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 those mentioned on this book list…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 they 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).
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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
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
Conversation with Christ. – Rev. Father Peter Thomas Rohrbach, O.C.D.
Treasure and Tradition: The Ultimate Guide to the Latin Mass – Lisa Bergman
End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life – Fr. Charles Arminjon, 1881
Some Notes for the Guidance of Parents – Fr. Daniel A. Lord
The Valiant Woman – Monseigneur Landriot The Valiant Woman, Conferences for Women
Sins of the Tongue – Monseigneur Landriot Sins of the Tongue
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
By Love Refined – Alice von Hildebrand By Love Refined
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
The Raccolta – These eight hundred prayers touch practically every spiritual and physical need, and every personal and societal hope.
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
Fascinating Womanhood – Helen Andelin Fascinating Womanhood
The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands – Dr. Laura Schlessinger The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands
Love and Respect – Emmerson Eggerichs Love and Respect
Courtship and Marriage and the Gentle Art of Homemaking by Annie S. Swan, 1894
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
Catholic Novels/History and Miscellaneous:
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.