Book Recommendations

This is a modest list of suggested reading (and foundations for this blog). It will be updated periodically so be sure to check back from time to time. If a review is written on a book, more often than not you’ll find it on this list. So it’s not entirely a “editor’s pick” list or anything like that, more of a loose bibliography.

Study Bibles

  • Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: New Testament (RSV) – Scott Hahn
  • Believer’s Bible Commentary – William MacDonald

Church History

  • The Oxford History of Christian Worship – Geoffrey Wainwright (ed.)
  • Christianity: The First Three Hundred Years – Diarmond McCulloch
  • Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD – Peter Brown
  • The Lion of Munster: The Bishop Who Roared Against the Nazis – Daniel Ultrecht
  • Heroism and Genius: How Catholic Priests Helped Build- and can Rebuild- Western Civilization – William J. Slattery
  • Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence – Karen Armstrong
  • Breaking Faith: the Pope, the People, and the Fate of Catholicism – John Cornwell

Christian/Catholic Theology

  • Christian Theology – Alister E. McGrath
  • The Christian Theology Reader – Alister E. McGrath (ed.)
  • Oxford Concise Dictionary of the Christian Church – E.A. Livingstone
  • Catholic Christianity: A Complete Catechism of Catholic Beliefs based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church – Peter J. Kreeft
  • Wisdom of the Popes: A Collection of Statements of the Popes since Peter on a Variety of Religious and Social Issues – Thomas J. Craughwell (ed.)

Treaties

  • Back to Virtue – Peter J. Kreeft
  • Orthodoxy – G.K. Chesterton
  • Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis
  • For the Life of the World – Alexander Schmemann
  • Seven Story Mountain – Thomas Merton
  • Zen and the Birds of Appetite – Thomas Merton
  • Deeper than Words: Living the Apostles’ Creed – Br. David Steindl-Rast
  • Night of the Confessor: Christian Faith in an Age of Uncertainty – Tomas Halik