To say I love to read may be an understatement. If I have a spare few minutes, I usually have a book in my hand (well, nowdays it's usually my Kindle, the one electronic gadget I don't think I could live without). And usually, that book is about my favorite subject--the faith. It was reading Thomas Merton's Seven Story Mountain that led me to Christ twenty years ago; it was hundreds of books that helped me grow as a Christian; and dozens more that have formed me as a Catholic revert. I don't think I can even remember every book I've read, but here are seven (really, you had to ask how many--what day is it?) that have influenced me the most.
5 Joys of Being Catholic, I said having the Catechism was one of the things I loved most about being Catholic. In one relatively compact place are all the teachings of the Church about almost every subject. I try to read some from it every day. Marcus Grodi's Coming Home Network offers a reading plan that will take you through the Scriptures and the Catechism in a year.
In this House of Brede, by Rummer Goden. This is actually Susan's favorite, and the one that had more influence on her becoming Catholic than any other. She read the book the first time when she was 11 and read it at least once a year from that time, committing whole passages to memory in the process. The story revolves around a career woman in London who gives up everything to enter an English Benedictine convent. Interestingly enough, Goden also brings in the stresses between the old and the new brought about in the Church by the Second Vatican Council.
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