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Best Catholic Spiritual Books You Should Enjoy

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Catholic Spiritual books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. Spiritual Handbook for Catholic Evangelists: How to Win Souls Without Losing Your Own (2014)

Best Catholic Spiritual Books You Should EnjoyNearly a century ago, the Trappist monk Jean-Baptiste Chautard sat in the silence of his cell and wrote this classic book, showing us how to live in the noise and bustle of the world and to win more souls for Christ. Praised by Pope St. Pius X, Pope Benedict XV, and by many cardinals and bishops, Spiritual Handbook for Catholic Evangelists was an instant hit when it was first published in 1912, and has since been read with gratitude by hundreds of thousands of busy parents, teachers, preachers, catechists, and other Christians working in the world to save souls without losing their own….
Author(s): Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard

2. Spiritual but Not Religious: The Search for Meaning in a Material World (2019)

Best Catholic Spiritual Books You Should EnjoyMore people than ever find themselves unfulfilled by merely material abundance and prosperity. More people than ever find their hearts yearning for some kind of satisfaction beyond swiping right or going viral. This is because the human soul was made for more than video games, social media, SMS messages, and flashy distractions. This book, written with the warmth, sincerity, and clarity characteristic of Father Bartunek’s many popular books, opens the door to a rediscovery of the spiritual landscape present in every human heart. Maybe you are spiritually restless yourself. Maybe you know others who are, and…
Author(s): Bartunek L.C., John

3. A Handbook for Spiritual Directors: An Ignatian Guide for Accompanying Discernment of God’s Will (2017)

Best Catholic Spiritual Books You Should EnjoyTimothy Gallagher has focused his entire adult life to studying and teaching Ignatian spirituality. For decades he has made it the focus of his work to guide spiritual directors in the rich Ignatian discipline which currently is experiencing a remarkable renaissance far beyond the Catholic realm. Out of this work grew the Handbook for Spiritual Directors which will make Fr. Gallagher’s extraordinary teaching available to Fr. Gallagher’s growing audience around the world. This book helps spiritual directors guide the process of…
Author(s): Fr. Timothy Gallagher

4. Practice Makes Catholic: Moving from a Learned Faith to a Lived Faith (Toolbox Series) (2011)

Best Catholic Spiritual Books You Should EnjoyThird Place, Resources for Ministry categoryACP Excellence in Publishing Awards, 2012Third Place, Popular Presentation of the Catholic Faith categoryCatholic Press Association book awards, 2012“Paprocki’s book is…rich with information, wit, and wisdom and short on preachiness.”It is said that practice makes perfect, but what else does practice make? If you ask Joe Paprocki, he’ll say that practice makes Catholic—that is, there are certain distinct practices that make us essentially Catholic. The problem is that many Catholics don’t…
Author(s): Paprocki DMin, Joe, Doug Hall

5. A Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac: Cultivating Your Faith Throughout the Year (2015)

Best Catholic Spiritual Books You Should EnjoyA Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac is the first book to offer gardeners spiritual resources and creative projects that connect a love of gardening with their Catholic faith. Margaret Realy, master gardener, retreat leader, and writer, presents this spiritual companion that follows the natural and liturgical seasons and offers gardening tips and easy-to-do projects for each month of the year.This one-of-a-kind book for gardeners explores the riches of the Catholic spiritual tradition in conjunction with all things gardening. Margaret Rose Realy–master gardener, retreat leader, and author of the Patheos blog "The Catholic…
Author(s): Margaret Rose Realy

6. The Art of Spiritual Warfare: The Secret Weapons Satan Can’t Withstand (2018)

Best Catholic Spiritual Books You Should EnjoySince the beginning of time, a fierce spiritual battle has raged between the forces of good and evil. Today the spiritual entities of wickedness are winning, burdening countless souls in a world lacerated by evil.To claim victory, God is calling us to engage in spiritual warfare as the only way to save the world from the desolation that is sure to come.In these pages, theologian Venatius Oforka explains that we are part of a spiritual web through which God acts to save souls. No longer does God create out of nothing. Instead, He achieves His purposes through the prayers and actions we pour in.To win such a…
Author(s): Venatius Oforka

7. Catholic Spiritual Practices: A Treasury of Old and New (2014)

Best Catholic Spiritual Books You Should EnjoyThere is a story of a young violinist who had an audition at Carnegie Hall. As she hurriedly exited the subway, she was momentarily disoriented. To her relief, she saw an old man with a violin under his arm and thought that surely he would know.  "Sir, can you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?" she asked. "Practice," he said, with a grin. It's the same way with Catholic spirituality—growing in faith is all about practice.  This collection by today's most respected Catholic writers offers a compendium of these…
Author(s): Father Colleen Griffith, Father Thomas Groome

8. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius: or Manresa (Tan Classics) (1999)

