, the Darkest Evening of the Year, THE FACE (the best). Some have more Catholicism than others (and never in a bad light), the morality is clear, never shaded, and it’s just a good read. Again, not what you’re looking for, but I couldn’t pass up an endorsement.

Thanks! I’ll look into it!

I am currently reading Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand. I can’t recomend it highly enough. While I have heard that the author was a Godless athiest, the book is chock full of moral implications. One thing though, it is a looooong book, 1084 pages. Great read though.

Hmmm - Another Catholic friend of mine recommended that book just a couple weeks ago … I still have memories of my friends reading it in high school (I never did) and then being “enlightened” and leaving the church. It always seemed like a dangerous book to me - or maybe just dangerous for young minds???

C.S. Lewis books are worth looking into.

Try the short stories of Flannery O’Connor.

Yes, you may be correct. The authors phylosophy comes across as very hard and selfish. It is a Hard Right view of capitolism. The authors basic principle is that the profit of a man’s labor belongs to him alone. The book is very anti union / socialist / communist.

You know, the more I think about it, I don’t see how reading Atlas Shrugged would pull someone from the Church. Personally, the book has inspired me a little ( in the area of strengthening my work ethic ) . The only conflict I see that it would have with the Church would be the lack of mention about charity and its praise of materialism. There is almost no mention to Christianity but the author does seem to detest Relativism and mediocrity.

I would recommend Pierced by a Sword, Conceived without Sin and House of Gold by Bud Macfarlane.

Michael O’Brien’s novels.

Second Dean Koontz, the “ODD” books :thumbsup:

Of course, Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, Chesterton’s novels - but, I think those are too old for your club’s guidelines.

The author also detests any form of charity. That comes through particularly clear in the Fountainhead. Objectivism is not a Christian philosophy; its a philosophy of “I’ll get mine and screw everybody else. Somehow this leads to utopia.”

I haven’t read Fountainhead, but I don’t doubt that you are right. Rand does seem to have been a very hard woman. But if her language were softened a bit … well, if everyone worked ( honestly and rightously) twords their own best intrests, you might get closer to utopia than other systems might. I don’t know her reason for her dislike of charity. I don’t like it either, that is, who wants to be needy? I am not against providing charity though. I do agree with her on the values of hard, honest work, competition, personal excellence, and profits to the profitable. Her lack of any religous philosophy does leave her final conclusions wanting. That " God shaped hole" that is in everyone is never satisfied in her characters, nor is it mentioned. The lack of any spirituality keeps her characters swimming in the shallow end of the pool.

Latinmasslover is so right in recommending Dean Koontz’s books. I have not read one that does not contain moral issues, a Catholic view, etc. and his writing is fantastic! You might also try Anne Rice’s books: “Christ the Lord”. She has embraced her Catholicism after many years of being an atheist. These are interesting reads.

Dean Koontz hands down lol. Best author out there! The Odd Thomas series is good… and I’ve also read “The Husband” also good. =]

Another Dean Koontz fan here. Yes, his Odd Thomas series is actually very spiritual.

I love Catherine Marshall’s books “Christy” and “Julie.”

Christy (set in 1910 Tennessee) was published in the 1960s, Julie (set in 1930s Pennsylvania) in the 1980s, but they are both timeless classics about young Christian women embracing life and love head-on.

OOH OOH OOH!!! I just LOVED “The Secret Cardinal” by Tom Grace! It was very Tom Clancy-ish, with a great deal of Chinese/American intrigue, and a very holy man thrown in the mix!

I am a voracious (and picky) reader, and I couldn’t put it down. For slipping in Catholic themes…it was fantastic!:thumbsup:

You might enjoy Regina Doman’s Fairy Tale Novels.

:thumbsup: They’re set in contemporary times and have a wonderful mixture of drama, mystery, danger, and romance.

:thumbsup: Strong Catholic themes, but not preachy.

The first one in the series is called “The Shadow of the Bear”. Here’s the link to it on Amazon:

There’s more info about all four books at

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