Thursday, January 7, 2016

Best Catholic Books I Read in 2015


Here’s my list of best Catholic books I read and reviewed in 2015 — best books for engaged couples, married couples, divorced people, women, kids, and —  well — everyone. Enjoy!

Engaged Couples


Invited: The Ultimate Catholic Wedding Planner: I can't say enough about this great book. A real two-for-one deal, it includes help with the practical aspects of getting married in the Catholic Church plus a crash course in theology. All delivered from a fresh, young perspective that is utterly captivating.

Married Couples


The Journey of Our Love: St. Gianna Molla is hands-down the most relatable saint of the modern era. A working mother, she adored her husband Pietro even as she worried about his safety on long business trips away from home. This collection of the couple's letters and postcards is organized chronologically so you can follow their correspondence as if they were having a conversation right in front of you.

Adoption: Room for One More? What would might lead parents of seven biological children to adopt another child? Find out in this how-to book that guides prospective parents through discernment of the call to adopt.

Divorced People


Eve's Apple: This tell-all goes through so many surprising twists and turns that you'd almost think it was fiction. From meetings with European royalty to dusty ambushes in Somalia, the book chronicles the romantic and professional successes and defeats of a female soldier who found her way back to the Church and true love via her third marriage.

Women


Walk Softly and Carry a Great Bag: On-the-Go Devotions: Written for a woman at any stage in her life, this small devotional is sized to fit into a purse and provide inspiration on-the-go. We may not think we have time for God, but with the help of this book it's surprisingly easy to turn to him for help throughout the day.

Kids


Palace of the Twelve Pillars: Dragons. Princes. Magic. Need I say more? A great read for middle-schoolers and up, this book provides good clean fun within the context of a classic battle between good and evil. The religious symbolism is understated but real. (The title's reference to twelve pillars is actually a nod to the twelve apostles.)

Everyone


Trusting God with St. Thérèse: This spiritual memoir provides excellent advice within the Carmelite tradition. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter encourage us to dig deep and to progress in our interior life.


What was the best Catholic book you read in 2015? Would love to hear from you in the comments.

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15 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing! Sounds like a great book list!
    My Favorite Catholic book I read this past year was;
    St.John Paul the II-His Five Loves by Jason Evert.

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    1. I've been wanting to read that one, since I'm a huge fan of JPII. Thanks for the rec, Gloria!

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  2. "Walking with God", by Tim Gray and Jeff Cavins; and "The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything" by James Martin, SJ.

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    1. My friend Gary Jansen recommends Fr. Martin's book as well. The Cavins book looks great, too. Thanks for commenting!

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  3. "Rediscovering Jesus" by Matthew Kelly (Strongly suggest for Lent. It is nicely split into 40 daily chapters of a couple pages each).
    Also "Your God is too Boring" by Jon Leonetti. Both can be purchased at DynamiCatholic.com

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