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Tattered Titles – And the winners are…

December 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Reader Feedback, Resources, Spiritual Reading

A while back we asked you, “What are the most tattered titles on your nightstand?” You answered with vigor and the responses were so numerous that we thought it might be helpful to summarize what our readers recommended. One of our amazing volunteers compiled every response and then put them into a spreadsheet. I was fascinated, surprised, and delighted to see how the top ten list emerged. The top three were 1) the Bible, 2) the Liturgy of the Hours, and 3) the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Here's the top five after the top three:

  1. The Imitation of Christ – Thomas à Kempis
  2. The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila – St. Teresa of Avila
  3. Abandonment to Divine Providence – Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade
  4. The Better Part – Fr. John Bartunek
  5. Divine Intimacy – Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen

So, there you have it. The next list reflects those books that had more than one mention. From the standpoint of the sheer number of votes to any one author (across multiple titles), St. Teresa of Avila gets the top prize.

  • Story of a Soul – St. Thérèse of Lisieux
  • Introduction to the Devout Life – St. Francis de Sales
  • Diary of St. Faustina – St. Faustina
  • Complete works of St. John of the Cross – St. John of the Cross
  • Consoling the Heart of Jesus – Michael Gaitley
  • Interior Castle – St. Teresa of Avila
  • Return of the Prodigal Son – Henri Nouwen
  • My Daily Bread (devotional)
  • I Believe in Love – Jean C.J. d'Elbee
  • Fire Within – Fr. Thomas Dubay
  • The Fulfillment of All Desire – Ralph Martin
  • True Devotion/Total Consecration to Mary – St. Louis Grignion de Monfort
  • Life of Christ – Fulton J. Sheen
  • Jesus of Nazareth Book 1 – Pope Benedict
  • Daily Roman Missal
  • Revelation of Divine Love – Julian of Norwich
  • The Secret of the Rosary – St. Louis Grignion de Monfort
  • Drinking from a Dry Well – Thomas Green
  • When the Well Runs Dry – Thomas Green
  • Man's Search for Meaning – Frankl
  • The Way of Perfection – St. Teresa of Avila
  • The Great Divorce – C.S. Lewis
  • Life of the Beloved – Henri Nouwen
  • He and I – Gabrielle Bossis
  • In Conversation with God – Francis Fernández Carvajal
  • Theology of the Body – John Paul II

The remainder of the recommendations all had one vote each. If you would like to see all the other book recommendations you can check out the combox of the original post and a few other posts we have done to provide recommendations for you.

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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. 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, 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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