Listed here are books I have read and which I recommend to any Catholic interested in learning more about his or her faith. If they are listed here, consider them “essential reads” in my opinion.
Guidebooks and Inspiration
What’s so Great about Christianity? by Dinesh D’Souza – While I’m not necessarily a fan of D’Souza’s “beat atheism on its own terms” approach, this is certainly a useful pocketknife for any Christian who wants to defend his or her faith.
The Pope and the CEO: John Paul II’s Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard by Andreas Widmer – A readable, down-to-earth guidebook by a Swiss Guard-turned-CEO on how to be a more human leader.
From Animal House to the Academy by Jeffrey Langan – Great book for the young Catholic gentleman looking to do college right.
Histories and Biographies
Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church by H.W. Crocker III – A fast-paced and swashbuckling account of the the history of the Catholic Church. Expect politically incorrect, unabashed honesty that will correct some of your greatest misconceptions about the Church.
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh – An extremely feeling English novel that combats the tides of modernism. Demonstrates that Christ lives not only in the hearts of the poor but in the hearts of the aristocracy as well.
The Samurai by Shusaku Endo – An epic of faith that shows the universality of the Catholic Church and of Christ.
Silence by Shusaku Endo – A horrifying – yet essential – novel for any Catholic to read. Discusses the challenge of faith.
Defending a Higher Law by the TFP Committee on American Issues – An extremely well-researched and objective account on homosexuality and the gay marriage phenomena hitting the U.S.