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Thanks, TRUEFAITH.

That's so cool, Jennyjane!

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thanks truefaith

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i would like to recommend Raymond Arroyos books, they are orthodox Catholic writing (nonfiction).

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Love Scott Hahn! He came and spoke at my school a few years back...awesome!


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SNOWYOWL - I looked up Scott Hahn. I had no idea he was so prolific a writer! I had heard of Rome Sweet Home (am I typing that correctly?), but had no idea he had written so much. I should really read some of his stuff.

Was it Lamb's Supper that you were thinking of? I saw that on the list I looked at.

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Mary and the mysteries was a good one

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Wholeheartedly agree. There is an author from the EWTN show, is it Scott Hahn (?) Supper of the Lamb?

There are beautiful books from Sophia Press that inspire me towards Mary and the mysteries of the rosary.

I read a lot of anthroposophical books by Rudolf Steiner and it was through his books that I found my way back home to the church; though he doesn't advocate for the Catholic church.


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Kate enjoy those books too

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I also enjoy Taylor Caldwell's books -

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I don't think all books we read need to be Catholic. In fact, it's good to read some things which we can filter through our Catholic lenses. I enjoy the books by Richard Paul Evans, and just finished and loved The Help by Kathryn Stockett
I also enjoyed Taylor Caldwell's The Listener. I'm reading, with my sighted reader, Grandmother and the Priests also by Caldwell. Very charming, and downright funny in parts.
Kate

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thanks for sharing

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Love and Responsibility, Rediscovering Catholicism, Finding God's Will for You, Three to Get Married, and many more!


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Thanks for the thread and the great comments everyone!

I agree, Ramona, that just because a writer is Catholic doesn't mean they will feed your faith. I was just reading Andrew Greeley's wiki info, and apparently he is a priest, but gave a lot of money in donations to Obama's campaign. *shakes head sadly*

cj

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thanks for sharing

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God is Good all the time. All the time GOD is good.

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I've not read any Pat Conroy. I found Grisham's Bleachers quite moving.
As for the Matthew Kelly book, it's not recorded. But, our pastor ordered 1500 copies for each family to have one, and had to order some more. He has used examples from it a number of times. It was his birthday present to all families, whether a family of one or ten. So, on Pentecost, there were stacks of books in the back of the church. Neat!
My husband and I disagree about his premise that the world is waiting for Catholics to be the real thing. DH says that they will hate us more. I disagree, and think that if we are what we say we are, it will lead to more respect.
Kate

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St Carol Anne O.Marie

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Rome Sweet Home by Kimberly and Scott Hahn - and The Diary of Saint Faustina.

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What about it did you find interesting, Liz?


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I read Rediscover Catholicism a few months ago. It was interesting.


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What about it fascinated you? I'd like to know more...


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I have finally found time to read 'Rediscover Catholicism' by Matthew Kelly. It's fascinating!

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KATE! I believe we were reading 'Karen' and 'With Love From Karen' at very nearly the same time! LOL! That delights me!

That problem with 'catholic' writers is exactly why I'm careful about who I read if I'm looking to inform my faith. A 'Catholic' writer isn't necessarily going to feed your faith, or your relationship with the Church... sad, but true.

A Catholic fiction writer, who I love, is Pat Conroy (Prince of Tides, Great Santini), but if you're looking for a certain truth in faith, it won't be through his books... though because my faith is strong, and because I'm reasonably well-formed in my faith, his books added a richness to my experience because of his characters' struggle with faith and the Church. His books had me asking good questions (by design or accident I know not) that led me deeper into the Church... and his writing is SUBLIME.

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You're welcome for the suggestions anytime. I just reread With Love from Karen by Marie Killilea which was published in the 1960's. I'd first read it and the first book Karen when I was 12, and loved them. We've come so far since then regarding kids with cerebral palsy. The author the first National Association for Cerebral Palsy. I could have the name somewhat wrong. But, she was unashamedly Catholic, and that was a treat. Also just reread Maria Von Trapp's first book, which I loved all over again.
I checked out the Wikipedia link, and many authors I had not heard of, and some were a surprise. But some should not be there. Bernard Cornwell, for example, is far from a good Catholic writer. I've not read his medieval stuff, but my son (not currently attending Mass) says they are very antiCatholic. His book Hitler's Pope is full of lies about Pope Pius XII. Read instead The Myth of Hitler's Pope. Can't remember the name. All the junk about Pius came from a guy named Hokuth who wrote a play called The Deputy. I had to read it at my Catholic college in the early 70's. I was horrified and believed that the Pope was a traitor. The author is a Holocaust denier, believe it or not.
I know there were a few others who made my eyebrows go up, but can't remember them. How the Catholic Church Saved Civilization was very good.
Kate

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Hey, thanks for the new reads to consider, Kate!

I'll go looking for 'Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy' right away. I have read 'In this House of Brede' 6 times, and I'll read it again. I've tried some of Rumer Godden's other books, but didn't like them as well... I have high hopes for your recommendations... I think we like similar stuff.

