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Book Suggestions for Advent (& Beyond) Reading

Adult Selections

Be Good and Do Good: Thinking through Moral Theology, Berbard V. Bradly,  Orbis Books

Encountering Jesus in the Scriptures, Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, and Christopher R. Matthews, eds. Paulist Press

Francis of Rome and Francis of Assisi: A New Springtime for the Church, Leonardo Boff, Orbis Books

From a Mother’s Heart: Letters to our College Daughters, Introduction by Elizabeth Groppe, Paulist Press

From Vatican II to Pope Francis, Charting a Catholic Future, Paul Crowley, S.J.,

Orbis Books

Fruitful Embraces: Sexuality, Love, and Justice, Evelyn and James Whitehead, Orbis Books, available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon

Fully Alive: The Daily Path of Christian Meditation, John Main, Orbis Books

How Human Is God? Seven Questions about God and Humanity in the Bible, Mark S. Smith, Liturgical Press, also eBook

Humble Confidence: Spiritual and Pastoral Guidance from Karl Rahner, James J. Bacik, Liturgical Press, also available in eBook

In Quest of the Jewish Mary: The Mother of Jesus in History, Theology and Spirituality, Mary Christine Athans, Orbis

Jesus: A Pilgrimage, James Martin, SJ, HarperCollins, available in bookstores and eBooks

Joan Chittister: Essential Writings, selected by Mary Lou Kownacki and Mary H. Snyder, Orbis Books

Julian’s Gospel: Illuminating the Life & Revelations of Julian of Norwich, Veronica Mary Rolf, Orbis Books

Letters to an Atheist: Wrestling with Faith, Peter Kreeft, Rowman & Littlefield also available in eBook

New York Catholics: Faith, Attitude & the Works! Patrick McNamara, Orbis Books

Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God, Sybil MacBeth, available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble or go to for other editions including Spanish. See Children’s Selections for the children’s book

Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks, Walter Brueggemann, Wm. B. Eerdmans

Sacraments and Justice, Doris Donnelly, ed. Liturgical Press, also available in eBook

Signs: Seven Works of Hope, Jean Vanier, Paulist Press

Strangers and Pilgrims once more: Being Disciples of Jesus in a Post-Christendom World, Addison Hodges Hart, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A new look at the Spiritual Inspiration of His Like, Thought, and Writing, Daniel Horan, O.F.M., Ave Maria Press, available in bookstores and eBooks.

The Gospel of the Family, Cardinal Walter Kasper, Paulist Press

The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth, Scott Hahn, Image, available in hardcover online

The Theology of Cardinal Walter Kasper: Speaking Truth in Love, Kristin M. Colberg and Robert A. Krieg, eds., Liturgical Press, available in paperback & eBook

Thomas Berry: Selected Writings on the Earth Community, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, eds., Orbis Books

Thomas Merton: Selected Essays, Patrick O’Connell, Orbis Books

Toughest People to Love: How to Understand, Lead, and Love the Difficult People in Your Life – Including Yourself¸ Chuck DeGroat, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Walking God’s Earth: The Environment and Catholic Faith, David Cloutier, Liturgical Press, available in paperback & eBook

What are We Waiting For? Richard Leonard, Paulist Press


Children’s Selections

25 Questions about the Founders of the World’s Major Religions, Les Miller, Middle School Age, Twenty-Third Publications.

A Child’s Book of Emotions, Esteve Pujol I Pons and Rafel Bisquerra Alzina, Paulist Press

Ambrose and the Cathedral Dream, Margo Sorenson, Liturgical Press

Ambrose and the Princess, Margo Sorenson, Liturgical Press

Anna’s Heaven, Stian Hole, Wm. B. Eerdmans, ages 6-10

C. S. Lewis: Christian Storyteller, Elaine Murray Stone, Paulist Press, ages 9+

Dear God, I Don’t Get It, Patti Maguire Armstrong, Liguori, Middle School age, available as eBook

Elizabeth Ann Seton: Saint for a New Nation, Julie Walters, ages 11+, available as eBook

I Meet Jesus: He Tells Me “I Love You,” Jean Vanier, Paulist Press, available in eBook

Jesus, Anselm Grün and Giuliano Ferri, Wm. B. Eerdmans, ages 4-8

Just for Today, St. John the 23rd, Wm. B. Eerdmans, all ages

Manger, Lee Bennett Hopkins and Helen Cann, a book of poems about Christman, Wm. B. Eerdmans, ages 4-8

Praying in Color: Kid’s Edition Sybil MacBeth, available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble or go to for other editions including Spanish.

The Color of Me, Linda L. McDunn, Liturgical Press

The Legend of St. Nicholas, Anselm Grün and Giuliano Ferri, Wm. B. Eerdmans, ages 4-8

You Want Me to Be Good All Day?: and Other Prayers for Children, Fr. Joe Kempf with Big Al, Liguori

Young Adult Selections

Faith Bound: Prayers By and 4 College Students, Liguori, available as eBook

From a Mothers Heart: Letters to Our College Daughters, introduced by Elizabeth Groppe, Paulist Press, available as eBook

Losing Your Religion, Finding Your Faith: Spirituality for Young Adults, Brett C. Hoover CSP, available as eBook

Stories of Karol: The Unknown Life of John Paul II, Gian Franco Svidercoschi, Liguori, available as eBook Vainglory: the Forgotten Vice, Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, Anselm Grün and Giuliano Ferri, Wm. B. Eerdmans

The Catholic Spirit: An anthology for discovering Faith through Literature, Art, Film and Music, Michel Betigole, O.S.F. and James D. Childs, Ave Maria Press

The God Conflict: Faith in the Face of New Atheism, Peter Feldmeier, Liguori,

Young and Catholic in America, Kevin Meme Paulist Press, available as eBook

Your College Faith: Own It! Matt and Colleen Swaim, Liguori, available as eBook


Ave Maria Press


Ligouri Publications

Liturgical Press 

Orbis Books      

Paulist Press      

Rowman & Littlefield  

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.


Or take a trip to St. Patrick’s Guild in St. Paul to peruse their book store for a good variety of offerings:

St. Patrick’s Guild, 1554 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, MN


Links to Apps, Blogs and Websites To Investigate

Pope Francis’ daily homilies

A list of Catholic blogs by topics  

A list of Catholic blogs by title

Centering prayer

Daily Mass Readings and Meditation


Pray Tell: Worship, Wit and Wisdom Has links to archived posts and authors, other Catholic organizations and publishers and a wealth of information about the Catholic Church all over the world.