Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Desert Island Top Ten Catholic Books List

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I was asked to provide a list of "Top Ten List of Books I Think Catholics Should Read" for a new site called Tiber River: Your Guide to Catholic Books. It is a project of Aquinas and More Catholic Goods: one of the leading Catholic online booksellers. Here's what I came up with.

All of these have been hugely influential in my own life, and I think they are very important books, that would be of spiritual and educational benefit for anyone (though the Cardinal Newman titles are quite "heavy" reading and not to everyone's taste). No particular order . . .

Orthodoxy, G. K. Chesterton

Screwtape Letters
, C. S. Lewis

The Spirit and Forms of Protestantism, Louis Bouyer

Evangelical is Not Enough, Thomas Howard

The Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis

Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman

Christianity for Modern Pagans: Pascal's Pensees, Blaise Pascal and Peter Kreeft

The Spirit of Catholicism, Karl Adam

An Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent, Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman

St. Thomas Aquinas: "The Dumb Ox", G. K. Chesterton