Continuing from the “theme” of my last blog entry…I would like to place here some recommendations of books for personal growth and development. I would like to call this list “Must Reads for Everyday Disciples.”  

I am in no way a bookworm and cannot claim to have read all the books listed below. The books come from some that I have personally read, books recommended to me by professors and mentors, and books recommended to me by my brother priests. There is no specific length of time needed to read these books. Take your time and “stroll” with your book of choice. Take your time reading and pondering, sharing and questioning, praying and meditating with your book as you would with any scripture passage.


This list is but a small selection of scripture passages that have helped me reflect, fall in love with Jesus, transform my life, and grow as a disciple of Jesus. There’s much more! What’s your book of choice? Which has helped you grow in your relationship with Jesus? Blessed reading!

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Note: The (*) are of particular helpfulness and interest for me as a disciple.


The Catechism of the Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI Jesus of Nazareth

Pope Benedict XVI Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week

Pope Francis A Big Heart Open to God

Pope Francis The Name of God is Mercy

Barron, Most Rev. Robert Catholicism

Boyle, Gregory Tattoos on the Heart

Cantalamessa, Raniero The Fire of Christ’s Love: Meditations on the Cross

Cantalamessa, Raniero Remember Jesus Christ: Responding to the Challenges of Faith in

Our Time

de Caussade, Jean-Pierre Abandonment to Divine Providence

Guardini, Romano The Lord

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

Hahn, Scott Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain, and Defend the Catholic Faith

*Hart, Mark The “R” Father.

*Hart, Mark Truth Be Told: Basics in Catholic Apologetics

Kelly Matthew The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic (2nd Edition)

Kelly, Matthew Rediscover Jesus

Kreeft, Peter Catholic Christianity

Kreeft, Peter Jesus Shock

Lewis, C.S. Mere Christianity

*Lewis, C.S. The Screwtape Letters

Mallon, James  Divine Renovation: Bringing Your Parish from Maintenance to Mission

Merton, Thomas The Seven Storey Mountain

*Martin,SJ, James Jesus: A Pilgrimage

*Martin,SJ, James My Life with the Saints

*Nouwen, Henri The Return of the Prodigal Son

Pagola, Jose Believe: Tell Me Why?

Paprocki, Joe Under the Influence of Jesus

Petre, Brant The Case for Jesus

Petre, Brant The Jewish Roots of the Eucharist

Radcliffe, Timothy Take the Plunge: Living Baptism and Confirmation

Rohlheiser, Ronald Holy Longing

Schreck, Alan Catholic and Christian

Sri, Edward Love Unveiled

*Sri, Edward Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross

Vaghi, Peter The Faith We Profess: A Catholic Guide to the Apostles’ Creed

Vaghi, Peter The Sacraments We Celebrate: A Catholic Guide to the Seven Mysteries of the


Vaghi, Peter The Commandments We Keep: A Catholic Guide to Living a Moral Life

Vaghi, Peter The Prayer We Offer: A Catholic Guide to Communion with God

*Vogt, Brandon Return: How to Draw Your Child Back to Church

Weddell, Sherry Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus

White, Michael and Corcoran, Tom Rebuilt: The Story of a Catholic Parish

Wright, N.T. Simply Christian

Wright, N.T. Simply Jesus

Wright, N.T. Surprised by Hope

Wuerl, Most Rev. Donald Faith that Transforms Us

Wuerl, Most Rev. Donald and Aquilina, Mike The Mass

Wuerl, Most Rev. Donald and Aquilina, Mike The Church

Wuerl, Most Rev. Donald and Aquilina, Mike The Feasts

*Yancey, Philip A Skeptics Guide to Faith

*Yancey, Philip The Jesus I Never Knew

*Yancey, Philip What’s So Amazing About Grace?

*Yancey, Philip Where is God When It Hurts?

Saint Augustine Trans: Henry Chadwick. The Confessions. 

*Saint Augustine Trans: Rex Warner. The Confessions of St. Augustine. 

Saint Francis de Sales Introduction to the Devout Life

*Saint John of the Cross Dark Night of the Soul

Saint Teresa of Avila Interior Castle

Saint Therese of Lisieux Story of a Soul