Best Self Help for Catholics Books
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1. The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos
Author: by Sohrab Ahmari
We’ve pursued and achieved the modern dream of defining ourselvesbut at what cost? The New York Post op-ed editor makes a compelling case for seeking the inherited traditions and ideals that give our lives meaning. Ahmari’s tour de force makes tradition astonishingly vivid and relevant for the here and now.
Rod Dreher, bestselling author of Live Not by Lies and The Benedict OptionAs a young father and a self-proclaimed radically assimilated immigrant, opinion editor Sohrab Ahmari realized that when it comes to shaping his young son’s moral fiber, today’s America comes up short.
For millennia, the world’s great ethical and religious traditions taught that true happiness lies in pursuing virtue and accepting limits. But now, unbound from these stubborn traditions, we are free to choose whichever way of life we think is most optimalor, more often than not, merely the easiest.
All that remains are the fickle desires that a wealthy, technologically advanced society is equipped to fulfill. The result is a society riven by deep conflict and individual lives that, for all their apparent freedom, are marked by alienation and stark unhappiness.
2. Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
Author: by Gregory Boyle
For twenty years, Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world. In Tattoos on the Heart, he distills his experience working in the ghetto into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith.
Arranged by theme and filled with sparkling humor and glowing generosity, these essays offer a stirring look at how full our lives could be if we could find the joy in loving others and in being loved unconditionally. From giant, tattooed Cesar, shopping at JCPenney fresh out of prison, we learn how to feel worthy of God’s love.
From ten-year-old Lula we learn the importance of being known and acknowledged. From Pedro we understand the kind of patience necessary to rescue someone from the darkness. In each chapter we benefit from Boyle’s gentle, hard-earned wisdom. These essays about universal kinship and redemption are moving examples of the power of unconditional love and the importance of fighting despair.
3. Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality
Author: by Anthony De Mello
Happiness is not an achievement; love is not an achievement; holiness is not an achievement. They are each a gracegrace called awareness, a grace called looking, observing, and understanding. If you would only switch on the light of awareness and observe yourself and everything around you throughout the day; if you would see yourself reflected in the mirror of awareness the way you see your face reflected in a looking glassaccurately, clearly, exactly as it is without the slightest distortion or addition; and if you observed this reflection without any judgment or condemnationfor what you judge you cannot understandyou would experience all sorts of marvelous changes in yourself.
You would not be in control of those changes, be able to plan them in advance, or decide how and when they are to take place. It is this nonjudgmental awareness alone that heals and changes and makes one grow.
But it can only be done in its own way and at its own time.
4. The Warning: Testimonies and Prophecies of the Illumination of Conscience
Author: by Christine Watkins
Queen of Peace Media
This highly acclaimed and captivating book offers the world the most thorough understanding to date of the Warning, or the Illumination of Consciencea critical moment in human history when every person alive will see their soul in the light of divine truthincluding fascinating stories of those who have already experienced it for themselves.
Christine Watkins has done a tremendous workinvaluable and timely says Mark Mallet. Bishop Gavin Ashenden, Chaplain to the Queen of England (2008-2017) comments in his foreword to the book, I devoured it, unable to put it down. InspirationalI highly recommend it, says Fr.John Struzzo.Monsignor Ralph J.
Chieffo urges, Read this prophetic book and believe, and Fr. Bernardin Mugabo makes the heartfelt appeal, I wish everyone would read this! Bishop Ashenden, begins his foreword with, Every so often a book falls into one’s hands that is particularly powerful in unveiling the mystery and power of God’s purpose for his Church today, and this is one such.
5. Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone
Author: by James Martin
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA smart, wise, often side-splittingly funny master class in seeking God. Any spiritual seekerfrom atheist to professional religiouswill cherish this bravura tome from one of our great spiritual guides, in the lineage of C.S. Lewis, Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, Gandhi, and Mother Teresa.Hallelujah & amen!
Mary Karr, author of Lit and The Liar’s ClubOne of America’s most beloved spiritual leaders and the New York Times bestselling author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything and Jesus: A Pilgrimage teaches anyone to converse with God in this comprehensive guide to prayer.
