Favorite Books

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Table of Contents:

Catholic Faith

St. Augustine’s Confessions

The Three Ages of the Interior Life by Rev. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

More Than a Carpenter by Josh D. McDowell and Sean McDowell

Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World by Henri J. M. Nouwen

Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart by Jacques Philippe

And You are Christ’s: The Charism of Virginity and the Celibate Life by Thomas Dubay

Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila

The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth by Scott Hahn

The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

How to Converse With God by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Descending Fire: The Journal of a Soul Aflame by Fr. Jean Petit

Devotion to the Sacred Heart by The Benedictine Convent of Clyde Missouri


Youth Ministry

Christ is Alive (Christus Vivit) by Pope Francis

Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry by USCCB

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry: A personal and practical guide to starting right by Doug Fields

Rebuilding Youth Ministry: Ten Practical Strategies for Catholic Parishes by Christopher Wesley

The Art of Forming Young Disciples: Why Youth Ministries Aren’t Working and What to Do About It by Everett Fritz

Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus by Sherry A. Weddell

Leadership for Catholic Youth Ministry: A Comprehensive Resource



Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Dante’s Divine Comedy

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

1984 by George Orwell

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Mariette in Ecstasy by Ron Hansen

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

One by Richard Bach



The Essential Rumi

The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose of John Donne

Love Poems by Pablo Neruda

I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy – Hafiz

Complete Poems and Selected Letters by John Keats

The Waste Land and Other Poems by T.S. Eliot

Selected Poems by E. E. Cummings

Flame of Love: Poems of the Spanish Mystics St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila

The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

Rimas y Leyenda por Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer

Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West by Daniel Ladinsky



Night by Elie Wiesel

The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth by M. Scott Peck

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Becoming Supernatural: How Common People are Doing the Uncommon by Dr. Joe Dispenza

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy Ferris

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

Hiroshima by John Hersey

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Dr. Jordan Peterson

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey


For Writers

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. , E.B. White

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Non-Fiction by William Zinsser

MLA Handbook: 8th Edition

How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines by Thomas C. Foster


Theology & Philosophy

Boethius’ The Consolation of Philosophy

Bonaventure (Classics of Western Spirituality)

Dionysius the Areopagite on the Divine Names and the Mystical Theology

The Sickness Unto Death: A Christian Psychological Exposition of Edification & Awakening by Anti-Climacus by Søren Kierkegaard

The Hero With 1000 Faces by Joseph Campbell

Beyond Good & Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche

The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts