Great Books

 “Reading has made many saints.” — St. Josemaría Escrivá

This is a listing of non-fiction books for Adults I have read having to do with the Catholic Faith that I highly recommend:

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp CLICK HERE for MY Review of this book
Yesterday, Today and Forever by Maria von Trapp, CLICK HERE for MY Review of this book.

  My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell, CLICK HERE FOR MY REVIEW

33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley- see my 33 Days blog at

Fatima for Today-The Urgent Marian Message of Hope by Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CLICK HERE FOR MY REVIEW

A Right to be Merry by Mother Mary Francis, PCC
Mother Teresa of Calcutta, A Personal Portrait by Fr. Leo Maasburg

 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley (see blog write May 15, 2012)

 Sex, Style and Substance edited by Hallie Lord
My Brother the Pope by Msgr Georg Ratzinger (see blog write up April 4, 2012)

 Priest by Michael Rose (see blog write up March 13, 2012 )

 Magnetic Christianity by Gus Lloyd (see blog write up February 18, 2012 )

 The Appalling Strangeness of the Mercy of God by Ruth Pakaluk (see blog write up February 8, 2012)

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The Eighth American Saint: The Story of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, Founderress of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary of the Woods, IN. by Mary K. Doyle (see blog write up about Mother Guerin on Nov 3, 2010)
Light of the World; The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times by Pope Benedict XVI, a conversation with Peter Seewald

 UnPlanned by Abby Johnson (see blog review on March 23, 2011.)

 My Cousin the Saint by Justin Catanoso (see blog review on Feb. 13, 2011.)
Witness to Hope by George Weigel
From Slave to Priest, a biography of the Reverend Augustine Tolton by Caroline Hemesath
With God in Russia by Walter J. Ciszek, S.J. (see blog review on November 28, 2010.)
Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor by Allen Hunt

 The Shadow of His Wings by Fr. Gereon Karl Goldmann OFM (see blog review on Sept. 7, 2010.)
Crossing the Tiber by Steve Ray
Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism by Douglas Brinkley and Julie Fenster. This is a biography of the founder of the Knights of Columbus
Newsflash by Teresa Tomeo

 Life of Christ by Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Rome Sweet Rome by Dr. Scott and Kimberly Hahn

A Father Who Keeps His Promises,God's Covenant Love in Scripture by Dr. Scott Hahn

 Treasure in Clay by Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Lessons from the School of Suffering by Fr. James Willig with Tammy Bundy
Listen with your whole self by Tammy Bundy

Fantastic, He Loves me by Fr. Patrick A. Martin
Called at Home on the Road by Fr. Patrick A. Martin
Midwife for Souls by Kathy Kalina
First Things Last by Regis Flaherty
Tear in the Desert by Fr. Ron Camarda
Time Management for Catholics by Dave Durand
Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly
Memorize the Faith by Kevin Vost
An Ordinary Saint, the Story of St. John Neumann by Hindman
Saint Gianna Molla: Wife, Mother, Doctor by husband Pietro Molla, Elio Guerriero and James G. Colbert

 Love Letters to My Husband, a collection of St. Gianna’s letters edited by Elio Guerriero

 St. Katharine Drexel by S.H. Wallace
Ten Dates Every Catholic should Know by Diane Moczar
Cross in the Sand: The Early Catholic Church in Florida 1513-1870 by Michael Gannon
How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Thomas Woods
John Paul the Great, Remembering a Spiritual Father by Peggy Noonan

Daily Reading:

In Conversation with God by Francis Fernandez  This series of seven books gives daily commentary on the readings of the mass each day. Often quoted is St. Jose Maria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei, as well as Popes John Paul II, John Paul I, Paul VI and the early church fathers.

This is a listing of fictional books, having Catholic themes, that I have read and highly recommend:
The Life I Dreamed by Kari Burke Click HERE to see blog post

The Power and the Glory by Graham Green. A classic novel of the last priest in Mexico during the persecution of the Catholic Church in the 1930s.

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather. This is a fictional account of the First Bishop of New Mexico in the middle to late 1800s.

The Great Divorce by C.S Lewis

The Screw Tape Letters by C.S Lewis

Good non-fictions historical books, not specifically about the Catholic Faith.
Quiet Hero by Rita Cosby

 Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo

This is a listing of fictional books for Children, having Catholic themes or persons, that I have read and highly recommend:
All of the Chronicles of Narnia, especially The Last Battle by C.S Lewis
Olivia and the Little Way by Nance Belanger (see blog post August 29, 2011)
The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt