My Book List

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 those mentioned on this book list…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 they 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).

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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

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

All About the Angels – Fr. Paul O’Sullivan

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

My Other Self – Clarence J. Enzler

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

The Friendship of Christ by Robert Hugh Benson

Family/Wife Books

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

The Valiant Woman РMonseigneur Landriot  The Valiant Woman, Conferences for Women

Sins of the Tongue  РMonseigneur Landriot    Sins of the Tongue

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 Family Handbook by Fr. Lawrence G. Lovasik

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

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

By Love Refined РAlice von Hildebrand  By Love Refined

The Privilege of Being a Woman – Alice von Hildebrand

Finer Femininity True Womanhood Maglet  РLeane VanderPutten

Finer Femininity Advent/Christmas Maglet – Leane VanderPutten

Finer Femininity Sunshiny Disposition Maglet – Leane VanderPutten

All 3 Finer Femininity Maglets – Leane VanderPutten

The Catholic Mother’s Traditional Advent Journal – Leane VanderPutten

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 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

Holy Souls Prayer Book – Fr. Lasance

Advent/Christmas Books:

The Catholic Mother’s Traditional Advent Journal – Leane VanderPutten

Celine’s Advent – Leane VanderPutten

Finer Femininity Advent/Christmas Catholic Maglet (Magazine/Booklet) – Leane VanderPutten

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

Fascinating Womanhood  РHelen Andelin        Fascinating Womanhood

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

Love and Respect – Emmerson Eggerichs Love and Respect

Courtship and Marriage and the Gentle Art of Homemaking  by Annie S. Swan, 1894

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

Large Rosary Flip Book

Cheerful Chats for Catholic Children – Leane VanderPutten

Catholic Mother Goose – Leane VanderPutten

Catholic Hearth Stories – Leane VanderPutten

Catholic Novels/History and Miscellaneous:

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.

Three Religious Rebels – Fr. M. Raymond

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

The Saga of Citeaux (Burnt Out Incense) – Fr. M. Raymond










23 thoughts on “My Book List”

  1. A great book is “Meditations for everyday of the year” by Bishop Richard Challoner. The are thousands of good Catholics books from the 1800’s on PDF in Google books and Internet Archives. Many of of those books are available in reprints on

  2. I love books and love to read. I’m looking forward to going through this list. Books are my friends too. ūüôā

    I recently read Outlaws of Ravenhurst… it is marvelous! It is quite an adventure and I love the deep Catholic faith and devotion of the characters (at least some of them).

  3. elizabethlejeune said:

    Thank you for this excellent list. Might I recommend The Secret of Firefern, an excellent and thrilling catholic novel which has recently been translated from French? Here is the link in case some might be interested. An unputdownable for 12 and up.

  4. Just a small thank you for compiling such a comprehensive book list. These are truly gems of literary works.

    It is wonderful to know there are other women in the world striving for those ideals which have sanctified society for centuries.
    God bless you and your family, with prayers from Wales, UK.

  5. Do you have any book suggestions for how one should approach raising boys to be well-rounded, capable men? Thanks for all you do here!

    • Chantelle said:

      The Young Man’s guide by Father Lasance that is mentioned here is a great resource for raising up boys. My son is 11 and we are working slowly through it now. It’s more for boys in the teens but it’s full of information and may be useful to read on your own before going through it with your sons.

  6. I am currently reading A Heart for Europe about the last Emperor of Austria-Hungary. He and his wife, Zita, were devout Catholics, and his faith deeply inspired his reign. It is a great story! Not terribly long, either, and it gives an excellent view of the time leading up to the outbreak of the First World War.
    Worth a read!

  7. Diane Stanislowski said:

    I finished the book called “Story of a Soul” a few weeks ago. It’s the autobiography of Saint Therese, the Little Flower. What an incredible book!

  8. You ought to check out it’s called Catholic household blessings and prayers ūüėÄ

  9. What is the reading age recommended for ‘Beautiful Girlhood’?

    • Hi Lisa, it is a beautiful book recommended for as young as you think they might understand it. No graphic stuff involved. Maybe 10 to 12 years old? It‚Äôs been a while since I‚Äôve read the whole thing. The author is Protestant but most of the material, from what I remember, is just generic good stuff.

  10. I am looking for books authored by Father Daniel Considine, SJ – My name is Maria Atwood and I live in Colorado Springs CO – 719-573-2053

  11. Thanks for the list compilation …

    Where can I get most of them ?

    I Nigeria

  12. Hello.

    About 20 years ago, I purchased a book from TAN publishing about Martin Luther. I believe it had a black cover with the commonly seen painted picture of Luther on the cover. I cannot remember the author’s name.

    Time passed and I donated it to charity.

    Recently, a family member who has been in conversation with a Protestant friend, asked me if I still had the book. I told her that I did not but would look it up and buy it again, used.

    Much to my surprise, the book is nowhere to be found. Not only on different Catholic booksellers and publishers, but also not even available on Ebay. In fact, I can’t even find it on a common search on the internet.

    Have you ever heard about, seen or read this book? It’s strange that it’s just disappeared.

    Thank you,

  13. Wow. I just used a different search engine and found the book, and it was hiding in plain sight! It’s actually for sale with one of the booksellers! Thank you anyway!

  14. What about Francis Finn novels for youth? For me they are a treasure.

  15. Mrs. Mary Vu said:

    Dear Mrs. Leanevdp,
    Thank you for your website and all of it’s resources. I appreciate the book lists, can you suggest where I may purchase The Catholic Encyclopdia Set?

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