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October 27, 2011 by  
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Tattered Titles!

What are the most tattered titles on your nightstand?

If you were stuck on a desert island alone but somehow could have just a few books dropped into the sand pit next to your tent, which ones would they be? Which books has God most used to turn your heart towards Him?

Here's my list:

  1. Scripture/Catechism (yes, I cheated but just a little)
  2. Interior Castle – St. Teresa of Avila/All St. Teresa's Writings
  3. Abandonment to Divine Providence – Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade
  4. The Fire Within – Father Thomas Dubay
  5. Searching for and Maintaining Peace – Father Jacques Philippe

Tell us your first name, location (e.g. Betty from Sydney, Australia), and then your top three to five books that you have read or regularly re-read for spiritual sustenance.

IMPORTANT FRUSTRATION AVOIDANCE NOTICE: I have not done this for a long time but I know that there will be folks who break the rules (much worse than I did) and give a list of thirty books (these are usually the same folks who don't read the posts but still strongly disagree with whatever they say). This really defeats the purpose and your post won't make it through moderation which will only require you to go back to your books to find some peace after all that work goes to waste.


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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • Becky Ward

    Becky – Oregon – USA

    1. Bible – Liturgy of the hours
    2. Abandonment to Divine Providence
    3. Catechism
    4. St. John of the Cross combined works (Especially the Dark Night of the Soul 
       & Spiritual Canticle of the Soul.) 
    5. St. Teresa of Avila combined works.

    WOW!! Really hard to narrow this down….and I wanted to ‘borrow’ Dan’s Catechism……..but realized he wouldn’t be there!!

    Can’t wait to see what others list!

  • defiant12314

    Jack – Bristol, UK
    1) Interior Castle – St Teresa of Jesus
    2) Complete Works of Charles Dickens- Charles Dickens
    3) Divine Intimicy – Fr. Gabirial of St Mary Magdalene
    4) Aquinas a begginers Guide- Professor Edward Feser
    5) Visit to the Blessed Sacrament (kinda pointless I know but I do like it)- St Alphonsus

    • inIpso

      I LOVE that little book by St. Alphonsus! Though my favorite by him is “How to Converse Continually and Familiarly with God”

  • Anita

    Anita, from Sydney Australia:

    I only have two life-time essentials:

    1) Holy Bible
    2) True Devotion to Mary – St Louis Marie de Montfort

  • Sandy

    My top five books are:
    1.  The Bible and Liturgy of the Hours
    2.  The Story of a Soul
    3.  St. Teresa of Avila Combined Works
    4.  St. Louis de Montfort’s true Devotion/Total Consecration to Mary
    5.  Christ the Life of the Soul by Blessed Columba Marmion

    This list was hard because I am a huge fan of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI’s writings.

    • Hey Sandy – where are you from?

      • Sandy

        New Albany, Indiana

  • Kathy from Portage, Indiana

    1. Kiss From the Cross by Rhonda Chervin
    2. Dear and Glorious Physician by Taylor Caldwell
    3. Dialogue with the Devil by Taylor Caldwell

  • Annieb

    This is not easy ;
    Imitation of Christ
    Revelations of divine love

    I would like another on the Holy Spirit but would settle for these classics.

    • You did it, well, almost. Where are you from? Who wrote “Revelations of Divine Love”?

      • Joan

        Revelations of Divine Love is by Julian of Norwich- It’s an *amazing* book… One of my very favorites also.

      • Annieb

        Hi, I’m from Bristol, England. Revelations of divine love is a classic by Julian of Norwich. She wrote it in 1373 and it is amazing to read in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

  • Ggibbons3

    My name is Kathleen from Deland FL

    Catechism/ Bible
    St John of the Cross
    Edith Stien
    St Teresa of Avila
    the little Flower

  • Cora

    Cora from Oslo, Norway;

    1.Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalski
    2. Catechism
    3. Hail , Holy Queen (by Scott Hahn/ author of The Lamb’s supper too.)
    4.Crossing the Threshold of Hope (by his Holiness John Paul II)
    5. Rome Sweet Home, our Journey to Catholicism ( Ignatius) ( by Scott and Kimberly Hahn)
    6.Great Saints Great friends ( by Mary NeiL, OP and Ronda Chervin)
    7. Words from Heaven (Messages of Our Lady from MEDJUGORJE) I know that Rome is still not accepting the Medjugorje Miracles etc.) but I am a believer of our Dear Mother of Jesus, the blessed Virgin Mary and so, I can’t just ignore reading her messages to all of us..)
    8.TO THE PRIESTS OUR LADY’S BELOVED SONS ( THe Marian Movement of Priests ( by Father Don Stefano Gobbi) who has been receiving a gift ( messages) from our Dear blessed Mother Mary..
    9. Daily Bread
    10. The Secret of the Holy Rosary