In The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, Father James Martin included a chapter on communicating with God. Now, he expands those thoughts in this profound and practical handbook. Learning to Pray explains what prayer is, what to expect from praying, how to do it, and how it can transform us when we make it a regular practice in our lives.
A trusted guide walking beside us as we navigate our unique spiritual paths, Martin lays out the different styles and traditions of prayer throughout Christian history and invites us to experiment and discover which works best to feed our soul and build intimacy with our Creator.
6. You're Not Enough (And That's Okay): Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love
Author: by Allie Beth Stuckey
Sentinel (August 11, 2020)
From one of the sharpest Christian voices of her generation and host of the podcast Relatable comes a framework for escaping our culture of trendy narcissismand embracing God instead. We’re told that the key to happiness is self-love. Instagram influencers, mommy bloggers, self-help gurus, and even Christian teachers promise that if we learn to love ourselves, we’ll be successful, secure, and complete.
But the promise doesn’t deliver. Instead of feeling fulfilled, our pursuit of self-love traps us in an exhausting cycle: as we strive for self-acceptance, we become addicted to self-improvement. The truth is we can’t find satisfaction inside ourselves because we are the problem.
We struggle with feelings of inadequacy because we are inadequate. Alone, we are not good enough, smart enough, or beautiful enough. We’re not enough-period. And that’s okay, because God is. The answer to our insufficiency and insecurity isn’t self-love, but God’s love.
In Jesus, we’re offered a way out of our toxic culture of self-love and into a joyful life of relying on him for wisdom, satisfaction, and purpose. We don’t have to wonder what it’s all about anymore.This is it.
7. The C. S. Lewis Signature Classics: An Anthology of 8 C. S. Lewis Titles: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, Miracles, The Great Divorce, The … The Abolition of Man, and The Four Loves
Author: by C. S. Lewis
Available for the first time in one deluxe paperback edition, all eight volumes of the C.S. Lewis Signature Classics. Brought together in one volume, here are the signature spiritual works of one of the most celebrated literary figures of our time.
This magnificent compendium includes:Mere ChristianityThe Screwtape LettersThe Great DivorceThe Problem of PainMiraclesA Grief ObservedAbolition of ManThe Four Loves
8. Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
Author: by Immaculee Ilibagiza
Hay House Inc.
Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee’s family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.
Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them. It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death and forging a profound and lasting relationship with God.
She emerged from her bathroom hideout having discovered the meaning of truly unconditional lovea love so strong she was able seek out and forgive her family’s killers. The triumphant story of this remarkable young woman’s journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.
9. The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms
Author: by Timothy Keller
Renowned pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller writes the book his readers have been asking for: A year-long daily devotional, beautifully designed with gilt edges and a gold ribbon marker. The Book of Psalms is known as the Bible’s songbookJesus knew all 150 psalms intimately, and relied on them to face every situation, including his death.
Two decades ago, Tim Keller began reading the entire Book of Psalms every month. The Songs of Jesus is based on his accumulated years of study, insight, and inspiration recorded in his prayer journals. Kathy Keller came to reading the psalms as a support during an extended illness.
Together they have distilled the meaning of each verse, inviting readers into the vast wisdom of the psalms. If you have no devotional life yet, this book is a wonderful way to start. If you already spend time in study and prayer, understanding every verse of the psalms will bring you a new level of intimacy with God, unlocking your purpose within God’s kingdom.
10. Rescued: The Unexpected and Extraordinary News of the Gospel
Author: by Fr John Riccardo
How can we believe and be transformed by the gospel? Once we understand that the gospel is not merely good news but explosive, life-changing news, we will never be the same again. And in response to God’s work in our lives, what part can we play in recreating the world for his good plan?
In this powerful book, Fr. John Riccardo helps us to see the world through God’s lens, with a clear vision of the future.
11. Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: Finding Intimacy With God in the Busyness of Life
Author: by Joanna Weaver
With nearly a million copies sold, Joanna Weaver’s popular book shows women how to blend intimacy with Jesus and service for Him. An invitation for every woman who feels she isn’t godly enough… Isn’t loving enough…Isn’t doing enough. The life of a woman today isn’t really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in the New Testament.
Like Mary, you long to sit at the Lord’s feet… But the daily demands of a busy world just won’t leave you alone. Like Martha, you love Jesus and really want to serve him… Yet you struggle with weariness, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy.
