Hi guys! This is Kester. As a Catholic, I want to try to publicize some books that I just recently read that anyone learning about the faith should read! I might try a little evangelizing here, but certainly I hope that you might read these books and soon get immersed in the wonderful faith! If you are interested in Catholicism, I recommend these books.
DISCLAIMER: I received free copies of some of these books from different websites and organizations. I’ve had to subscribe to some blogs or organizations to receive these materials.
The Our Father, Word by Word, arranged by Jennifer Fulwiler
Jennifer Fulwiler is an atheist-turned Catholic. I’m really hoping to read her memoir Something Other than God soon. Her story is very inspiring, and now she’s a really devout Catholic. In her new book, Jennifer arranges a collection of essays from many other Catholics, especially bloggers, such as Brandon Vogt, …, who talk about one word or tiny phrase of one of the most famous and most powerful prayers, the Our Father or Lord’s Prayer, explaining what it means to them. It’s truly inspirational, and it’s worth reading.
You can get the e-book version for FREE by signing up for her e-mail newsletter on her website.
Meet the Witnesses of the Miracle of the Sun, by John M. Haffert
The Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917 is one of the most well-known miracles in the Catholic Church. 70,000 people have witnessed a great spectacle where the Sun danced and changed colors in the sky. Don’t believe me? Listen to the testimonies of 70,000 people! Even the secularist newspaper of Portugal recorded this event, saying that this was true. I hope that reading this will strengthen your faith, and hopefully guide you to the Church!
You can get a free copy of this book sent to you from America Needs Fatima.
The Doctors of the Church 1 & 2, by John Fink
I’m currently reading these two volumes, which are really good. Only 33 men and women, comprising of 30 men and 3 women, have been pronounced Doctors of the Church for their great works and influences in the Catholic Church. You have people from St. Athanasius who fought against the heresy of Arianism in the 4th century, to St. Augustine who is probably the most brilliant mind and the greatest of the Doctors, to St. Gregory the Great who is the Father of the Medieval Papacy in the 1st volume that summarizes the life and works of the first 17 Doctors in the 1st Millennium. In the 2nd volume on the 2nd Millennium, 16 Doctors are featured, including the only three females to be declared Doctors. One can read about St. Anthony of Padua who is the Patron Saint of Lost Things, to St. Thomas Aquinas (my patron saint) who wrote the marvelous Summa Theologica (a great book to read!), to St. Alphonsus de Liguori who is the greatest moral theologian in Church history. Also featured are the only 3 female Doctors, including St. Therese of Lisieux who is if not the most popular saint in the Catholic Church, St. Teresa of Avila who was the first female to be a Doctor of the Church, and St. Catherine of Siena who was a remarkable women who did so much along with her mysticism and activism in her such little time on her. These saints are so inspiring, and their works will help you grow more spiritually.
Youcat: Youth Cathecism of the Catholic Church, by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
If you are a teenager (or an adult who doesn’t want to read thousands of sections), then this book is the perfect intro for learning about the Catholic Church! So many people don’t like the Catholic Church because they don’t know what the Catholic Church actually is! People think we’re idolaters, or Satanists, or superstitious people, etc. and it gets on my nerves (and funny bone) whenever I hear an accusation that is so misinformed. My friend thought we (and this is for real) that the Catholic Church is just an excuse to drink alcohol and go to church whenever you want and pay money for your salvation and create man-made doctrines that stretch the Bible… I was laughing so hard! I want to be like “Here dude, it’s a Youcat- and everything you find in there does not contradict the Bible so…” It’s very brief, and very understandable! I’m still trying to get through it, but it’s a great reference tool!
More Recommendations for Books I Have Not Read by Catholic Saints
The Glories of Mary, by St. Alphonsus de Liguori
I have not read this book, but I am about to start it soon. I heard it’s a great book, and you will really become informed on why Mary is so important to us!
The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux
I have not read this one either, but I will start on it soon! St. Therese of Lisieux is a great saint! You should definitely read this!
The Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, by St. Faustina
I really really really want to read this! Really! Just want to so badly! I love the Divine Mercy devotion! Heard it’s really great and should be really savored!!!
Summa Theologica, by St. Thomas Aquinas
Very long, but very informative. He’s going to convince. Like 90% sure.
Anything by the Church Fathers (Sts. Augustine, Iraneus, etc.)
Well, that’s it for this blog post. I hope that God will continue to bless you!