    Honestly, these are the spiritual books that I have been keeping with me for years now but never yet try to read them all but only, I made it  like a daily spiritual reading for me whichever I can pick any of them for a day and I just flick any pages and at the same I always ask the Holy Spirit to give me a thought for a day and for me to reflect it.It is like my daily spiritual nourishment so to nurture myself for being wanted to have an attachment with God always.

    I think I have to start reading each book one at a time so i will be able to digest and understand the whole story or topic in it. Many thanks. God bless always!!

    • Ah – you figured it out, then you cheated! 10 books! Well, since you are all the way in Norway, we will let this one go… Blessings to you!

  • Avila Power

    Avila from Hervey Bay Australia
    Bible-Liturgy of the Hours
    He and I ……Gabrielle Bossi
    Passion for the Possible…….Daniel O’Leary
    Wounded Prophet………Henri Nouwen
    In conversation with God……Francis Fernandez Carvajal
    ………..and many more. ( Like Becky in Oregon..cant wait to see others lists )

  • Delores

    Delores — North Carolina — USA

    Bible and Catechism
    Liturgy of the Hours (hopefully, I would have wifi just for this on the island so I could use my ipod)
    Man’s Search for Meaning by Frankl
    Lord of the Rings by Tolkein
    Introduction to Devout Life by St Frances de Sales

    • $1650412

      I have LOTR in my list too!

  • Mmcannatella

    Mary, from Louisiana
    1. Ignatius Bible with Commentary/Breviary
    2. Interior Castle
    3. Abandonment to Divine Providence
    4. Entering the Silence (Merton’s Journal #2)
    5. Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen
    This was really hard to limit!!!

  • Callmecordelia2

    Jennifer from Massachusetts:
    1.The Gift of Faith by Tadeusz Daczjer
    2. Divine Intimacy by Fr. Gabriel of St.Mary Magdalen
    3. the Bible
    4. The Gift of Oneself by Fr.Joseph Schryvers
    5. Consoling the Heart of Jesus by Michael Gaitley

  • Bible
    Eucharistic Meditation – Father Henri Nouwen
    Passion of the Lamb – Father Thomas Acklin
    Teresa of Avila – collected works
    Theology of the Body – Blessed John Paul II

  • SallyH

    1) No Greater Love ~ Mother Teresa
    2) The Imitation Of Christ ~ Thomas a Kempis
    3) Introduction to the Devout Life ~ Saint Francis de Sales
    4) Interior Castle ~ St. Teresa of Avila
    5) The Fulfillment Of All Desire ~ Ralph Martin

    • Where are you from Sally?

      • SallyH


  • Guest

    Jody – New York

    1. the BIBLE
    2. The Better Part!!!
    3. Story of a Soul
    4. Direction for Our Times as given to Anne, a lay apostle

    God Bless!

  • Ksspielmann

    Kathy from Louisiana

    The Better Part (gained so much insight into the Gospel readings)
    RC prayer book
    I believe in Love personal retreAt with St Therese
    Mother Theresa Total Surrender

  • Mary

    Mary – Perth – Western Australia

    1. The Hours of the Passion by Luisa Piccarreta
    2. Abandonment to Divine Providence
    3. Divine Mercy in my Soul – St Faustina
    4. Book of Heaven Vol 12 – Luisa Piccarreta
    5. Another volume of the Book of Heaven

  • Lindaz

    Linda from Hendersonville, North Carolina, USA
    Life of the Beloved – Henri Nouwen
    God Calling
    Rediscover Catholicism – Matthew Kelly
    Humility and Absolute Surrender – Andrew Morton
    The Return of the Prodigal Son – Henri Nouwen

  • Guest

    Mary Moll – Nairobi, Kenya. 1. The Holy Bible,

    2. Catechism of the Catholic Church,

    3. (Becky313, don’t laugh!!!! – My Daily Bread

    4. Divine Mercy in My Soul – Diary of Saint Faustina Kowalska

    5. Pillars of Fire in My Soul by Robert Stackpole, STD

    6. Blessed Pope John Paul II Encyclicals, especially “Rich in Mercy”

    Dan, you will note I am not an Intellectual Giant but my Mission in Life, now that I have embarked on my 4th and Final Lap of my Life – and as an Eucharistic Apostle of the Divine Mercy – is to spread the Message and Devotion to the Divine Mercy.

