Books: Being Catholic

  • Life Is Worth Living by Fulton J. Sheen

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    Archbishop Fulton Sheen's renowned and inspiring television series, "Life Is Worth Living", was watched by millions of viewers from all walks of life and every religious belief. This book contains the full-length scripts of forty-four of those top-rated programs that drew thousands of letters wee...

  • Practical Theology: Spiritual Direction from St. Thomas Aquinas by Peter Kreeft

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    St. Thomas Aquinas has been admired throughout the ages for his philosophical brilliance and his theological sanity, but author and professor Peter Kreeft thinks the practical spiritual wisdom of Aquinas is just as amazing.

    In this book, Kreeft brings together 358 useful, everyday insights fro...

  • Subverted by Sue Allen Browder

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    Contraception and abortion were not originally part of the 1960s women’s movement. How did the women’s movement, which fought for equal opportunity for women in education and the workplace, and the sexual revolution, which reduced women to ambitious sex objects, become so united?

    In Subverted,...

  • Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales

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    Written over 400 years ago, the Introduction to the Devout Life is still one of the most popular books for those pursuing holiness. St. Francis de Sales explains how to turn that desire for sanctity into resolutions that yield grace-filled results.

    Themes include:

    Pursuing a devout life who...

  • If Your Mind Wanders at Mass by Thomas Howard

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    Distractions, fatigue, boredom at Sunday worship—maybe we experience these because we don't fully appreciate what's going on at Mass. Howard's profound and practical look at the liturgy focuses our wandering minds. It reminds us that at Mass the veil separating earth and heaven lifts, so that we ...

  • How to Share Your Faith with Anyone: A Practical Manual for Catholic Evangelization by Terry Barber

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    Recent popes have challenged all Catholics to participate in the New Evangelization. But most Catholics feel ill-equipped to take up the challenge. Terry Barber, founder of St. Joseph Communications, has written a practical guide that takes much of the pain and uncertainty out of sharing one's fa...

  • How to Raise Good Catholic Children by Mary Reed Newland

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    First published fifty years ago, How to Raise Good Catholic Children is a rare treat for today's parents: a wise and readable book on child care that derives its wisdom from the Catholic home rather than from psychologists.

    Author Mary Reed Newland here draws on her own experiences as the moth...

  • How to Be Holy: First Steps in Becoming a Saint by Peter Kreeft

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    "Life, in the end, has only one tragedy: not to have been a saint." – Léon Bloy

    The ever-popular and prolific Peter Kreeft says that the most important question he has written about is how one becomes holy, or to put it another way, how one becomes a saint. This question is central to all the ...

  • The Catholic Family Handbook by Fr. Lawrence G. Lovasik

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    Here is a crucial book for you if you want to shield your family from the effects of our selfish secular culture, which destroys families and poisons relationships.

    Fr. Lawrence Lovasik, the renowned author of The Hidden Power of Kindness, gives faithful Catholics all the essential ingredients...

  • God or Nothing: A Conversion of Faith by Robert Cardinal Sarah & Nicolas Diat

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    In this fascinating autobiographical interview, one of the most prominent and outspoken Catholic Cardinals gives witness to his Christian faith and comments on many current controversial issues. The mission of the Church, the joy of the gospel, the “heresy of activism”, and the definition of marr...

  • The Ear of the Heart: An Actress' Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows by Mother Dolores Hart & Richard DeNeut


    "Listen and attend with the ear of your heart." - Saint Benedict.

    Dolores Hart stunned Hollywood in 1963 when, after ten highly successful feature films, she chose to enter a contemplative monastery. Now, fifty years later, Mother Dolores gives this fascinating account of her life, with co-aut...

  • From Islam to Christ: One Woman's Path through the Riddles of God by Derya Little

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    Born and raised in Muslim Turkey, Derya Little wandered far and wide in search of her true home. After her parents' divorce, she rejected her family's Islamic faith and became an atheist. During her stormy adolescence, she tried to convince a Christian missionary that there is no God but was conv...

