Friday, February 01, 2008

Books for Lent

So here's my list. These aren't only "Lenten books" but rather books that Curt and I think help us want to be holy... and that's what Lent is all about!

So here they are, in no particular order:

Called to Holiness by Ralph Martin
Prayer and Temperament: Different Prayer Forms for Different Personality Types by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisy
The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
No Man is an Island by Thomas Merton
Love is Stronger than Death by Peter Kreeft
The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer by John Bartunek
Characters of the Passion by Fulton Sheen
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Heaven by Peter Kreeft
Journey Toward Easter by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI
Collected Words of St. John of the Cross
If Your Mind Wanders at Mass by Thomas Howard
In Conversation with God Vol. 2 - Lent and Eastertide by Francis Fernandez

If you have any suggestions of your own, please include them in comments!!

4 comments:

veronica said...

Have you read all of these?
If so, what would you recommend for a mom on the go, trying to create a home where prayer is first?
Thanks for the suggestions!!!

lauren said...

I've read most of them... some were Curt's recommendations. I haven't read St. John of the Cross or the Ratzinger book. I would recommend Prayer and Temperament: Different Prayer Forms for Different Personality Types by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisy because it helps you match your personality with the type of prayer that is best for you... what a concept! How many of us try to pray a certain way because our friend or spouse does, only to come away frustrated and feeling "un-holy" when, really, it's just not the right match for our personality/temperament.

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
and Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Heaven by Peter Kreeft
are both very thought provoking/inspiring. You might like those also.

Julia said...

Thanks for posting this, Lauren! I have such a stack to read now!!! :) I wish we could incorporate this in to Mom's group somehow, or set up a coffee house morning meeting to discuss some of these...

veronica said...

Okay, I am ordering the Chester Michael/Marie Norrisy that one stuck out to me the most, the first time I read through your list. Thanks!!