I heartily recommend It’s All Too Much! by Peter Walsh. On the surface, this book is about clutter and organization. But Mr. Walsh is actually making a case for avoiding materialism. I think that it would be ideal if people could read this book while they are young and make a decision to avoid the quest for acquiring more and more possessions. I love this book and I’ve read it several times. It’s changed my whole attitude towards my possessions.
I highly recommend Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ron Sider. It’s an old book (revised now), but it really makes young people think hard about their life goals and aspirations. Here’s a link: amazon.com/Rich-Christians-Age-Hunger-Expanded/dp/0877849773
Along the same lines, get the More With Less Cookbook by Doris Jantzen Longacre. Get the spiral-bound version. If you google this, you will find many testimonials about this great cookbook that encourages people to use food lovingly and work to stop hunger in the world. Longacre is a Mennonite, BTW, and she died before she finished writing the cookbook. RIP.
I recommend Dr. James Dobson’s Love Must Be Tough. This book is incredible, phenomenal, and very powerful. I wish more Catholics (especially on CAF!) would read it. Dr. Dobson, who is a clinical psychologist, btw, not a pastor, describes how many marriages end up on the rocks because spouses inadvertantly drive their spouse away by their clinging, desperate behavior. He describes methods to win your spouse back again, tough methods that some might question, but there is so much wisdom in Dr. Dobson’s advice. I think that the best time to read this book is long before you get married or are even in a relationship, because the principles apply to other relationships as well. Here’s a link: amazon.com/Love-Must-Be-Tough-Marriages/dp/141431745X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1282503889&sr=1-1
One book I really enjoy is Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon by Ghiglieri and Myers. Why on earth would you give this book to people who might never visit the Grand Canyon?! Because it teaches the value of preparedness, a principle that applies to all areas of our lives, including our faith. It’s also very entertaining.
There’s a whole series of wonderful little books called Eat This Not That by David Zinczenko. These are great books to help all of us make better choices. The one we have applies to eating out, but there are other versions for all kinds of eating situations. Very useful books for both cooks and those who never cook.
I hope some of these non-fiction titles are helpful for you.