iphone Jan 19, 2014 032Some of my best friends are books. ūüôā

A good book is like a fine companion who pours forth its treasures and lightens your days, strengthens your heart and inspires you to grow!

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. ~James Bryce

I put together this list of books that have especially helped me through the years. I have read much more than this book list includes…many, many books. Looking at my bookshelves you see that they are bursting….and this is only half of them. ūüôāIMG_2866

All good books are special but the following books are extra-special. They stand out among the rest.

I know I have not thought of all of them and I may add to this list as I go along.

Some of the books that are on personal development may be a little controversial for you. I put them on this list, too, because they had a profound effect on me. I took what was in accordance with being a Catholic wife and mother and left the rest.

I like this quote and use it in this regard: “Although, as far as I can tell, some of my heroes have not known the light of Christ in this life, I nevertheless learn from them with great joy, remembering the words of St. Thomas, ‘All truth, by whomever spoken, comes from the Holy Spirit'” (On Truth, q. 1, a. 8).

Spiritual Books:

Mary Was Her Life РSister Maria Teresa Quevedo   Mary Was Her Life: The Story Of A Nun, Sister Maria Teresa Quevedo, 1930-1950

Introduction to a Devout Life РSt. Francis de Sales    An Introduction to the Devout Life (Tan Classics)

Light and Peace РQuadrupani     Light and Peace: Instructions for Devout Souls to Dispel Their Doubts

Achieving Peace of Heart РFr. Narciso Irala, S.J.    Achieving Peace of Heart

My Beloved РThe Story of  a Carmelite Nun    My Beloved: The Story of a Carmelite Nun

Searching For and Maintaining Peace РFr.  Jacques Phillipe   Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart

The Family That Overtook Christ РFather Raymond           The Family that Overtook Christ

An Easy Way to Become a Saint – Fr. Paul O’Sullivan ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† An Easy Way To Become A Saint

All About the Angels – Fr. Paul O’Sullivan¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† All About the Angels

With God in Russia РWalter J. Ciszek, S.J.     With God in Russia

He Leadeth Me (Sequel to With God in Russia) РWalter J. Ciszek. S.J.  He Leadeth Me

Family/Wife Books

Christ in the Home РFr. Raoul Plus, S.J.   Christ in the Home

The Wife Desired  РFr. Leo Kinsella     The Wife Desired

The Man for Her (for the guys) РFr. Leo Kinsella     The Man For Her

Mary Reed Newland books with book review and links here.

The Catholic Marriage Manual  РRev. George A. Kelly   The Catholic Marriage Manual

The Catholic Family Handbook РRev. George A. Kelly    The Catholic Family Handbook

Prayer/Meditation Books:

My Prayer Book РFather Lasance   My Prayer-Book (Happiness in Goodness)

The Precious Blood Manual РSisters of the Precious Blood   The Precious Blood and Mother: a Compilation of Prayers from Approved Sources

The Prisoner of Love РFather Lasance   The Prisoner of Love

St. Julian Eymard Books here    with reviews here:   The Real Presence

Divine Intimacy –¬†Father Gabriel of St Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.. ¬† Divine Intimacy: Meditations on the Interior Life for Every Day of the Liturgical Year


Personal Development Books:

Dare to Dream РFlorence Litauer      Dare to Dream

Personality Plus РFlorence Litauer    Personality Plus: How to Understand Others by Understanding Yourself

Attitudes that Attract Success   Attitudes that Attract Success: You Are Only One Attitude Away from a Great Life

Surrendered Wife  РLaura Doyle    The Surrendered Wife: A Practical Guide To Finding Intimacy, Passion and Peace

More Hours in My Day РEmilie Barnes      More Hours in My Day: Proven Ways to Organize Your Home, Your Family, and Yourself

Simple Secrets to a Beautiful Home РEmilie Barnes    Simple Secrets to a Beautiful Home: Creating a Place You and Your Family Will Love

Open Heart, Open Home РKaren Mains    Open Heart, Open Home: The Hospitable Way to Make Others Feel Welcome & Wanted

Created to be His Helpmeet РDebi Pearl    Created to be His Help Meet: Discover How God Can Make Your Marriage Glorious

Fascinating Womanhood  РHelen Andelin        Fascinating Womanhood

The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands РDr. Laura Schlessinger  The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands

Children’s Books:

The Catholic Girl’s Guide – Father Lasance¬†¬†¬† The Catholic girl’s guide: Counsels and devotions for girls in the ordinary walks of life, and in particular for the Children of Mary

The Young Man’s Guide – Father Lasance ¬† YOUNG MAN’S GUIDE by Father Lasance

Leading the Little Ones to Mary РSister Mary Lelia          Leading the Little Ones to Mary

Mary Fabyan Windeatt books (there are many of them) – The Miraculous Medal: The Story of Our Lady’s Appearances to Saint Catherine Laboure

Beautiful Girlhood РMable Hale     Beautiful Girlhood

Catholic Novels:

Outlaws of Ravenhurst –¬†M. Imelda Wallace ¬†¬† Outlaws of Ravenhurst

Come Rack, Come Rope –¬†Robert Hugh Benson ¬†¬† Come Rack! Come Rope!

Masterful Monk Series РOwen Francis Dudley     The Masterful Monk

Louis de Wohl Books with book review and links here.

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