  • Fire Within: Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, & the Gospel on Prayer

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    This book is the fruit of Fr. Dubay's many years of study and experience in spiritual direction. He synthesizes the teachings on prayer of the two great doctors of the Church on prayer—St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila—and the teaching of Sacred Scripture.

    But the teaching that Fr. D...

  • The Little Oratory by David Clayton & Leila Lawler

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    Keeping a faithful prayer life with your family isn't easy. From herding distracted children to managing the seemingly endless litany of prayers and devotions, our spiritual life all too often feels frantic and burdensome.

    This isn't the way it should be. Our prayer life, our family life, and ...

  • The Noonday Devil by Dom Jean-Charles Nault

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    The noonday devil is the demon of acedia, the vice also known as sloth. The word “sloth”, however, can be misleading, for acedia is not laziness; in fact it can manifest as busyness or activism. Rather, acedia is a gloomy combination of weariness, sadness, and a lack of purposefulness. It robs a ...

  • Deep Conversion Deep Prayer by Thomas Dubay

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    Fr. Thomas Dubay is one of the most popular and respected retreat masters and spiritual directors in the USA. He is the author of the perennial best-selling book on prayer and contemplation, Fire Within. In Deep Conversion Deep Prayer, he responds to the call to priests by both Pope John Paul II ...

  • Catholics Confronting Hitler by Peter Bartley

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    Written with economy and in chronological order, this book offers a comprehensive account of the response to the Nazi tyranny by Pope Pius XII, his envoys, and various representatives of the Catholic Church in every country where Nazism existed before and during WWII.
    Peter Bartley makes extens...

  • The Porn Myth by Matthew Fradd

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    The Porn Myth is a non-religious response to the commonly held belief that pornography is a harmless or even beneficial pastime. Author Matt Fradd draws on the experience of porn performers and users and the expertise of neurologists, sociologists, and psychologists to demonstrate that pornograph...

  • The School of Nazareth: A Spiritual Journey with St. Joseph by Mark Hartfiel


    "The Holy Family is the beginning of countless other holy families." —Pope John Paul II.

    There is a beautiful tradition in the Church that St. Joseph lived on the Earth with Jesus and Mary for thirty years. Thirty years to adore the face of Our Lord and Savior, thirty years to contemplate the ...

  • The Soul's Upward Yearning by Fr. Robert Spitzer

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    Since the early twentieth century, scientific materialism has so undermined our belief in the human capacity for transcendence that many people find it difficult to believe in God and the human soul. The materialist perspective has not only cast its spell on the natural sciences, psychology, phil...

  • The Way of the Disciple by Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis

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    This book explores in depth six Gospel scenes so as to discover in these the essential elements of Christian discipleship. It describes the basic requirements for receiving the Word of God effectively in our hearts: namely, that we "become wet clay in God's hands", so that God can impress upon us...

  • Catholics in America: Religious Identity & Cultural Assimilation from John Carroll to Flannery O'Connor by Russel Shaw

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    This book is a collection of popularly written profiles of some of the leading figures in American Catholic history. The group includes Archbishop John Carroll, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Orestes Brownson, Cardinal James Gibbons, Al Smith, Dorothy Day, Cardinal Francis Spellman, President John F....

  • C.S. Lewis: The Man Who Created Narnia by Michael Coren

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    Michael Coren, an expert on the life and writings of Lewis, presents an engrossing biography for young people and adults of the man "who created Narnia". Following the publicity of the first of several theatrical major feature films from Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, this biography, lavishly illu...

  • Transforming Power of Faith by Pope Benedict XVI

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    "Having faith in the Lord is not something that involves solely our intelligence, the area of intellectual knowledge; rather, it is a change that involves our life, our whole self: feelings, heart, intelligence, will, corporeity, emotions, and human relationships. With faith everything truly chan...