    • Becky Ward

      Aw, I couldn’t help it Mary! 🙂 But I’m laughing with you.

      • Fr. RF

        If that’s “My Daily Bread” by Fr. Anthony Paone, SJ from 1954, that is an AWESOME book for spiritual reading! I’ve recommended it to all my directees. And while I’m at it, I highly recommend “My Daily Life” by Fr. Paone, from 1970. 

        Those two publications from the Confraternity of the Precious Blood are still being printed to this day, for good reason!

        • Becky Ward

          I’m adding them to my list of titles to purchase next.

  • Claire

    Claire from Delaware

    Divine Mercy in My Soul
    The Sanctifier
    Catechism of the Catholic Church
    Complete Works of C.S. Lewis (this is sort of cheating)

  • Robbie

    Robbie from MN…I would want In Conversation With God.  It’s several volumes, but only one title.  : )  

  • Robbie Crabtree5

    Robbie – Tennessee – USA

    1. Bible
    2. Liturgy of the Hours
    3. The Better Part
    4. Theology of the Body
    5. Catechism

    • Becky Ward

      Theology of the Body would have made my top 10. Awesome work!!

  • Jeanette

    Jeanette from Stouffville, Ontario Canada

    1. Consoling the Heart of Jesus – Fr. Michael E. Gaitley
    2. Divine Mercy in My Sould – Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska
    3. He and I – Gabrielle Bossis
    4. The Imitation of Christ – Thomas A Kempis
    5. I Believe in Love – Fr. Jean C.J. d’Elbee

  • Teresa from North Carolina

    1. Bible and Liturgy of the Hours
    2. Imitation of Christ
    3. For the Greater Glory of God, by Manuel Ruiz Jurado, S.J. (a workbook on the 30 day Spiritual Exercises recommended to me by my spiritual director)
    4. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, by Fr. John Croiset

  • Nancy from Maryland

    Bible Old and New
    Liturgy of the Hours
    Introduction to the Devout Life St. Francis de Sales
    Abandonment to Divine Providence
    Divine Mercy in my Soul St. Faustina

  • Kathleenm35

    1. Liturgy of the Hours & CCC
    2. The Story of a Soul – St. Therese of Lisieux
    3. Imitation of Christ – Thomas a Kempis
    4. Jesus of Nazareth – Pope Benedict XVI
    5. Confessions – St. Augustine

    So many to choose from, so had to cheat a little!

    I’m Kathleen from Kent, England 

  • Carol

    Carol from Hazleton, PA

    1. Imitation of Christ
    2. Liturgy of the Hours
    3. Divine Intimacy
    4. Daily Roman Missal
    5. Abandonment to Divine Providence

  • – Bible
    -“The Hermitage Within” by a Carthusian
    -“The Imitation of Christ”
    -Complete Works of St. John of the Cross

  • Sheila

    sheila (OCDS) North Carolina, USA

    1. The Liturgy of the Hours
    2. Complete works of St. Theresa of Avila
    3. The story of a soul – St. Therese
    4. Complete works of Elizabeth of the Trinity
    5. The Bible

  • Mary Margaret Lubatti

    Mary from Maine hopes she remembers her reading glasses and would find :
    1. The Bible
    2. Consoling The Heart of Jesus by Michael Gaitley
    3. Divine Intimacy by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen,O.C.D.
    4. Diary of St. Faustina
    5. Jesus Living In Mary – Handbook of the Spirituality of St. Louis Marie 
       De Montfort
       next to my tent.

  • Annbeckemeyer

    Ann, from New Orleans, Louisiana

    1. Divine Intimacy – Fr. Gabriel of Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.
    2. The Holy Ghost, Our Greatest Friend – Fr. Paul O’Sullivan, O.P.
    3. Moments Divine Before the Blessed Sacrament – Fr. Frederick Reuter
    4. Holy Bible
    5. The Story of a Soul – St. Therese of Lisieux

  • Tomyeshua

    I am Tom from New Hampshire. After the Bible, the three books I would want with me on a deserted island are, in order: 1. Story of a Soul by Therese of Lisieux, 2. The Life of Francis of Assisi by Thomas of Celano, and 3. The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis.

