Robert Hugh Benson, Lord of the World, 1907. (Perhaps I will attempt a list of Catholic novels with implicit Catholic themes and perspectives…). Inspired by this post, 100 Books Every Man Needs to Read, I tried to come up with my own 100-book list.I got up to 65, then 118, and then cut it back down to 86, then back up to 112, down to 91, and so on…. A final note — readers may immediately notice that I’ve not included the great Fyodor Dostoyevsky or any writer from one of the Orthodox traditions. Most people are familiar with Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, as well as C.S. By Mike Best June 6, 2016. My intention in doing this is not to refuse the adjective “Catholic” to Orthodox writers, but to save the space of, say, 6-10 novels, for those the reader may not be familiar with. Jacques Philippe Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, 1954-55. As a Catholic bibliophile I’m always hunting for the next must-read book. Catholic Classics Reading List. Interior Freedom – Fr. Fire Within – Thomas Dubay Most people donate because Catholic Online is useful. Till We Have Faces – CS Lewis When I can combine the two, it is a good day. Kristin Lavransdatter – Sigrid Undset Mary Shelley, the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft and the wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley, wrote a fascinating novel that can do just that." The Dark Night of the Soul – St. John of the Cross I’m at 96 now and tired of trying to decide what should go on it and what shouldn’t. August 6, 2017 Sarah Bennage Literature, Spirituality, Theology 2. The Spiritual Combat: and a Treatise on Peace of Soul by Dom Lorenzo Scupoli 3. Learn how your comment data is processed. Zerg July 20, 2018, 1:35pm #1. The Imitation of Christ – Thomas a Kempis A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Mosseini Some of the novels listed are difficult to acquire, others are a click away at a modest cost. Michael O’Brien, Eclipse of the Sun, 1998. The Benedict Option – Rod Dreher Fiction Books Every Catholic Should Read. But, I intended to write Flannery O’Connor. Whether such a book would be worth reading when that time could be spent reading one of the 100 below has, for me, a self-evident answer. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, but here are 6 other fiction books that you can add to your TBR list: If you donate just $5.00, or whatever you can, Catholic Online could keep thriving for years. Jose Maria Gironella, The Cypresses Believe in God, 1953. It is missing on too many lists. The Life of Antony, On the Incarnation. It’s sorted by topic: Scripture, Philosophy, Mariology, etc. The Hidden Power of Kindness – Fr. If Catholic Online has given you $5.00 worth of knowledge this year, take a minute to donate. Read 674 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The crème de la crème of theology books. Recommended Reading (books) every Catholic should read? Gertrud von Le Fort, The Song at the Scaffold, 1931. The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur – Elisabeth Leseur Silence – Shusako Endo Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child – Anthony Esolen Catholic Living. You’ll find links to all the books below the lecture. By Mike Best June 6, 2016. The Wrinkle in Time Quintet – Madeleine L’Engle I also love books. G.K. Chesterton The Return of Don Quixote Beats Man Who Was Thursday with a stick! I’ve read the Don Camillo book, found them charming but not memorable, best, Deal. I’m always anxious to learn of titles I don’t know, or have forgotten, or should know better, or be reminded that my own certainties may be unfounded. That a great novel can explore religious themes directly is a tribute to the artistry of the writer since such explicitness usually leads to preaching and is, thus, deadly to writing of any kind. Hermann Broch, The Death of Virgil, 1945. Ayako Sono, The Watcher from the Shore, 1990, English trans. 100 books, both classic and new titles, are given lengthy reviews by two writers. Cypresses is on the list. John Howard Griffin, The Devil Rides Outside, 1952. Augustine of Hippo Confessions, City of God, On Christian Doctrine, On the Free Choice of the Will. The Authentic Catholic Woman – Genevieve Kineke Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress, © 2020 The Christian Review, Deal Hudson, editor, Orlando’s Lesson: No More Playing Games—It’s Time for War. Your email address will not be published. 100 Must-Read Books About Christianity Teresa Preston May 22, 2017 According to Pew Research , Christianity is the world’s largest religious group, so it’s worth knowing something about it, whether you’re a Christian or not. He instead proposed 26 books, stretched over 13 genres, with another 15 bonus titles. Please don’t feel overwhelmed. A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy is a book everyone—even non-Catholics—should read. The Great Divorce – CS Lewis Spirituality. For his assigned topic, Dr. Kreeft was supposed to recommend ten books to read before you die. Su Xuelin, Heart of the Thorn Bush, 1929. Sigrid Undset, Master of Hestviken, 1925-27. Catholic Books You Need to Read: 1. The Privilege of Being a Woman – Alice von Hildebrand Tolkien 7. Joseph of Nazareth – Federico Suarez What’s Wrong With the World – GK Chesterton Covenanted Happiness – Cormac Burke I found ‘The Sparrow’ flew away from into non-comprehension “:) Best, Deal, Your email address will not be published. Would you include in a further list any of the fictions by the soon-to-be-saint John Henry Newman? 604 I joined the Roman Catholic Church on April 10th of this year, just a little over four months now. The Great Heresies – Hillaire Belloc My purpose here is merely to recommend good books to those who take the time to find good books and to read them. Thanks. This list starts off with Sacred Scripture and the Catechism--if you read nothing else on this list, make sure you read these. 