A good book is like a fine companion who pours forth its treasures and lightens your days, strengthens your heart and inspires you to grow!
The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. ~James Bryce
I put together this list of books that have especially helped me through the years. I have read much more than this book list includes…many, many books. Looking at my bookshelves you see that they are bursting….and this is only half of them. 🙂
All good books are special but the following books are extra-special. They stand out among the rest.
I know I have not thought of all of them and I may add to this list as I go along.
Some of the books that are on personal development may be a little controversial for you. I put them on this list, too, because they had a profound effect on me. I took what was in accordance with being a Catholic wife and mother and left the rest.
I like this quote and use it in this regard: “Although, as far as I can tell, some of my heroes have not known the light of Christ in this life, I nevertheless learn from them with great joy, remembering the words of St. Thomas, ‘All truth, by whomever spoken, comes from the Holy Spirit'” (On Truth, q. 1, a. 8).
Mary Was Her Life – Sister Maria Teresa Quevedo Mary Was Her Life: The Story Of A Nun, Sister Maria Teresa Quevedo, 1930-1950
Introduction to a Devout Life – St. Francis de Sales An Introduction to the Devout Life (Tan Classics)
Light and Peace – Quadrupani Light and Peace: Instructions for Devout Souls to Dispel Their Doubts
Achieving Peace of Heart – Fr. Narciso Irala, S.J. Achieving Peace of Heart
My Beloved – The Story of a Carmelite Nun My Beloved: The Story of a Carmelite Nun
Searching For and Maintaining Peace – Fr. Jacques Phillipe Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart
The Family That Overtook Christ – Father Raymond The Family that Overtook Christ
An Easy Way to Become a Saint – Fr. Paul O’Sullivan An Easy Way To Become A Saint
All About the Angels – Fr. Paul O’Sullivan All About the Angels
With God in Russia – Walter J. Ciszek, S.J. With God in Russia
He Leadeth Me (Sequel to With God in Russia) – Walter J. Ciszek. S.J. He Leadeth Me
Christ in the Home – Fr. Raoul Plus, S.J. Christ in the Home
The Wife Desired – Fr. Leo Kinsella The Wife Desired
The Man for Her (for the guys) – Fr. Leo Kinsella The Man For Her
Mary Reed Newland books with book review and links here.
The Catholic Marriage Manual – Rev. George A. Kelly The Catholic Marriage Manual
The Catholic Family Handbook – Rev. George A. Kelly The Catholic Family Handbook
My Prayer Book – Father Lasance My Prayer-Book (Happiness in Goodness)
The Precious Blood Manual – Sisters of the Precious Blood The Precious Blood and Mother: a Compilation of Prayers from Approved Sources
The Prisoner of Love – Father Lasance The Prisoner of Love
Divine Intimacy – Father Gabriel of St Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.. Divine Intimacy: Meditations on the Interior Life for Every Day of the Liturgical Year
Personal Development Books:
Dare to Dream – Florence Litauer Dare to Dream
Personality Plus – Florence Litauer Personality Plus: How to Understand Others by Understanding Yourself
Attitudes that Attract Success Attitudes that Attract Success: You Are Only One Attitude Away from a Great Life
Surrendered Wife – Laura Doyle The Surrendered Wife: A Practical Guide To Finding Intimacy, Passion and Peace
More Hours in My Day – Emilie Barnes More Hours in My Day: Proven Ways to Organize Your Home, Your Family, and Yourself
Simple Secrets to a Beautiful Home – Emilie Barnes Simple Secrets to a Beautiful Home: Creating a Place You and Your Family Will Love
Open Heart, Open Home – Karen Mains Open Heart, Open Home: The Hospitable Way to Make Others Feel Welcome & Wanted
Created to be His Helpmeet – Debi Pearl Created to be His Help Meet: Discover How God Can Make Your Marriage Glorious
Fascinating Womanhood – Helen Andelin Fascinating Womanhood
The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands – Dr. Laura Schlessinger The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands
The Catholic Girl’s Guide – Father Lasance The Catholic girl’s guide: Counsels and devotions for girls in the ordinary walks of life, and in particular for the Children of Mary
The Young Man’s Guide – Father Lasance YOUNG MAN’S GUIDE by Father Lasance
Leading the Little Ones to Mary – Sister Mary Lelia Leading the Little Ones to Mary
Mary Fabyan Windeatt books (there are many of them) – The Miraculous Medal: The Story of Our Lady’s Appearances to Saint Catherine Laboure
Beautiful Girlhood – Mable Hale Beautiful Girlhood
Outlaws of Ravenhurst – M. Imelda Wallace Outlaws of Ravenhurst
Come Rack, Come Rope – Robert Hugh Benson Come Rack! Come Rope!
Masterful Monk Series – Owen Francis Dudley The Masterful Monk
Louis de Wohl Books with book review and links here.
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