Top Ten Books to Read for Beginner (and Not-So-Beginner) Catholics

Growing up in Wisconsin meant summers at the cabin which meant lots and lots of campfires. I learned from an early age all the steps to make a ragin’ campfire (and the biggest s’mores).

We were taught how to gather kindling, the right logs, and the perfect construction to get the blaze going. And also how hot the embers still burn even after the flames are gone (the back of my leg can tell you that story another time).

Reflecting on the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke with these memories of campfires has made me consider how I kindle (or don’t kindle) my heart:

I came to cast fire upon the earth, and would that it were already kindled! (Luke 12:49)

Is my heart already kindled like I would kindle a fire? Or is it distracted, empty, unprepared for the fire of His love? Will my zeal fizzle out, or will I become a burning light for others?

St. Catherine of Sienna said

Once the logs are heated through and through, the fire burns and changes them into itself, giving them its own color and warmth and power.

In other words, we become like Jesus. Consumed only by Him.

To me, good kindling for my Faith often comes in the form of reading. I certainly don’t know everything and constant learning helps the fire build in my soul.

Here are my top ten must read books for beginner Catholics or anyone needing a starting point to feed the fire of Faith (and share that fire with others).

Angie’s Top Ten Catholic Reads

  1. Swear to God by Scott Hahn
  2. Theology for Beginners by Frank J Sheed
  3. Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (read it here for free online)
  4. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  5. Bible Basics for Catholics by John Bergsma
  6. The Meaning of Vocation in the Words of St. John Paul II by Scepter Publishers
  7. The World’s First Love by Archbishop Fulton J Sheen
  8. Making Sense Out of Suffering by Peter Kreeft
  9. Good News About Sex and Marriage by Christopher West
  10. The Way by St. Josemaría Escrivá

What would you add to this list? Share your top Catholic reads below!

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