I'll also check out A.J. Cronin... 'Pocket Full of Rye' sounds intriguing! I've already read, and love Chesterton ('Orthodoxy'!!!!)!

I must say, Kate, you've given me much to think about with respect to the priviledges my eyes afford me... I truly pray that that resources to feed your passions grow more quickly to match your enthusiasm!

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Oh, I'm praying that some of these books in the links are recorded or in Braille! Thanks for the links. Funny, Liz, I was just about to restart a book thread.
Also, welcome to the church, and to the team! You are so very welcome!
I read a book by Ann Tatlock called I'll Watch the Moon which really touched me. The author is not Catholic, but was very compassionate. I agree with everyone about C. S. Lewis, and have read The Great Divorce and Screwtape and the Narnia Chronicles more than once each.
I recommend A. J. Cronin highly. His Keys of the Kingdom is so beautiful, and Pockt Full of Rye is very thought provoking. I've read much of his writing and have liked every one.
In addition to Rumer Godden's In This House of Brede, read Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy. It's rather a tough book, but worth it.
I can't get too many nonfiction books in a format I can read yet, but want to read Abigail Johnson's book Unplanned, which is about her change from the director of an abortion clinic to a prolife Catholic. I'm hoping that the Kindle Ap for the computer will allow a screen reader so I can read that way.
Yes to Chesterton, unless you like lots of action! He's got a gently and wry sense of humor.
Hope we keep this going for quite a while! I love it. *****
Kate

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thanks for the tips

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You're welcome! Come back and let me know what you think of what you're reading... I am always looking for a good read, and I love discussing matters of faith!

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Romona, I was looking for both books to grow in faith and also works of fiction. Thanks for your list it will keep me busy for a while.

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God is Good all the time. All the time GOD is good.

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What a great thread lots to learn.

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things:... Psalm 98

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though... we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day my day....So fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal
2 COR 16-18

Doing nothing is the most perfect form of action, when I do nothing there is nothing left undone and there is nothing left to do.... The Way by Lao Tse


 
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Everything you really need is available at:
https://www.tanbooks.com

New to the faith? Check out the Catholic Catechism or the series of Baltimore Catechisms

Search the site for items that interest you regarding the church traditions, but don't miss out on the Church Fathers, and mysticism matters too. You may also want to know that the movie called "The Passion Of The Christ" was very strictly created and directed based on the details provided by the visions experienced by Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824) and recorded. That book is also available:

https://www.tanbooks.com/index.php/page/sh
op:flypage/product_id/184


Looking for fiction, or common sense understandings of Catholic traditions in the world we live in? Well, G.K. Chesterton has got to be the author to look up. From the Father Brown fiction series, to Orthodoxy...this collection alone could satisfy you for years!

HAPPY READING!

"A dead thing goes with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it."

"You cannot grow a beard in a moment of passion."

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Hi, Liz & everybody! I LOVE book lists, and I can't wait to dip into the treasures that end up here.

Liz, you didn't really say if you were looking for books to grow in faith, or novels that reflect Catholic teaching/faith. Specifically in answer to your question, Catholic books I can personally recommend include:

'The Fullness of Proof: Taking Hold of Eternity Now' by Ken Yasinski
www.thechristianbookcorner.com/fullness-of
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(just finished this and I believe every Catholic should read it!)

'The Catholic Way: Faith for Living Today' by Bishop Donald W. Wuerl
The Catechism is a great reference book to keep and read, but it's a little difficult to understand in its fulness at times, especially if you're young in the faith... this a good book to read instead... it is an introduction to the Catechism, and explains the basics and spirit of Catholic doctrine in an easy to understand, heartfelt way.

'Catholicism for Dummies'
Another truly great book to have as a reference book (don't laugh everybody). It is FANTASTIC for answering all of those "I wonder why..." questions. We buy this one for our nieces and nephews, and they usually end up *sincerely* thanking us for it at some point, lol.

'Mass Confusion: The Do's & Dont's of Catholic Worship' Second Edition, Expanded by James Akin
This book makes liturgical issues understandable for the laity.

'Answer Me This!' by Patrick Madrid
This book contains concise and well-documented answers to questions - exactly as Protestants would ask - about what (and why) the Catholic Church believes and teaches.

'Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic' by David B. Currie
(besides explaining what we believe and why in a crystal clear fashion, this book is a reading Catholic's 'must read' as it clearly explains the Fundamentalist mindset with regard to Catholics and gives us the knowledge to refute their claims... and to recognise the bias when we find it in other books related to our faith)

With respect to learning about the core teachings of our faith and how to live it day to day, you can't go wrong with C.S. Lewis... and while he wasn't Catholic (Anglican), the orthodoxy of the Catholic and Anglican Churches is virtually the same, with the exception of Papal authority (the only issue Henry the VIII had with the Church was Papal authority with respect to divorce... he kept everything else). The fact that his writing so acurately reflects Catholic orthodoxy is why the Church encourages Catholics to read his books. My favourites (I've read them at least 3 times each and I get something more every time) include:
'Mere Christianity'
'Screwtape Letters'
'The Great Divorce'
'The Problem of Pain'
'The Chronicles of Narnia'

Now if you're looking for books that allow God to speak to your heart in a deeply personal way...

