Book List for Catholic Men

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!

This is a list of books, many of which have been part of our family’s library for years. The men in my family have added their own singular suggestions. I will continue to add to this list as new (or old) titles come to mind….


Painting by Jeffrey Hein


Some of the books  may be a little controversial for you (the few written by non-Catholics…for relationship purposes, etc.).

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).

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Spiritual Books:

Introduction to a Devout Life – St. Francis de Sales    An Introduction to the Devout Life

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

Achieving Peace of Heart – Fr. Narciso Irala, S.J.    Achieving Peace of Heart

All About the Angels – Fr. Paul O’Sullivan

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

The Family That Overtook Christ – Father 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

Conversation with Christ. – Rev. Father Peter Thomas Rohrbach, O.C.D.

Treasure and Tradition: The Ultimate Guide to the Latin Mass – Lisa Bergman

The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One deed at a Time – Fr. Lawrence Lovasik

End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life – Fr. Charles Arminjon, 1881

Jesus Our Eucharistic Love by Fr. Stefano Manelli

Happy Are You Poor by Fr. Thomas Dubay

With God in Russia by Fr. Walter Ciszek          Sequel: He Leadeth Me by Fr. Walter Ciszek

Family/Husband Books

True Men as We Need Them: A Book of Instruction for Men of the World, Fr. Bernard O’Reilly, 1894

Some Notes for the Guidance of Parents – Fr. Daniel A. Lord

Father of the Family: A Christian Perspective – Clayton Barbeau

Christ in the Home – Fr. Raoul Plus, S.J.   Christ in the Home

The Man for Her – Fr. Leo Kinsella     The Man For Her

The Catholic Family Handbook by Fr. Lawrence G. Lovasik

The Catholic Marriage Manual  – Rev. George A. Kelly   The Catholic Marriage Manual

The Catholic Family Handbook – Rev. George A. Kelly    The Catholic Family Handbook

Love and Respect – Emmerson Eggerichs Love and Respect

Courtship After Marriage: Romance Can Last a Lifetime by Zig Ziglar

Fatherhood and Family, A compilation from Integrity Magazine, 1950’s

Catholic Apologetics:

The Crucified Rabbi – Dr. Taylor Marshall

The Catholic Perspective on Paul – Dr. Taylor Marshall

The Eternal City – Dr. Taylor Marshall

Prayer/Meditation Books:

My Prayer Book – Father Lasance   My Prayer-Book (Happiness in Goodness)

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

The Prisoner of Love – Father Lasance   The Prisoner of Love

St. Julian Eymard Books here    with reviews here:   The Real Presence 9 Volume Set here.

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

The Mass in Slow Motion – Rev. Ronald Knox

The Raccolta – These eight hundred prayers touch practically every spiritual and physical need, and every personal and societal hope.

A Catholic Missal for All Ages – Lawrence and Mary Ann Scheeler


Personal Development Books:

Dare to Dream – Florence Litauer      Dare to Dream

Personality Plus – Florence 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

The Temperament God Gave You: The Classic Key to Knowing Yourself, Getting Along With Others, And Growing Close to the Lord by Art and Laraine Bennett

The Four Temperaments by Fr. Conrad Hock, 1934

Catholic Novels/History and Miscellaneous:

The Great Lion of God; A Novel of St. Paul (some adult content) by Taylor Caldwell

A Shepherd in Combat Boots: Chaplain Emil Kapaun of the 1st Cavalry Division

The Porter of St. Bonaventure’s by James Patrick Derham

An American Knight: The Life of Colonel John W. Ripley, USMC

The Life of Father De Smet, S.J.: The Apostle of the Rocky Mountains

The Sword and Serpent by Taylor Marshall

The Tenth Region of the Night: Sword and Serpent Book II

The Storm of Fire and Blood: Sword and Serpent Book III

Outlaws of Ravenhurst – M. Imelda Wallace    Outlaws of Ravenhurst

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

Masterful Monk Series – Owen Francis Dudley     The Masterful Monk

Excellent historical novels by Louis de Wohl (some adult content)

Three Religious Rebels – Fr. M. Raymond

The Man Who Got Even With God – Fr. M. Raymond

Children/Young Adult’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

Mary Reed Newland books with book review and links here.

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

Leading the Little Ones to Mary – Sister 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

Large Rosary Flip Book

Cheerful Chats for Catholic Children – Leane VanderPutten

Catholic Mother Goose – Leane VanderPutten

Catholic Hearth Stories – Leane VanderPutten

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