What's in Your Reading Stack Right Now?


Just curious.

It seems like I’m always reading two or three books at a time, and have a stack of books waiting. My personal stack is short, so I’m looking to fill it.

In progress:

  1. St. John’s Gospel, Steven Ray. I use this to lead my weekly bible study, we’re at John 10.

  2. The Gospel of John, William Barclay. Same purpose as #1.

  3. Onward Catholic Soldier: Spiritual warfare according to Scriptures, the Church and the Saints. John LaBriola.

Just finished:

  1. Unbound: A Practical Guide to Deliverance From Evil Spirits. Neal Lozano.

  2. Angels. Peter Kreeft.

My stack: EMPTY!!!


In progress:

1 - Agatha Christie - Murder on the Orient Express (can you believe I’ve NEVER ready any of these?)

2 - G.K. Chesterton - a collection of short stories

Just finished:

1 - Tom Grace - Secret Cardinal

2 - Morris West - Devil’s Advocate

3 - Joanna Glass - Woman Wanted (not recommended)



In progress:

  1. The Essential Catholic Survival Guide by the staff at Catholic Answers

Just finished:

  1. Rachel’s Tears: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott by Beth Nimmo and Darrell Scott with Steve Rabey (highly recommended)

in the peace and love of Christ,
alison :heart:


I can’t read as fast as you do.
This is the recent one that I finished: “I will give you shepherds” – vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_jp-ii_exh_25031992_pastores-dabo-vobis_en.html
and currently reading: “The joy of Priesthood” – amazon.com/Joy-Priesthood-Stephen-J-Rossetti/dp/159471066X

and touch a bit on “Philosophy for dummies” – :smiley:
and the Bible…


The Douay-Rheims (Challoner version)
The Latin Vulgate(Clementine Edition)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church

They are always in my reading stack. Other books in my stack include

The Rhythm of Life -Matthew Kelly
Understanding the Faith - Rev. John A. O’Brien
Code of Cannon Law (1983, English)
The Book of Enoch

Books that I have finished

Faith and Fraternalism
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Douay-Rheims (Challoner text)
The Bible as History

Books for the future
1962 Roman Missal
Textual Concordance of the Holy Scriptures
Code of Canon Law (1917)
Catechism of the Council of Trent

Daily Devotions
One Bread, One Body
Grace for the Moment (Non-Catholic)


Currently reading “The Rapture: The End Times Error That Leaves The Bible Behind” by David B. Currie

In the stack are:

“The Apostles” and “The Fathers” by Pope Benedict XVI
"Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain, and Defend the Catholic Faith" by Scott Hahn
"Will Catholics Be Left Behind" by Carl Olson


Nothing like some “light reading” to pass the time huh??:smiley:


Just Finished:

American Exorcism by Michael Cuneo Fascinating survey of exorcism/deliverance practice in the US.

10 Books that Screwed up the World by Benjamin Wiker. Survey and refutation of 10 evil books (as well as 5 others “that didn’t help”)
very good intro to some of the truly twisted thinking over the last century by the likes of Sanger, Hitler and Kinsey


Pierced by a Sword by Bud MacFarlane

Hostage to the Devil by Malachi Martin

In the Stack:
Rest of MacFarlane (Conceived without sin and House of Gold)
Chesterston’s Father Brown Mysteries
Ratzinger Report
God and the World

Next book in the Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin


had time due to a layoff at work


Dang, I’m sorry.:frowning: Just imagine a picture of my foot in my mouth…


Just Finished:
“Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity” by Larry Hurtado
"Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic" by Francis Beckwith
"In the Beginning…: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall (Resourcement)" by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

Now Reading:
“Matthew (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible)” by Stanley Hauerwas
"Introduction to the Devout Life" by St. Francis de Sales (re-reading)

In the Queue:
“Christology: A Biblical, Historical, and Systematic Study of Jesus” by Gerald O’Collins S.J.
“What Saint Paul Really Said” by N.T. Wright
"Matthew: Structure, Christology, Kingdom" by Jack Dean Kingsbury
"The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoevsky


It was a bit of an odd situation. Working for a Truss Company and being laid off for 6 months, work for 5 weeks and get laid off again and laid off for 2 1/2 months and now working for a different company. That just got me interested in reading spiritual books relating to Catholicism, which I need to learn more about since I hadn’t researched being a cradle Catholic all my life


In Progress:
New American Bible
Through the Year with Padre Pio-Patricia Treece
Orthodoxy-GK Chesterton

Just Finished:
The Screwtape Letters-CS Lewis
The Great Divorce-CS Lewis

Gotta love Chesterton and Lewis…when I started Orthodoxy, I read that Lewis viewed Chesterton as his spiritual father! :thumbsup:


I’m getting thru Augustines’ City of God-slowly

Then I want to start on the Summa or at least a little pocket Aquinas book I have but I don’t know how far I’ll get there.

I’ve also Got one of Richard Dawkins anti-God books on hold at the library because I like to be armed.:slight_smile:

I want to start on St John of the Cross soon.


I’m currently reading Jurassic Park by Micheal Criton

But next on my list is the Diary of Sister Faustina.


One of my most favorite books of all time!! :smiley:



In current stack

  • Bible (always in there)
    Benedictus - this is a good daily meditation on some of our Pope’s writings
  • Pope John Paul II an illustrated biography by Readers Digest

Recently finished

Crossing the Threshold of Hope


Currently Reading:

Thomas Merton’s Life and Holiness
The Philokalia

I also carry either a pocket-sized book of sayings from Thomas Merton of a copy of St. Josemaria Escriva’s The Way in my back pocket to help me out during the day (Lord knows I need it!).


The Disciple and the Master: Sermons on St. Francis of Assisi by St. Bonaventure

The Complete Works of Francis and Clare by Regis Armstrong, OFM, Cap

Brother Francis of Assisi by Ignacio Laranaga, SJ

Living As St. Francis Lived by Leonard Foley, OFM

The Third Spiritual Alphabet by Francisco de Osuna, OFM

Gospel Living: Every Day of our Lives by Teresa V. Baker, SFO

Franciscan spirituality, theology and mysticism were my major in grad school. I continue to stay on top of it. :shrug:

If you want to begin learning Franciscan spirituality, I strongly suggest Ignacio Laranaga’s book. It is one of the best works on Francis that I’ve read or the sermons by St. Bonaventure.


JR :slight_smile:


Mere Christianity CS Lewis
No Greater Love Mother Teresa
FastingLynne M. Baab - “When you are fasting and you feel hungry, you are to remember that you are really hungry for God.” :bible1:

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