Reading resources


Hello. A friend just asked me for good reading resources because she is thinking of converting to Catholicism. I have no idea how this came about but I would like to recommend a couple good books or online sites and would like some recommendations. Thanks!


Obligatory recommendation of The apostolate behind these forums.


Thats a broad question. There are many different books and on a vast array of specific topics so depending on her spacific questions you may get answers that may not cover her needs.

The Catechism may be the place to start until spacific needs are revealed -



Go to Mass. Talk to a Priest about RCIA. Read the bible, catechism, and check out The Spirit of Catholicism by Karl Adam available from


I haven’t read this, but Catholic Answer’s The Case for Catholicism would have a lot of apologetics. Same for Why We’re Catholic.

I’m reading Scott Hahn’s The Lamb’s Supper right now. It relates The Mass and Revelations. I wouldn’t call it geared for apologetics, but it’s really interesting and I really like it.

If she has questions of Catholicism and Evolution, is a nice resource. She could also buy the book version. (It has the same info as the website, just in book form.)

Bearing False Witness by Rodney Stark and The Real Story of Catholic History by Steve Weidenkopf tackle some of the history myths surrounding the Catholic Church.

I’ve yet to read Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly but I’ve heard great things about it.

Same goes for Scott Hahn’s Rome Sweet Home which details his conversion from Protestant to Catholic.

I haven’t looked the next site much, but has stuff related to Eastern Catholicism.

I’ve not read much of Tim Staple’s Behold Your Mother but it explains and defends where the Marian doctrines came from. (Side note, I jumped into the middle to read about the Assumption for the upcoming feast day. The book doesn’t seem as joyful to read to me, but that could very well be from jumping in the middle and only having a small sample size.)



Sister Mary Jesus Agreda was a 17th Century Spanish nun who received spiritual revelations about Mary and Jesus, both on earth and in heaven, including the creation of the angels and the fall of lucifer and his renegade band of angels. They are presented here for you, in “The Mystical City of God”. While not biblical, these revelations did receive the Imprimatur of The Church in 1949. An Imprimatur (from Latin, “let it be printed”) is an official declaration from the hierarchy of the Catholic Church that a literary or similar work is free from error in matters of Catholic doctrine and morals, and hence acceptable reading for faithful Catholics. Below is a partial list of events that you might find interesting reading, if you want to know “the rest of the story”.

The Creation of the Angels and the Fall of lucifer

[The Creation of Man and His Fall


The Immaculate Conception

The Childhood of Mary
[Mary’s Presentation in the Temple

Mary’s Espousal to Joseph

The Incarnation of the Son of God
The Visitation

[St. Joseph Resolves to Leave Mary

[The Birth of Jesus
[The Adoration of the Magi

[The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

[The Flight into Egypt

[The Death of St. Joseph

[The Baptism of Christ and Mary’s Doings
[The Transfiguration the the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

[The Last Supper

[The Prayer in Gethsemane and How Mary Joined in

[Jesus before Pilate The Scourging and the Crowning with Thorns

[The Way of the Cross

[The Crucifixion

[The Victory of Christ over Hell

[The Resurrection of Christ

[The Ascension of Christ]
[The Descent of the Holy Ghost

[Baptism of the Converts and the First Mass
[Death of Stephen and the Creed

[The Conversion of St. Paul

[St. Gabriel Announces the Death of Mary

[The Burial and the Assumption of Mary

[The Coronation of Mary


I’d actually recommend starting with the compendium; it’s a lot shorter and easier to digest.


I concur, the CCC is more like an encyclopedia and can make for dry reading. is awesome and has tons of resources. Bishop Barron’s Catholicism video series is spectacular! He also has many many books.
When I was becoming Catholic, Peter Kreeft’s Catholic Christianity was great. As was Kevin Orlin Johnson’s two books Why Do Catholics Do That? and Rosary: Mysteries, Meditations and the Telling of the Beads. The rosary book particularly is deeply historical and very fascinating.


I recommend “I am With You” by Fr John Woolley to help you in your journey


Trent Horn’s “Why We’re Catholic”.

Peter Kreeft’s “Jesus Shock”.


“Catholicism for Dummies” might also be a good place to start if she has had little or no exposure.


Extremely easy to read and understand from the non-Catholic perspective. Great starter. I’m even willing to buy this one for people as just a handout. (Catholic Answers was making a deal on bulk when this was first available.)


Visit Catholic Answers and print out the tracts.

Easy to read.


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