5. There are many reasons why a novel can, and sometimes should, be called “Catholic,” but to attach that impulse to a a grand metaphysic or aesthetic theory would require a book in itself. Francois Mauriac, A Woman of the Pharisees, 1946. For Better, For Worse, For God – Mary Jo Pedersen Show the volunteers who bring you reliable, Catholic information that their work matters. Spirituality. 5 Books Every Catholic Should Read That Are Not the Bible, Catechism, or Papal Encyclical. Five Books Every Catholic Should Read. Introduction to the Devout Life – St. Francis de Sales Theology and Spirituality: Ancient. 100 Books Every Woman Should Read - Ivanhoe** I have two very conflicting thoughts toward this book. I love God. Best, Deal, Death Comes For The Archbishop, A Case of Conscience, The Sparrow, I will have to take a look at ‘A Case of Conscience.’ I’m still waiting for Cather’s fiction to stir me, but I know it’s my fault not hers. Michael Gaitley, A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Mosseini, Abandonment to Divine Providence – Jean Pierre de Caussade, Adam and Eve After the Pill – Mary Eberstadt, Anne of Green Gables (series) – Lucy Maud Montgomery, Apologia Pro Vita Sua – John Henry Newman, Come Be My Light – St. Teresa of Calcutta, Divine Intimacy – Fr. The Sinner’s Guide – Luis de Granada He’s an Opus Dei priest and fellow book-lover, and he’s put together … Best Catholic Books of All-Time Read More » Maybe I should attempt 100 Best Catholic Stories? According to The Baltimore Catechism, God made us “to know, love and serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in heaven.” Like my favorite book The Song of Bernadette, it was written by a non-Catholic. The Lamb’s Supper by Dr. Scott Hahn 5. 50 Books Every Catholic Should Read show list info. Alice Thomas Ellis, The Inn at the Edge of the World, 1990. Welty is a Protestant writer, but a great one. J.F. Maurice Baring, The Coat Without Seam, 1929. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene, Essays on Woman – Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross), Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy, For Better, For Worse, For God – Mary Jo Pedersen, Forming Intentional Disciples – Sherry Weddell, God Has No Grandchildren – Leila Marie Lawler, Introduction to the Devout Life – St. Francis de Sales, Love and Responsibility – St. John Paul II, Making Sense Out of Suffering – Peter Kreeft, Man and Woman He Created Them – Michael Waldstein, Married Saints and Blesseds – Ferdinand Holbock, Out of the Silent Planet/Perelandra/That Hideous Strength – CS Lewis, Please Don’t Drink the Holy Water – Susie Lloyd, Simplifying Your Domestic Church – Abby Sasscer, Something Other than God – Jennifer Fulwiler, Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child – Anthony Esolen, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey, The Authentic Catholic Woman – Genevieve Kineke, The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor – Flannery O’Connor, The Dark Night of the Soul – St. John of the Cross, The Hidden Power of Kindness – Fr. Arriving at Amen – Leah Libresco William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist, 1971. Most people are familiar with Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, as well as C.S. Pierre de Calan, Cosmas, or the Love of God, 2006. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh Simplifying Your Domestic Church – Abby Sasscer Most people donate because Catholic Online is useful. Lord of the World – Robert Hugh Benson Show the volunteers who bring you reliable, Catholic information that their work matters. The Island of the World There is never enough. I don’t know why I wrote Welty. Whether such a book would be worth reading when that time could be spent reading one of the 100 below has, for me, a self-evident answer. John McCloskey. Riccardo Bacchelli, Nothing New Under the Sun, 1940. William Giraldi, Busy Monsters: A Novel, 2011. The Spiritual Combat – Dom Lorenzo Scupoli Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton 4. I’m at 96 now and tired of trying to decide what should go on it and what shouldn’t. Theology and Spirituality: Ancient. Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory, 1940. One place I often turn is a list composed by Fr. The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan Recommended Reading (books) every Catholic should read? I’m trying to achieve some sort of balance, I suppose — genre, history, voices, etc… but I don’t know if it’s realistic to put a limit on myself, though it’s a good question to ask: If I could read ONLY 100 books, what should they be? While you relax in the sunshine and enjoy the gifts of God’s creation, consider getting in touch with your spirituality with one of the books on our Catholic reading list! Georges Bernanos, Under the Star of Satan, 1926. Antonio Fogazzaro, Little World of the Past, 1901. The reviews themselves are substantial and thorough, not merely descriptive. This is one of the most outstanding books I have read. Every Catholic should read this book from time to time as it strengthens our foundation in Catholic apologetics. Sara Maitland, Daughter of Jerusalem, 1995. Graham Greene, The End of the Affair, 1951. The Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman Try to read 10 of these books every year—one every 5 weeks. (Also, click here for Peter Kreeft’s recommended philosophy books.) Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited, 1945. There are a multitude of good points about this book. Catholic Living. The only book with which I take enough issue to comment is Diary of a Country Priest . The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy. Twain did a lot of research before writing it and it was very well done. Anne of Green Gables (series) – Lucy Maud Montgomery Making Sense Out of Suffering – Peter Kreeft Let me save you some time and filter it all down to the best of the best. The Story of a Soul – St. Therese of Lisieux You’ll notice that there is no mention of Chesterton, Lewis, or Tolkien. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte Books that are beautiful and that elevate one’s heart to the Good and Beautiful Himself. G.K. 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