  • Aadams0503

    Ann from Bellevue, Ky
    1. The Better Part

    I cannot imagine a day without this book. God speaks to me through it.

  • Angie

    Angie from Ontario

    A few I never want to forget;

    1. Life of Christ, by Fulton J. Sheen
    2. The Holy Longing, by Ron Rolheiser
    3. New Seeds of Contemplation, by Thomas Merton
    4. Deus Caritas Est by Pope Benedict XVI
    5. Collected Works of St John of the Cross

  • Trudy

    Trudy from New Orleans

    1. The Bible
    2. He leadeth me by Fr. Walter J. Ciszek, S.J
    3. Ascent of Mount Carmel by St. John of the Cross
    4. Letters of Blessed John of Avila. By St. John of Avila
    5. The Soul of the Apostolate. By Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard,O.C.S.O.

  • John

    I like C.S.Lewis comment that the best books for us are those we reread.  It is an opinion of a Catholic book seller I talked to at one LA Catechetical Congress and one book publisher (Ave Maria) that Catholics generally don’t read as much as their Protestant neighbors, because we priest don’t promote reading the best books as much as protestant pastors.  I would like to include e-books and CCD’s and DVD but our imagined reading place is a desert island. So that is for another blog.  My favorites which I quickly find are:

    !. Scripture (usually with the daily readings for mass using Magnificat) and Liturgy of the Hours
    2. Vincent Dwyer, Lift Your Sails
    3. M. Eugene Boylan, O.C.R., This Tremendous Lover
    4 .Robert Ellisberg, The Saints Guide to Happiness
    5. Robert Barron, Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of Faith

    Maybe spiritual direction promote spiritual reading.  If I could go on I would include some of the spiritual classics and some of my favorate books on prayer.  But I usually want to promote too much.  Have a good reading with the help of the Holy Spirit.

    John from Indio, CA

    • Becky Ward

      It’s it wonderful how Fr. Barron’s CATHOLICISM is taking off?? 🙂

      I heard the other day that they are in their 3rd press of the DVD series and can barely keep up with the demand!!

      Thanks be to God!!

  • Kelly_peg

    Peggy, The Woodlands,Texas
    The BibleDivine Intimacy- Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary MagdalenTrue Devotion- St Louis de MontfortThe Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena City of God  St. Augustine 

  • Sarah

    Sarah, Ohio

    1. The Bible
    2. Come be my Light, Mother Teresa and Brian Kolodiejchuk
    3. The Fire Within, Fr. Thomas Dubay
    4. The Interior Castle, St. Teresa of Avila
    5. Life of the Beloved, Henri Nouwen

  • Djmetherd2

    The Life of Christ by Bishop Sheen

    The Catechism of the Catholic Church (1993)

    The Bible

    Susan and David, St. Louis, Missouri

  • larrybets

    1. The Bible
    2. Saint Louis De Monfort – Wisdom of God (collected works)
    3. Imitation of Christ
    4. Liturgy of the Hours
    5. St. Teresa of Avila Combined Works
    6. Diary of Saint Faustina
    7. The Life of St. Gemma Galgani
    8. The Mystical City of God: Life of the Virgin Mother of God, manifested to Sister Mary of Jesus of Agreda

    • It’s a good thing I like you Larry – 8!?

      • larrybets

        So very sorry. 🙁 
        I read the big red disclaimer too. Well, I didn’t have enough virtue to hold back on just listing five, so sorry. Thanks for your patience. 😉

    • Susan Larmour

      81? On your nightstand? LOL

  • Diane. E.

    Diane of Seattle-
    1. Bible
    2. Liturgy of the Hours
    3. Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis
    4.Francis and Clare: The Complete Works (The Classics of Western Spirituality)
    by Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi, Regis J. Armstrong and Ignatius C. Brady
    5. Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

    I agree with Mary Margaret – I hope I remember my reading glasses!