Then comes Jesus, right into the midst of your busy Mary/Martha life-and he extends the same invitation he issued long ago to the two sisters of Bethany. Tenderly he invites you to choose “the better part”-a joyful life of “living-room” intimacy with him that flows naturally into “kitchen service” for him.
How can you make that choice? With her fresh approach to the familiar Bible story and its creative, practical strategies, Joanna shows how all of us -Marys and Marthas alike- can draw closer to our Lord, deepening our devotion, strengthening our service, and doing both with less stress and greater joy.
12. Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
Author: by Timothy Keller
Renowned pastor and New York Times bestselling author of The Prodigal Prophet Timothy Keller explores the power of prayer. Christians are taught in their churches and schools that prayer is the most powerful way to experience God. But few receive instruction or guidance in how to make prayer genuinely meaningful.
In Prayer, renowned pastor Timothy Keller delves into the many facets of this everyday act. With his trademark insights and energy, Keller offers biblical guidance as well as specific prayers for certain situations, such as dealing with grief, loss, love, and forgiveness.
He discusses ways to make prayers more personal and powerful, and how to establish a practice of prayer that works for each reader. Dr. Keller’s previous books have sold more than one million copies. His Redeemer Presbyterian Church is not only a major presence in his home base of New York, it has also helped to launch more than two hundred fifty other churches in forty-eight cities around the world.
13. God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships
Author: by Matthew Vines
The landmark book exploring what the Bible actually saysand doesn’t sayabout same-sex relationships. As a young Christian man, Matthew Vines harbored the same basic hopes of most young people: to some-day share his life with someone, to build a family of his own, to give and receive love.
But when he realized he was gay, those hopes were called into question. The Bible, he’d been taught, condemned gay relationships. Feeling the tension between his understanding of the Bible and the reality of his same-sex orientation, Vines devoted years of intensive research into what the Bible says about homosexuality.
With care and precision, Vines asked questions such as: Do biblical teachings on the marriage covenant preclude same-sex marriage or not? How should we apply the teachings of Jesus to the gay debate? Can celibacy be a calling when it is mandated, not chosen?
What did Paul have in mind when he warned against same-sex relations? Unique in its affirmation of both an orthodox faith and sexual diversity, God and the Gay Christian has sparked heated debate, sincere soul searching, and widespread cultural change on the issue of what it means to be a faithful gay Christian.
14. Pray, Decide, and Don't Worry: Five Steps to Discerning God's Will
Author: by Jackie Angel
Find peace and clarity when making decisions. Pray, Decide, and Don’t Worry: Five Steps to Discerning God s Will equips Catholics with a clear five-step discernment process for navigating what St. Ignatius of Loyola calls “the movements of the soul”, the deeper realities that clue Catholics in to what God is doing deep within their hearts and where He is leading them.
Drawing from the rich tradition of the Church and powerful insights from the saints and the Bible, this invaluable resource teaches Catholics how to recognize God’s voice, how to discern spirits, how to know which vocation God is calling them to, and that it’s possible to be in the waiting yet fully joyfully alive at the same time.
After reading this book and following this five-step discernment process, Catholics can be at peace with their decision knowing that they have truly discerned God’s will. Pray, Decide, and Don’t Worry Includes… Questions Catholics should ask themselves when discerning God s will.
15. Good Grief: A Companion for Every Loss
Author: by Granger E. Westberg
With more than three million copies in print, discover timeless wisdom for all who grieve the loss of a job, a friendship, a move, or a loved one. For more than fifty years Good Grief has helped millions of readers, including NFL players and a former first lady, find comfort, understand their emotions and regain hope after loss.
This classic text identifies ten stages of grief – shock, emotion, depression, physical distress, panic, guilt, anger, resistance, hope, and acceptance – but recognizing that grief is complex and deeply personal, defines no “right” way to grieve. Good Grief offers valuable insights on the emotional and physical responses persons may experience during the natural process of grieving something as small as a change in plans to something as traumatic and final as death.
Reflection questions sprinkled throughout the book help readers explore their own experience with each stage of the grieving process. Good Grief includes a foreword by Dr. Timothy Johnson, a leading communicator of medical health care information. An afterword by the author’s daughters tells how the book came to be.