Casting Nets Suggested Reading List

On Evangelization

The Everyday Apostle - Fr. Edward Garesche
You Can Change the World - Fr. James Keller
John Paul II and the New Evangelization - Ralph Martin
Go and Make Disciples - USCCB
Good News, Bad News: Evangelization, Conversion and the Crisis of Truth - Fr. John McCloskey
Evangelii Nuntiandi - Pope Paul VI
Christifideles Laici - Pope John Paul II
Apostolicam Actuositatem - Vatican II

Jesus

Jesus of Nazareth – Pope Benedict XVI
To Know Christ Jesus – Frank Sheed
The Spear – Louis de Wohl

Mary

True Devotion – St. Louis de Montfort
The World's First Love – Fulton Sheen
Introduction to Mary – Mark Miravalle

About Saints

The Restless Flame – Louis de Wohl
A Quiet Light – Louis de Wohl
-anything by Louis de Wohl
Joan of Arc – Mark Twain
Kids sets by Ignatius Press and TAN

By Saints

A Story of a Soul – St. Therese of Lisieux
The Confessions – St. Augustine
Introduction to the Devout Life – St. Francis de Sales
The Sadness of Christ – St. Thomas More
The Will to Love – St. Maximilian Kolbe
The Way, Furrow, and The Forge – St. Josemaria Escriva

Spirituality

Soul of the Apostolate – Dom Jean Chataurd
Fire Within – Fr. Thomas Dubay
Prayer Primer – Fr. Thomas Dubay
Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer – Fr. Thomas Dubay
The Evidential Power of Beauty – Fr. Thomas Dubay
Happy are You Poor – Fr. Thomas Dubay

Apologetics

Beginning Apologetics Series – Jim Burnham
Rome Sweet Home – Scott and Kimberly Hahn
The Handbook of Catholic Apologetics – Peter Kreeft
-The pocket version of the above.
How Not to Share the Faith – Mark Brumly
Surprised by Truth – Patrick Madrid and friends
What's So Great About Christianity – D'Souza

Marriage and Family

Marriage: A Path to Sanctity – Eugenio Fenoy and Javier Abad
Covenanted Happiness – Msgr. Cormac Burke
Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love – Edward Sri
Three to Get Married – Archbishop Fulton Sheen
The Catholic Handbook for Engaged and Newly Married Couples – Fredrick Marks
Christian Fatherhood – Steve Wood
Life Giving Love – Kimberly Hahn
Holiness for Housewives – Humbert van Zeller

Morality

Living the Good Life – Dr. Mark Lowery
Introduction to Moral Theology – William May
Back to Virtue – Peter Kreeft

Youth and Young Adult


Do I Have to Go? – Chris Stefanick
If You Really Loved Me – Jason Evert
Blessed are the Bored in Spirit – Mark Hart
Did Adam & Eve Have Belly Buttons – Matthew Pinto
I Choose God – Chris Cuddy

Other Notable Books

Left to Tell – Immaculee Ilibagiza
Led by Faith – Immaculee Ilibagiza
Father Elijah (all series)– Michael O'Brien
The Incorruptibles – Joan Carroll Cruz

Notable Authors

Peter Kreeft
C.S. Lewis
G.K. Chesterton
J.R.R. Tolkien
Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Frank Sheed
George Weigel

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St. Paul PreachingAs I was reflecting this week, at one point, the following words of St. Paul to Timothy really hit home for me:

“So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord…but bear your share of hardship for the Gospel with the strength that comes from God” (2 Timothy 1:8).

These words of St. Paul took me back about 9 years ago, to my last year of college.  In my last year at Kansas State University in Manhattan KS, I had the opportunity to work in the university’s financial aid office.  It was a good job, I had flexible hours to accommodate my class schedule, and I got to work with other students who were a lot of fun to be around.  But I will never forget one of the conversations that took place in that office one day, among the student workers.

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 Your sitting on a plane when the person next to you notices the Cross you are wearing around your neck and they ask, "So why are you Christian?"  In that moment will we be able to respond in such a way that it would possibly make sense to another human being.  More importantly will our response to them be a moment of grace that invites the questioner into a relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.  Or will we act as if we didn't hear the question and hope the person does not repeat it?

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