Book List

Upcoming — Meets Second Monday of the month at 7:00 pm, usually in the one story Conference Center

 

Monday, January 9th, 2017: Having a Mary Heart in Martha World by Joanna Weaver

Monday, February 13th: God or Nothing: A Conversation on Faith with Robert Cardinal Sarah … will likely narrow down to specific chapters because it’s a longer book

Monday March 13th: Elizabeth Ann Seton by Anne Merwin

Monday April 10th: 7 Secrets of Divine Mercy by Vinny Flynn

Monday May 8th: Hail Holy Queen by Scott Hahn

Past Selections

December 2016 Little Sins Mean A Lot: Breaking Your Bad Habits Before They Break You by Elizabeth Scalia

November 2016 The  Screwtape Letters  by C.S. Lewis

October 2016 My Life with the Saints by James Martin, SJ

June 2016 Beautiful Mercy: Experiencing God’s Unconditional Love So We Can Share It With Others selections by Pope Francis, Cardinal Wuerl, Scott Hahn and others

May 2016 special joint meeting with the Mental Health Ministry to discuss The Catholic Guide to Depression by Aaron Khieraty, MD

April 2016 The Unseen Power of Prayer: A Catholic Perspective by Michael McDevitt

March 2016 A Prayer Journal by Flannery O’Connor You might see yourself in her journal pages, and you will learn more about living the Faith.

February 2016 Healing: Bringing the Gift of God’s Mercy to the World by Mary Healy. Strong scriptural case for charismatic practices and faith in Jesus the Healer.

January 2016 Rediscover Jesus by Matthew Kelly Great gift for anyone

December 2015 The Ten Commandments by Msgr Charles Pope Sounded dry and wound up a keeper

November 2015 Good News, Bad News: Evangelization, Conversion and the Crisis of Faith by Russell Shaw and Fr. C. John McCloskey

September 2015 The Church of Mercy words of Pope Francis Challenging and uplifting words, insight into all the constituencies the Pope addresses.

August 2015 Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It by Jennifer Fulweiler High tech elite Atheist discovers the world doesn’t make sense and the Church does.

July 2015 The Way of Serenity: Finding Peace and Happiness in the Serenity Prayer by Fr. Jonathan Morris Need encouragement? Here you go.

June 2015 Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist by Brandt Pitre Enlightening scripture study on who Jesus is and why He is with us in Holy Communion.

May 2015 Forming Intentional Disciples: the Path to Knowing and Following Jesus by Sherry Weddell Light bulb moment: Catholics seem perennially reluctant to talk about, you know, Jesus. You can’t evangelize if you can’t express how God is working in your own life. Interesting complement to Matthew Kelly.

April 2015 Beatitudes: Eight Steps to Happiness by Raniero Cantalamessa and Marsha Daigle Williamson Recommended.

March 2015 Prayer for Beginners by Peter Kreeft Powerful small book.

February 2015 Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic by Matthew Kelley (at that time available from usual outlets plus DynamicCatholic.com and LighthouseCatholicMedia.org) Good practical advice on the pillars of prayer, study, generosity — and especially — evangelization.

January 2015 Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life by Elizabeth Scalia Fascinating; goes in unexpected directions explaining what we put between us and God … why people are so intolerant today … how “Jesus is here to help us get out of our own way”.

December 2014:  Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World by Brandon Vogt Very popular selection on saints who are people of action throughout the ages.

November 2014: When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers by Marcellino D’Ambrosio Good to have on the shelf for reference or to skim to “meet the family” of the early Church. Also good to realize what the first Christians were up against.

October 2014: Faith That Transforms Us: Reflections on the Creed by Cardinal Wuerl Short, provocative, informative breakdown of the Nicene Creed. This one is high up the list — and would be perfect for RCIA.

September 2014: The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming Henri J.M. Nouwen Classic book on Christian identity and discipleship. Great gift for those who need to understand how deeply they are loved.

August 2014: More of the Holy Spirit: How to Keep the Fire Burning in Our Hearts Ann Shields Need a little revival? Not really sure what Confirmation was about in first place? Here is your answer. Lovely small book to pass around.

July 2014: Angels of God: The Bible, the Church and the Heavenly Hosts Mike Aquilina Had you thought of setting your own, or someone else’s, guardian angel off on a task? Great gift for those who need a little comfort or whose New Age-y tendencies could be redirected.

June 2014: Rediscover Catholicism Matthew Kelly Genius of this book is an emphasis on small, concrete steps for self-help in faith life. Give to those who are lukewarm or away.

May 2014:  Under the Mantle Fr. Don Calloway Collection of talks on various topics with an excellent treatment of Reconciliation. Great gift for those who grew up surrounded by traditional pious practices and weren’t sure what was going on.

April 2014: A Biblical Walk Through the Mass Edward Sri Clear and engaging guide to the scriptural basis for the Mass. Great gift for those who are trying to appreciate the whys, converting, or like a good reference book.

March 2014: 7 Secrets of Confession Vinny Flynn Practical and informative help for the great gift of Reconciliation many of us have a hard time with! Great gift for those preparing to become Catholic or to mention as a resource when the topic of Reconciliation comes up.

February 2014: Surrender! The Life Changing Power of Doing God’s Will Fr. Larry Richards Top pick. Liberating. Life-changing. Just read it and pass along your copy. Particularly good gift for the guys you’re trying to get more interested in church.

January 2014: The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality Fr. Ron Rolheiser Profound insight into how every aspect of our being can be brought into conformance with Christ. Rolheiser wrote a new book in 2014 as an update. Great gift for thinkers who don’t think they’ve got religion.

December 2013:  Choosing Joy: The Secret of Living a Fully Christian Life Dan Lord  To be Christian is to be cheerful; a short sweet book on how and why. Great gift for anyone who thought religion was just about the rules.

November 2013: The Lamb’s Supper Scott Hahn Must-read book to understand what is going on during the Eucharist, on earth and in heaven. Your view of and love for the Mass will never be same. Great gift for returning Catholics or those who want to dig into the ritual.

October 2013: The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life Fr. James Martin Excellent and witty guide on how to think about God and prayer. Do not miss the chapter on obedience. Great gift for anyone, of any creed.

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