It’s summer, and perhaps you have the chance to catch up on your reading. Maybe even your spiritual reading. But where to start? The Bible, of course, is foundational. Consider delving into some of its lesser known books, such as the historical books of the Old Testament or the non-Pauline letters in the New Testament.
Some people hesitate to pick up the spiritual classics, thinking they might be too deep, or not relevant to contemporary life. Let St. Francis de Sales’ “Introduction to the Devout Life” change your mind. Written for lay people, it’s a gentle, practical guide to spiritual growth.
Other popular classics include St. Teresa of Avila’s autobiography and “Interior Castle”; works by St. John of the Cross; the “Confessions” of St. Augustine; and St. Theresa of Lisieux’s autobiography, “The Story of a Soul.”
If you’re looking for something more modern, try the writings of Thomas Merton, the Catholic convert who became a Trappist monk. Start with his intriguing story in “The Seven Storey Mountain.”
Other best-selling authors include C.S. Lewis, Henri Nouwen, Ronald Rolheiser, and Joyce Rupp.
If you live near a Catholic bookstore, take a few minutes to browse through its offerings. You can also do some virtual browsing and look at the websites of Catholic book publishers.