When my eldest child was a toddler, I visited the local parish priest to find out more about the Catholic Faith: “I’m not saying I’m going to have our children baptised as Catholics. I just want to make an informed decision,” I told the priest. He took me in his stride and didn’t seem at all fazed by this overwrought, prickly, defensive, young mother. With a kind smile, he reached into his cupboard and then handed me an orange book called appropriately The Catholic Religion. I thanked him and then beat a hasty retreat with my prize: the book I hoped would tell me everything. I rushed home, impatient to begin reading. From the first page, I entered a new world, a world I never knew existed, a world that included God.
About the same time, a friend who was doing the RCIA course lent me a Catholic book. I can't remember the title but I remember devouring that book too. I wanted more, but I had no idea where to find the right books. All the religious books in our local bookstore looked a bit dubious with such titles as Why We Don’t Need God, The Great God Conspiracy... I wanted to find God, not reject Him.
What I found was a friend. I found Helen who led me to the Church at a time when I was drifting further and further away. And she introduced me to the great treasures found in Catholic books. Helen had shelves overflowing with religious books and being so very generous, she encouraged me to take armfuls of them home to read. She could see I was starving... starving for spiritual reading. I read and read and read…
These days I am very fortunate to have my own Catholic library: books we all read again and again.
Colleen of Thoughts on Grace and Mary of The Beautiful Gate have both asked me to share my three favourite religious books. A good book is one that is read and re-read many times. These three books of mine, with their worn covers, certainly look well loved:
1. I Believe in Love by Father Jean d’Elbee
2. Abandonment to Divine Providence by Father J.P. de Caussade
3. Treading the Winepress with Christ in His Passion by William Stephenson
Instead of telling you more about my favourite books (I am sure you have already heard of them), I’d like to share some books written by a few of my Catholic blogging author friends. All those years ago, when I was hungering for Catholic books, I never imagined that one day I’d actually know and become friends with people writing excellent Catholic books.
Books by Victor Moubarak
Time for Reflections
Golden Drops - The Wisdom of Father Ignatius
Victor's stories are delightful. Some are extremely funny, others are thought-provoking.
Visions is only available as a paperback book, but the others are all ebooks. Some are available as Kindle books. All Victor's ebooks are also available as free PDFs. See Victor's blog Time for Reflections for details.
Books by Ellen Gable Hrkach
Come My Beloved: Inspiring Stories of Catholic Courtship
The first three books are page-turning, extremely enjoyable, Catholic fiction books.
Ellen blogs at Plot, Line and Sinker
Books By Suzie Andres
Homeschooling with Gentleness: a Catholic Discovers Unschooling
A Little Way of Homeschooling: Thirteen Families Discover Catholic Unschooling
Suzie doesn't have a blog but there are a number of posts about her books here on this blog and on others.
Books by Dana Doyle
Dana's first book, God Messaging is a collection of inspiring stories of the Holy Spirit's promptings in her life, and how they have guided her spiritual journey.
A Cardinal's Chorus is a resource for parents, homeschoolers and anyone who is teaching the Catholic Faith to children.
Dana blogs at Catholic Working Mom
Books by Colleen Spiro
The Third Floor Window: a True Story of Secrets, Survival and Hope
First Things First: a Personal Retreat Journal
Blueberry Muffins: Everyday Stories of God’s Love
The Third Floor Window is the story of Colleen's journey of healing from child sexual abuse
Colleen blogs at Thoughts on Grace
Please visit Colleen's blog Thoughts on Grace and Mary's blog The Beautiful Gate for more favourite religious books.
And please share your own favourites!