  • LizEst

    1. Bible
    2. Liturgy of the Hours
    3. Roman Missal (whatever edition is current then)
    4. Catechism
    5. “Words of Wisdom for Our World–the Precautions and Counsels of St. John of the Cross,” Susan Muto, PhD (a tiny little book–77 pages–published by ICS [Institute of Carmelite Studies] of crystal clear distilled truths that I go back to time and time again when life gets rough)

  • Leah

    Leah- Twisp, WA (yup, it’s a tiny little town in the Cascade Mountains)

    1. Daily Missal, LOTH
    2. My Daily Bread (I love this devotional)
    3. Teresa of Avila combined works
    4. The Great Divorce -CS Lewis (I love all his writings but I don’t know why I re-read this almost every year.)
    5. hmmmm……..

    I also have found Words of Encouragement by Fr Daniel Considine SJ very practical and helpful. The old book with all three volumes is out of print but I find them on ebay occasionally. But I rarely have a copy by my nightstand anymore because every time I reorder it I find someone new to give it to.

    • Terry Carr

      I ws so happy to see The Great Divorce. What a great book for examination of conscience! My favorite of his, which I re-read periodically, also.
      Terry from VA

  • Rita ocds

    Rita from Vilnius, Lithuania
    1.The Bible/ Liturgy of hours
    2.The three ages of the interior life Fr.Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, OP
    3.I want to see God/A daughter of the Church P.Marrie-Eugene, OCD
    4.Imitation of Christ
    5.Teresa of Avila. Combined works

  • Ladybugnun

    1. Liturgy of the Hours/Bible
    2. Vol. 1 Teresa of Avila Works
    3. Vol. 2 Teresa of Avila Works
    4. Treatise on the love of God -Francis de Sales
    5. Divine Intimacy

  • inIpso

    I’m from Northern Virginia.

    1. Bible/LOTH
    2. I Believe in Love by Jean C.J. d’Elbée (AMAZING!!!)
    3. Story of a Soul
    4. The Fire Within

    • Mary in Missouri

      I Believe in Love is my most tattered and worn title. I have many of the others mentioned, and would have a hard time picking 5, but this one is my favorite.

  • Walsh453

    Catherine from Pennsylvania

    1-Holy Bible
    2-Love, Peace and Joy: Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus According to Saint Gertrude by Very Rev. Andre Prevot
    3-Self-Abandonment to Divine Providence by Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade
    4-Introduction to the Devout Life by Francis De Sales
    5-The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a’Kempis



  • TommyG

    Tom Gonzalez – NYC

    1.The Bible/ Liturgy of hours
    2.Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis
    3.Abandonment to Divine Providence
    4.St. John of the Cross – Combined works
    5.St. Teresa of Avila – Combined works It’s interesting how many of us have similar favorites! Maybe I am doing something right! lol. Here are my close considerations:6. The Cloud of Unknowing7. The Spiritual Combat by Lorenzo Scupoli8. Drinking from a Dry Well by Thomas Green 9. When the Well Runs Dry by Thomas Green
    10. Union with God by Blessed Columba Marmion

    • Fr. Thomas Green! Yes, his books have helped me too!

  • Gerry

    Gerry from Maricopa, Arizona:
    1. Bible
    2. Catechism
    3. Imitation of Christ
    4. Liturgy of The Hours

  • Dismas

    The Golden Arrow (Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus, Sr. Mary of St Peter)
    The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Anne Catherine Emmerich)
    Life of the Mystic Luisa Piccarrata (Frank Rega)

  • Dismas

    Sorry, forgot to mention I’m Paul in Sterling, VA:

    The Golden Arrow (Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus, Sr. Mary of St. Peter)
    The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Anne Catherine Emmerich)
    Life of the Mystic Luisa Piccarreta (Frank Rega)

  • Francine

    Francine – from ILL
    1. The Return of the Prodigal Son – by Henri Nouwen
    2. The Way of the Pilgrim
    3. Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints – James Martin, S.J.
    4. Jesus of Nazareth
    5. Abandonmnt to Divine Providence – Sacrament of the Moment
    6. Holy Longing by Ron Rolheiser
    7. The Broken Body: Journey to Wholeness by Jean Vanier
    8. Imitation of Christ
    9. Introduction to the Devout Life – St Francis de Sales
    10 Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl

  • Kit_isis_kat

    Liturgy of Hours 4-volume edition. Does that count for 4? 😉
    Collected Works of St John of the Cross
    Way of Perfection Study Edition
    Diary of Divine Mercy
    Ignatius Study Bible NT

