What is one of the interesting Catholic books you are reading right now?


Maybe you read just one book at a time. Maybe multiple. It’s hard for me to stick with just one book. I jump around an awful lot. Sometimes, I wish a book detective would come and confiscate all my other books, so I will focus on just this one book. I would be more productive and learn more, I think. (Taking away TV and internet at the same time would probably be helpful, as well.)

Anyways, are you reading something Catholic right now? What is it, and how do you like it? What is it about?

If you’re not really a reader, then you may please comment too! :smiley: I think some people are just too intellectually worn out from college and being engaged at work to pick up more than a magazine when they get home. So anyways? I’m curious.


Just finished Trent Horn’s Why we’re Catholic. Enjoyed it.

Always, have Jimmy Akin’s A daily defense beside the bed.

Scott Hahn’s Swear to God was eye opening.

Where we got the Bible was a good study book

I’ve been reading Steve Ray’s upon this rock for about a year now. Way to much detail to take in all at once for me.

Handed Down was really good

The Apostasy that wasn’t really filled in some gaps.

Reading the Lamb’s supper which is also a little hard to read all in one sitting.

My Christmas wish list includes.

Behold your Mother

Hostile Witness

The Fathers Know Best

The Real Story of Catholic History

I’m not reading as much right now, way to busy. But once winter starts and the evenings are free I force myself to read Monday through Thursday and I am allowed to watch TV or do other things only on the weekends. Worked well once I got into the habit of it. I’m actually just finishing remodeling a room in the house for my private reading room. Hope to have it done by Christmas, so I can start using it.

God Bless



You get to retake the exam. :thinking:

The instructions above called for ONE book…not two…not three…not, how many was it? …let me see, 12 !! At least, it was a biblical number, so that’s good.

(OK, the title and further directions were somewhat conflicting. You pass. I see that you read more than enough to make up for the rest of us. :sunglasses:)


I’m finishing “Her Name Means Rose: The Rhoda Wise Story.” Mindblowing that this lady had crowds of thousands coming to Canton, Ohio due to her alleged miracles (for which she credited Jesus and St. Therese) and visions and yet the diocese pretty much ignored the whole business for decades and by the time I was growing up, she was never mentioned.

I was happy to see the prayer cards for her canonization appeared in my hometown parish book rack.


It’s not technically Catholic, but lately I’ve been reading “The Crucifixion” by Fleming Rutledge and wow is it good. Rutledge is an Anglican theologian but she makes use of both Catholic and Protestant scholars to understand why God chose the crucifixion as the means of our salvation. Some brilliant insights in it that I had never considered before.

It’s six hundred pages though so it’s probably going to take me months to get through but if anyone else has ever struggled with this topic like I have, I highly recommend this book.


I read that book. Her story is amazing! Right now, I just picked up a copy of “The Tombs of St. Peter and St. Paul” by Engelbert Kirschbaum. I hope it’s good. It looks good.


“Christian Prayer” (Liturgy of the Hours). I WISH I had known about and started reading this YEARS ago. WHAT a blessing.


I am reading 3 books at the moment:

The Sanctifier, archbishop Luis Martinez

Story of a Soul, St. Therese of Lisieux

Christian Perfection according to St. John of the Cross and St. Thomas Aquinas, Garrigou-Lagrange


An excellent book and a triumph of research!


Currently reading:
The Fulfillment of All Desire, by Ralph Martin


So tell me a little something about your books if you want/. A spiritual insight, the general ideas/message, what you like about the book.


I have this book on audio, and it is most excellent. I’ve never come across such a book that gives a distillation that is so accessible, so inundated with the teachings of a great number of the spiritual masters across Catholic history.

(But with my ADD it is quite difficult for me to settle down for very long and pay attention. I’ve been skipping around a lot and feel I’ve not learned nearly as much of what the book can offer.)


Right now I am reading volume 1 of “A Manual of the History of Dogmas,” by Bernard Otten. You have to be into theology to want to read this in-depth explanation about Catholic beliefs, with much reference to the Fathers of the Church

One question that has come into my mind, is what was the original state of Adam and Eve, or of our first parents, if you will, before original sin was incurred? Did they have only natural gifts? According to the Fathers of the Church, they did have supernatural gifts, such as sanctifying grace. The Fathers of the Church made this clear as they looking into the redemption Christ gave. The supernatural gifts Christ made possible for men were gifts that were lost by original sin, they held.


You make it sound interesting. So unfortunate that man can be given so much and still not be satisfied. At least we didn’t get as serious consequences as the angels. That’s good.


That’s such a good book. I really want to use it for a study/small group at my parish.


Some great book suggestions here. At the moment I’m reading a couple of secular books, but I’m going to have to add some of these to my reading list.


Not currently reading any, but here’s my wishlist:

  • Flannery O’Connor- A Prayer Journal. Published posthumously, it looks interesting
  • Dorothy Day- The Long Loneliness. Has anyone read this? I find Dorothy Day quite inspirational.
  • St John of the Cross- The Dark Night of the Soul. This really appeals to me as I seem to constantly be going through the Dark Night.
  • The Sayings of the Desert Fathers
  • Evelyn Underhill- her books on Mysticism. I believe she’s Anglican, but the message is fairly universal I think.
  • Marguerite Porete- The Mirror of Simple Souls.


I would like to read “The Long Loneliness”. I really like Dorothy.

I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.


Don’t call me a saint. I don’t want to be dismissed so easily.

I think she gives us a portrait of what being a Catholic in the trenches, in one’s day to day life, is all about.

P.S. There is a great movie about her called “Entertaining Angels”.


One of the books I’m currently reading is called The Spiritual Life A Treatise on Ascetical and Mystical Theology by the Very Reverend Adolphe Tanquerey, S.S., D.D., Society of St. John the Evangelist. It’s very interesting, to say the least.


Yes, I have that one. It is so deep. If we applied half of what is in that book I think we would be great saints. I would say in some ways it is similar to Fulfillment of All Desire , but it is much more theological and more difficult to read. I do like it. It is very systematic in its approach and thorough but a little dry at same time, I think.

At the moment, I’ve been reading some of Bernadette Speaks by Rene Laurentin. It is a very large book and probably gives the most information on Sister Marie Bernard’s Life. (Bernadette) I like Bernadette, she was funny, cheerful, wise, humble, and yet she suffered very much. Her life as a religious in the Sisters of Charity in Nevers after she left Lourdes is very instructive for one’s spiritual life and how special Bernadette was as a saint of Good.

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