As the days grow shorter and the Christmas holiday approaches, I always have the urge to curl up with a good book. If you’re looking to find reading that will engage both your mind and your soul, there are lots of choices to pick from! Here is a list of eight spiritual books I’ve read over the past year that I would highly recommend to anyone:
Hallie Lord tells the story of how she overcame fear and anxiety and learned to embrace a sense of joy and trust in God, even in very difficult circumstances. Her writing style is very real and relatable, with amazing insights. She opens up about her own experiences, and I loved her overall message: “God gives grace for the situation, not for the imagination.”
I knew St. John Paul II was amazing, but I didn’t know just how amazing until I read this book. His life was incredible! This biography, organized around his five great loves—young people, human love, the Blessed Sacrament, the Virgin Mary, and the Cross—is a page-turner you won’t be able to put down.
Another page-turner, this book is Fr. Ciszek reflections on the lessons he learned from the twenty-three years spent in Soviet prison camps in Siberia. Amazingly, he was able to find peace and trust in the face of such unthinkable trials, and his story is unforgettable.
Ann Voskamp’s writing style is rich and descriptive. Her attention to detail in noticing the beauty that surrounds her inspires her readers to be grateful for the many gifts in their lives, and to recognize that everything is a gift.
I visited Fatima this year, and this book helped give me a greater appreciation for Our Lady’s apparitions there. It really is an amazing story, and there are so many lessons to be applied to our own lives today. Fr. Andrew Apostoli wrote this comprehensive book, giving detailed backstory into the history of the apparitions and discussing what Fatima means for us now.
Short and sweet, this book fits in your pocket and is a great source of wisdom and peace. Fr. Jacques Philippe’s simple insights will help you examine your life in a new light and focus on what is truly meaningful.
After reading Searching for and Maintaining Peace, I had to pick up Fr. Jacques Philippe’s book Interior Freedom as well. This book, too, is full of wise messages; it focuses on what true freedom really means and how we can be truly free and joyful even amidst difficulty and suffering.
Colleen C. Mitchell, one of the devotional writers for Blessed Is She, wrote this study, drawing lessons from the lives of several women in the Bible. She meditates on what we can learn about how God sees us by looking at how He sees these Biblical women, and she draws parallels between our own lives and theirs. An encouraging read!