Good Books for Catholics

I have tried to avoid listing the obvious books that everyone reads, like Story of a Soul, Introduction to the Devout Life, or Lord of the Rings. I have also avoided listing children’s books, although there are some amazing children’s books for Catholics that any adult should enjoy, such as Tom Playfair, Chronicles of Narnia, or The Weight of a Mass.

The books I have listed are not necessarily Catholic — but they are good reads for Catholics.

In no particular order, here are some good books for adults, both fiction and non-fiction, that are well-worth your time:

1. Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

2. Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body by John Paul II, edited by Michael Waldstein

3. The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor

4. The Hound of Heaven at My Heels: The Lost Diary of Francis Thompson, by Robert G. Waldron

5. The Anesthetic Society, by Donald DeMarco

6. Thy Will be Done: Letters to Persons in the World, by St. Francis de Sales

7. Brave New Family, by G.K. Chesterton

8. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, by Hannah Green

9. The Kreutzer Sonata, by Leo Tolstoy

10. The Intellectual Life, by A.G. Sertillanges

11. Trees and Other Poems, by Joyce Kilmer

12. A Companion to the Summa, Volume Four, by Fr. Walter Farrell (in plain, simple language)

13. The Song at the Scaffold, by Gertrud Von Le Fort

14. Padre Pio: A Man of Hope, by Renzo Allegri

15. Mother Teresa, by Navin Chawla

16. Tales of the Long Bow, by G.K. Chesterton

17. Revelations of Divine Love, by Julian of Norwich

18. Pierre Toussaint: A Biography, by Arthur Jones

I will update this list when I have time. There are hundreds more.



  1. Great list. For sure. I really like “The Way” by St. Josemaria Escriva. That’s the only one I would really add to the list.

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