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What are the Most Tattered Titles on Your Nightstand?

October 27, 2011 by  
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What are the Most Tattered Titles on Your Nightstand?

What are the most tattered titles on your nightstand?

tattered titlesIf 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 and your 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.


Art for this post on tattered titles and the books God has most used to turn your heart towards Him: Old book bindings at the Merton College Library, Oxford, England, Tom Murphy VII, 25 August 2005, CCA-SA 3.0 Unported, as found on Wikimedia Commons.


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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of SpiritualDirection.com, 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, the High Calling Seminary Preparation Program, 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. In 2018, he launched the annual Avila Summit held at Hanceville, Alabama. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband, father of four, and grandfather of one, the President and Chief Operating Officer of EWTN News, Inc., a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer, speaker and pilgrimage director 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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