    Monique from Ottawa Canada

  • Mary

    Mary from Texas
    An Introduction to the Devout LIfe by St. Francis De Sales

  • MarkS

    Mark from Augusta, Georgia

    1 Spiritual Diary
    2 Fire Within
    3 The Fulfillment of All Desire
    4 The Imitation of Christ
    5 The Impact of God

  • 4verderbers

    Mary Ann from California
    1. The Bible
    2. Laws of the Spiritual Life by Basil William Maturin
    3. The Better Part

  • Ernie

    Ernie from Trinidad
    1. Bible
    2. Abandonment to Divine Providence
    3. The Sinner’s Guide – Venerable Louis of Granada
    4. Being In love – William Johnston
    5. The secret of the rosary – St. Louis de Montfort

  • Teresa

    Teresa from Melbourne, Australia

    1) Interior Castle ~ St. Teresa of Avila
    2) Imitation of Christ ~ Thomas a Kempis
    3) Divine Intimacy ~ Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen,O.C.D.
    4) The Secret of the Rosary ~ St. Louis Grignion de Montfort    
    5) Divine Mercy in My Soul ~ St Faustina

    Dan, is it possible to collate this info into a spreadsheet and post the data? It would be interesting to see the list of books collectively. I’ll be happy to do this if you need a hand.

    • SusanGL

      I, too (Susan in Texas), would love a compilation of the results!   I’ve just begun formal spiritual direction and am finally beginning to read some of the many books I’ve purchased, but never have read. So, I don’t have a top five yet. Right now I read scriptures of the day and liturgy of the hours using IBreviary on my Ipad at home or in our adoration chapel.

      Of course, I could trust that the Holy Spirit will lead me to the book on my shelf that will help me most.  But I’m confident he also led me to this post.

    • Becky Ward

      Not sure what volunteer is doing this, (you Teresa?) but I believe Dan is working on this list for us.

      Stay tuned!

  • Dianne

    1. The Bible
    2. Imitation of Christ
    3. Abandonment to Divine Providence
    4.  Any book by Thomas Merton5.  Jesus Shock by Peter Kreeft
    6.  Jesus of Nazareth, first book, by Pope Benedict

  • Nancy

    Nancy from Winnipeg, Canada

    1. The Bible/Liturgy of the Hours
    2. Life of Christ by Abp. Fulton J. Sheen
    3. Fire Within by Fr. Thomas Dubay
    4. The Mystery of Faith by Fr. Tadeusz Dajczer
    5. Liber Usualis (hey, I like chant)

  • From email: I am Jan Heetkamp, living in Germany with the Dutch nationality. My favorite books are:
    1. the Holy Bible
    2. the complete works of Teresa of Avila
    3. Titus Brandsma
    4. the works of Juan de la Cruz
    5. Spirituality by Kees Waaijman

  • Alexandra Campbell

    Alex, Sonora California

    the way of perfection-St Teresa
    story of a soul-St Therese
    the living flame of love-St John of the Cross
    the secret diary of elisabeth leseur
    an introduction to the devout life-St. Francis de Sales

  • Alexandra Campbell

    I don’t mean to be critical, but Dan, can you tell definitely where the Church stands on the writings of Luisa Picarreta and Anne a Lay Apostle?

    • Alex – I am not aware. You seem to be. Feel free.

    • Teresa

      Luisa Piccarreta is a Servant of God. Google her name and you’ll see the websites dedicated to her

  • Patti Day

    Patti Day, Charlottesville, VA

    1) Christian Prayer: Liturgy Of The Hours
    2) Imitation of Christ: Thomas A’ Kempis
    3) The Lamb’s Supper: Dr. Scott Hahn
    4) The Fulfillment of All Desire: Ralph Martin 

  • Ian

    Ian from Vancouver:

    1) Imitation of Christ
    2) Drawn Into the Mystery of Christ Through the Gospel of John- Jean Vanier
    3) The Confessions- St. Augustine
    4) The Ragamuffin Gospel- Brennan Manning

  • Nalulemarion

    MARION from Uganda
    1. Imitation of Christ
    2. The Eucharistic Miracles
    3. The Spiritual journey of Newman
    4. The Secrets of the Holy Rosary
    5. Purgatory Explained by the lives and legends of the Saints

  • Ana

    Here is my list, titles, in Spanish since I do not have them in English.

