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I love to read. And like all heavy readers, I’m always hunting for good books. I constantly ask friends, what are you reading? What books do you recommend? What books changed your life?

The Saints' Favorite BooksBut one day I had a revelation: why not ask the saints?

St. Josemaria Escriva claimed, “Reading has made many saints.” That’s so true. While some saints were illiterate, like Catherine of Siena, many of them were faithful readers. So why not follow their lead?

I spent several months trying to uncover the books they enjoyed. I read biographies, journals, personal letters, and more. I then collected all that research into a new book, titled The Saints’ Favorite Books: Read What They Read, Become Who They Are.

And here’s the best part: I’m giving the book away completely FREE to people who sign up for my new email list!

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Inside, you’ll find fourteen saints and their favorite books, including:

  • St. Augustine of Hippo
  • St. Benedict of Nursia
  • St. Bernard of Clairvaux
  • St. Thomas Aquinas
  • St. Ignatius of Loyola
  • St. Teresa of Ávila
  • St. John of the Cross
  • St. Francis de Sales
  • St. John Eudes
  • St. Thérèse of Lisieux
  • Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati
  • St. Teresa Benedicta
  • Servant of God Dorothy Day
  • Bl. Teresa of Calcutta

This isn’t just a plain, black-and-white text document. It’s a professionally designed eBook with beautiful graphics and interactive links. Here are a couple sample pages:
The Saints' Favorite Books

The Saints' Favorite Books

I also threw in a special BONUS Appendix on “The Popes’ Favorite Books.” Which book did Pope Pius X keep on his nightstand? Which book did Pope Benedict say he would bring on a deserted island? Find out when you download your FREE copy of The Saints’ Favorite Books.

After you read the book, be sure to let me know what you think in the comment box below! Enjoy!

The Saints' Favorite Books

New and Notable Books (July 2014)

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One perk of being a book reviewer is that publishers regularly send emails, catalogs, and a steady stream of advanced review copies.

I try to review as many as I can, but I can’t get to them all. So each month I highlight a few new and upcoming books that I’m particularly excited about.

(The descriptions below are either from the publisher or from Amazon.)


To the Heights: A Novel Based on the Life of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

by Brian Kennelly

TAN Books, 280 pages, paperback
Released on August 28, 2014

To the HeightsEnter the heart of a passionate young man, who in his brief life reached the heights of adventure, friendship—and sanctity.

Born to a wealthy family in Turin at the dawn of the 20th century, Pier Giorgio Frassati was good-looking, popular and athletic. He spent much of his youth climbing the rugged Italian Alps, disappearing into the clouds for days at a time. He was quick with a joke or a prank and enjoyed a good time. It seemed he was blessed with everything a young man could ask for.

But he hungered for more.

Despite coming from a family of such prestige, Pier Giorgio spent most days in the slums of Turin, visiting the poor and serving the sick. His love for Christ burned within him and brushed off on everyone he came into contact with – from lepers and orphans to college friends and political diplomats. He shared his Faith with kindness and charity, and defended it passionately against the evils of Fascism, even coming to blows with Mussolini’s thugs on numerous occasions.

Pier Giorgio touched the lives of thousands, yet his high-society parents remained unmoved by the life he led as they frowned upon his religious practices and charitable work. Reaching them would be his last challenge, his final mountain to climb.

To the Heights is an unforgettable novel about Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. Dig deeper than the biographical facts and discover the heart of a charismatic young man whose soul blazes brightly and uniquely among the host of heaven.



Katharine Drexel: The Riches-to-Rags Life Story of an American Catholic Saint

by Cheryl C. D. Hughes

Eerdmans, 283 pages, paperback
Released on August 1, 2014

Katherine Drexel bookOn October 1, 2000, Pope John Paul II proclaimed Katharine Drexel (1858–1955) to be a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. Only the second American-born Catholic saint in history, Drexel founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1891 and established more than sixty Blessed Sacrament missions and schools.

In this biography Cheryl Hughes chronicles the remarkable life of St. Katharine Drexel, exploring what drove her to turn away from her family’s wealth and become a missionary nun who served some of the most underprivileged and marginalized people of her time. Through her inspiration and effort “Mother” Katharine improved the lives of untold numbers of Native Americans and African Americans, overcoming open hostility to her work from various quarters, including the Ku Klux Klan. Her saintly legacy lives on today.



Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?: . . . and Other Questions from the Astronomers’ In-box at the Vatican Observatory

by Guy Consolmagno, S.J. and Paul Mueller

Image Books, 304 pages, hardcover
Released on October 7, 2014

Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial
“Imagine if a Martian showed up, all big ears and big nose like a child’s drawing, and he asked to be baptized. How would you react?” – Pope Francis, May, 2014

Pope Francis posed that question – without insisting on an answer! – to provoke deeper reflection about inclusiveness and diversity in the Church. But it’s not the first time that question has been asked.

Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father Paul Mueller hear questions like that all the time. They’re scientists at the Vatican Observatory, the official astronomical research institute of the Catholic Church. In Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? they explore a variety of questions at the crossroads of faith and reason: How do you reconcile the The Big Bang with Genesis? Was the Star of Bethlehem just a pious religious story or an actual description of astronomical events? What really went down between Galileo and the Catholic Church – and why do the effects of that confrontation still reverberate to this day? Will the Universe come to an end? And… could you really baptize an extraterrestrial?

With disarming humor, Brother Guy and Father Paul explore these questions and more over the course of six days of dialogue. Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial will make you laugh, make you think, and make you reflect more deeply on science, faith, and the nature of the universe.



Pope Francis and the Joy of the Gospel: Rediscovering the Heart of a Disciple

by Edward Sri

Our Sunday Visitor, 112 pages, paperback
Released on August 28, 2014

Pope Francis and the Joy of the Gospel“I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ.”-Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

The call of Christ to each of us is as heart-stopping as the moment captured by Caravaggio in his painting, The Call of St. Matthew. Jesus points, he invites-and Matthew the tax-collector must make a decision. “The Lord does not disappoint those who take that risk” and choose him, Pope Francis tells us in his Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel.

Dr. Edward Sri, theologian, author, and speaker, unpacks The Joy of the Gospel, making it accessible and actionable. In these brief reflections Sri explores those things that hold us back, how we can open ourselves to God’s love, and the difference this can make to our joyful proclamation of the Gospel.

Pope Francis and the Joy of the Gospel reminds us that when life weighs us down, “the Lord is already there, waiting for us with open arms.”

Great for use by individuals or groups, each chapter concludes with questions for reflection or discussion, moving readers further into a renewed personal relationship with Christ.


What new and notable books are you looking forward to?


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