I am leading an R.C.I.A. group and would like to provide a list of books and publications that would be helpful for new &/or returning, non-academic, Catholics. We are using Catholicism for Dummies for our text and it has been well received. I would appreciate suggestions of books that others have found helpful in coming to understand the Catholic faith. Any notes as to why a particular book has been suggested would be helpful as well.
Here is the start of my list:
The Bible (New American Bible suggested because it is the text used at Mass)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
Confessions of St. Augustine
Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis (c. 1380-1471).
Story of a Soul, The Autobiography of Saint Therese of Lisieux
The Lamb’s Supper, Scott Hahn
Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer, Thomas Dubay, S.M.
My Life with the Saints by James Martin SJ - It helped me to begin “getting” the Saints by reading about someone else’s experiences.
Someone else already mentioned On Being Catholic and I agree. I’m reading it now, and it is quickly becoming one of my FAVORITE books. The descriptions of Mass and what happens and breaking down the different parts are wonderful, and if for nothing else, I would HIGHLY recommend it just for those chaptes!
I would add the Baltimore Catechism. It makes a very nice compendium that gives a simpler Q&A explanation than the more extensive CCC. The new Compendium of the CCC is a nice book too.
I think that the three of them are a must have!