    The Bible. Biblia de Jerusalen
    Imitación de Cristo. Tomas de Kempis [Imitation of Christ]
    Meditaciones sobre la Fe.   P.Tadeusz Dajczer [The Mystery of Faith]
    Practicas de Amor a Jesucristo. San Alfonso. M Ligorio [The Practice of the Love of Jesus]
    Ana de México [Not enough info to translate…]

  • Karen

    Karen, Hawaii
    1. Writings of St. Teresa of Avila
    2. New Seeds of Contemplation, Merton
    3. Descending Fire, Fr. Jean Petit
    4. Divine Intimacy, Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen
    5. Love of the Crucified (100 Meditations)

  • Amaich

    Anne from California:
    de Osuna, Third Spiritual Alphabet;
    St. John of the Cross, Collected Works;
    St. Teresa of Avila, Collected Works, vol.1;
    New Testament;
    Fr. R. Garrigou-Lagrange, the Three Ages of the Interior Life

  • James in Michigan

    1. Sacred Scripture & LOTH
    2. The Soul of the Apostolate – Jean-Baptiste Chautard
    3. Divine Intimacy – Fr. Gabriel
    4. True Devotion to Mary – St. Louis de Monfort
    5. Imitation of Christ

    I’d also like to draw attention to the book “The Way of the Disciple” by Erasmo Leiva Merikakis which has been one of the most helpful books in my spiritual life.

  • Mark A. Rains

    1. The Holy Bible
    2. Dark Night of the Soul, St John of the Cross (cf. Isaiah 45:3)
    3. Self-Abandonment to Divine Providence — Father J.P de Caussade, SJ:
    This is not the recent translation by Kitty Muggeridge. This book is 449
    pages long.
    4. Divine Intimacy — Father Gabriel of St. Mary of Magdala, OCD.
    5. Spiritual Theology — Jordon Aumann, OP: “The theology in this [one] volume is based on the spiritual doctrine of three doctors of the Church. St. Aquinas, St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila. Moreover, it is fully in accord with the teaching of [Father] John G. Arintero [The Mystical Evolution, vols. 1&2] and [Father] Garrigou-Lagrange (The Three Ages of the Interior Life, vols. 1&2].”


  • Bren

    Besides the Bible and LOTH:

    1. Crossing the Threshold of Hope~Blessed Pope John Paul II
    2. The Disciple and the Master: St Bonaventure’s Sermons on St. Francis of Assisi~Eric Doyle OFM
    3. YouCat
    4. St Francis of Assisi Omnibus of Sources
    5. Fire Within~Thomas Dubay

  • Bren

    Sorry forgot to mention…I’m Bren from California 🙂

  • walker_percy

    Chesterton: Orthodoxy (on iBooks so technically it’s not tattered); Salinger: Catcher in the Rye; Percy: The Moviegoer; Merton: New Seeds of Contemplation; Toole: A Confederacy of Dunces

  • Gabrielle Renoir

    The Bible/Catechism of the Catholic Church
    The Complete Works of St. John of the Cross
    The Complete Works of St. Teresa of Avila
    The Imitation of Christ
    The Cloud of Unknowing

  • Phil Steinacker

    BTW, Dan, I am nearly finished with the spread sheet I put together on all the contributions made here – even though I didn’t stumble onto it until yesterday – two years late.

    Would it be helpful if I send it to you? I don’t know if there’s a way you can post it here, or perhaps you or I can send it out to anyone who posts an email address?

    I asked for clarification from everyone who mentioned The Better Part assuming that if they posted here theymight get an email that womeone replied, but I don’t know if it works that way – I don’t think I’ve ever commented here before, so I have no memory.

    Anyway, once I get that last title squared away I can finish it up.


    • Thanks Phil ­ we did the tally a few years back and provided a follow-up post. “The Better Part” listings all refer to Fr. John’s book. We wouldn’t allow for the promotion of the other book you mentioned on this site as our focus is on magisterium faithful spirituality. Yours in Christ.

  • CatholicKath

    it has been a few years………would you consider asking again?

  • Ingrid

    bible, catechism, Divine Mercy in My Soul, St Maria Faustina Kowalska, My Ideal, Jesus Son of Mary,
    Fr Emil Neubert and Paul Thigpen’s “Manual for Spiritual Warfare”..and the Carmelite titles you mention and as I read comments below, yes to many of them too….Divine Intimacy, Cloud of Unknowing…and so it goes

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