'Redeeming Love' by Francine Rivers
NOT by a Catholic, but a must read for all Christian women... it healed so many of my heart's wounds... Francine Rivers is an AMAZING writer (I've read everything she's written and recommend it ALL):
Also her 'Mark of the Lion' Trilogy: 'A Voice in the Wind' 'An Echo in the Darkness' 'As Sure As the Dawn' (historical fiction taking place at the time of Christians being martyred by the Romans... I can only pray I could be this faithful)

Books I've read more than once, and will read again (Catholic content, Catholic writers... I learn about the faith, and God works wonders in my life through them):

'Left to Tell: Discovering God: Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust' by Immaculee Ilibagiza
'Dead Man Walking' - by Sr. Helen Prejean (so much more than the movie)
'Father Elijah' by Michael D. O'Brien
In This House of Brede' by Rumer Godden
'The Devil's Advocate' 'The Shoes of the Fisherman' ' The Clowns of God' & 'Lazarus' by Morris West (the Vatican series)
'Collected Stories' by Flannery O'Connor
'Lord of the Rings' & 'The Hobbit' by JRR Tolkien (though I honestly prefer the movies)

Others I liked:

'Callista: A Tale of the Third Century' by John Henry Cardinal Newman
'Prodigal Daughters: Catholic Women Come Home to the Church' by Donna Steichen
'Mary Called Magdalene' by Margaret George (she's not Catholic writer, but she does impecable research)
'A Corner of the Veil' by Laurence Cosse


Here's a reference book for when you run out of things to read:
The Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan
www.amazon.com/Catholic-lifetime-reading-p
lan/dp/1581880006

Here's a dip into the book without having to buy it:
www.holyspiritinteractive.net/columns/john
mccloskey/perspectives/09.asp


VERY cool lists that allow you to preview the books for yourself (may help you best scratch wherever your faith 'itches' at the moment):
Popular Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan Books
www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/catholic-life
time-reading-plan

Popular Catholic Womens Book Club Books
www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/catholic-wome
n-s-book-club

Popular Catholic Novelists' Books
www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/catholic-nove
lists

Novels with Catholic Spirituality
www.amazon.com/Novels-with-Catholic-Spirit
uality/lm/R1LJA5R6ULWANP


I like this list, too (for people who already know a bit about Catholic writers):
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Roman_Catho
lic_writers


Intriguing... any 'takers'?
Free Catholic Novels from Saint Jude Media
www.catholicity.com/novels/



My biggest challenge as a reader is to find good novels/books that entertain/feed me, but are true to the teachings of our faith as well. And not all Catholic writers are 'faithful' to the Church's teachings. My book club made a decision to read only 'Christian' fiction for a year, and then we realized that this wasn't necessarily helping us grow in faith because the vast majority of 'Christian' writers are Fundamentalist Evangelicals, and not Catholic. This was creating confusion in our minds and hearts (and this is when we found 'Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic')... though I find that the more I am living my faith in a Sacramental way in the Church, the more anything I read simply enhances the journey (and why I read a lot of Catholic non-fiction for balance)!


Some non-Catholic books that have set my faith on fire (and which also led me deeper into the Church itself) include:
'The Sunflower' by Simon Wiesenthal
'Safely Home' by Randy Alcorn
'ProLife Answers to ProChoice Arguments' by Randy Alcorn
'He Chose the Nails' by Max Lucado (Eucharist and the Triduum have never been the same since... and while not a Catholic writer, in this book Max Lucado presents nothing in contradiction with Catholic teaching, he only enhances it)
'The Shack' by William P. Young (got to be a little careful with this one)



I especially enjoy historical faith fiction (particularly books that bring the Old Testament to life), so if anyone has any recommendations, I am all ears (Children of the Lion Series - 19 books - by Peter Danielson is AWESOME, but hard to find)!


P.S. I got a little excited and forgot... welcome to the Church, Liz, and to Catholic Critters!

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Looking forward to these suggestions. Thanks for the link!

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I agree with IAJOEB, "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" is a very good book. Right now, I am reading "Jesus of Nazareth" by Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI).


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I found a list it could take the rest of your life to get through.


en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Catholic_aut
hors#English_language


But The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis is a nice fiction book.

I am going to subscribe to this thread.
I might get some books I have not already read.

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like novels or fiction or I read a lot about saints and Blessed mother but read a lot of regular authors

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I'm new to the Catholic faith, I've only been attending mass for about six months and I'm looking for good Catholic books or authors. Does anybody have any recommendations.


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