Best Catholic Spiritual Books You Should EnjoyIs it time to take your spiritual pulse, re-orient yourself to your Creator, and seek His guidance to live your faith more seriously?The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola outline the rigorous self-examination and spiritual meditations St. Ignatius set forth. Readers will learn how to make a new beginning on the path to holiness, repenting of their sins and attaining freedom from Satan's power. Though St. Ignatius wrote The Spiritual Exercises as a handbook for a four week guided retreat, this edition contains step by step explanations suitable for independent use over any time period. This is the original TAN edition…
Author(s): Ignatius of Loyola

9. The St. Francis Prayer Book: A Guide to Deepen Your Spiritual Life (2004)

Best Catholic Spiritual Books You Should EnjoyThis warm-hearted little book is a window into the soul of St. Francis, one of the most passionate and inspiring followers of Jesus. "Prayer was to Francis as play is to a child: natural, easy, creative, and joyful," author Jon Sweeney tells us. "Before it became common to speak in personal terms of a relationship with God, Francis did so and made it seem natural." With this guide, readers will: #84,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #177 in Christian Prayer Books (Books) #185 in Christian Saints #1368 in Christian Inspirational Would you like to ?If you are a…
Author(s): Jon M. Sweeney

10. Spiritual Warfare for Catholics: (2007)

Best Catholic Spiritual Books You Should EnjoyHow to use the weapons in your spiritual arsenal Dave was a faithful husband and a model parishioner, yet he suffered guilt and shame over a secret addiction to pornographic movies and magazines. Sue suffered from recurring nightmares, having dabbled in the occult years earlier. It never occurred to either Sue or Dave that evil spirits might be at work to heighten their problems, or that spiritual warfare might help in combating their besetting sins. Like many Catholics, they were unaware of how to use the weapons in their spiritual arsenal. ‘Spiritual Warfare for Catholic’ is an invaluable guide to the unseen…
Author(s): Jeffrey J. Steffon

11. Hospitality: The Heart of Spiritual Direction (Spiritual Directors International) (2006)

Best Catholic Spiritual Books You Should EnjoyIn this latest addition to the Spiritual Directors International Series, professional spiritual directors and those in formation programs learn to extend traditional forms of hospitality by living out its deeper meaning as they explore ways in which the spirit of hospitality enriches the spiritual direction experience. The Spiritual Directors International Series – This book is part of a special series produced by Morehouse Publishing in cooperation with Spiritual Directors International (SDI), a global network of some 6,000 spiritual directors and members. #784,612 in Books (See Top 100…
Author(s): Leslie A. Hay

He’s an Opus Dei priest and fellow book-lover, and he’s put together what he calls the “Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan” including the best Catholic books of all time (the late Fr. John Hardon has a book with the same name.) From biography to literature, history to spirituality, the list includes something for everyone. Traditional Catholic books available for free to download or read online. Lives of Saints, writings of Saints, Church Fathers and Doctors of the Church. Traditional Catholic reading. Books shelved as catholic-spiritual: Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux by Thérèse de Lisieux, The Imitation of Christ by Thoma Books shelved as catholic-spirituality: The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis, The Spiritual Combat and a Treatise on Peace of Soul by Lorenzo Scupo

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Wisdom’s Missionary: Alfred the Great and the Pursuit of Wisdom in Anglo-Saxon Spirituality

Author(s): James Andrew Estes
Publisher: The Catholic University of America, Year: 2016, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2263920

The Spirituality of Martyrdom: to the Limits of Love

Author(s): Servais Pinckaers OP (Author), Patrick M Clark (Translator), Annie Hounsokou (Translator)
Publisher: The Catholic University of America Press, Year: 2016, Size: 770 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 2328573

Pope Francis. Catholic Spiritual Leader

Author(s): Kris Woll
Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company;ABDO;Core Library, Year: 2014, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1346432

A Catholic Gardener's Spiritual Almanac: Cultivating Your Faith Throughout the Year

Author(s): Realy, Margaret Rose
Publisher: Av, Year: 2012, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2090063

Christ and Spirituality in St. Thomas Aquinas

Author(s): Jean-Pierre Torrell; Bernhard Blankenhorn
Publisher: Catholic University of America Press, Year: 2012, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2346355

Fathers and Godfathers: Spiritual kinship in early-modern Italy (Catholic Christendom, 1300-1700)

Author(s): Guido Alfani
Publisher: , Year: 2009, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 555526

Vittoria Colonna and the Spiritual Poetics of the Italian Reformation (Catholic Christendom, 1300-1700)

Author(s): Abigail Brundin
Publisher: , Year: 2008, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 445505

Catholic Spirituality and Prayer in the Secular City

Author(s): Robert A. Burns
Publisher: , Year: 2008, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 457928

Sin against the Innocents: Sexual Abuse by Priests and the Role of the Catholic Church (Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality)

Author(s): Thomas G. Plante Ph.D.
Publisher: , Year: 2004, Size: 13 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 486613

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly hot items according to The Wall Street Journal, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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