Nancy Carpentier Brown

The Story of Cardinal George

Author(s): 
Father Eugene Keusal
Illustrator(s): 
Madeleine Ferrara

Children who live in the Archdiocese of Chicago know that their Cardinal Archbishop is Francis Cardinal George. But do they know anything at all about his life?

After meeting Cardinal George at a mass at our parish, I was immediately struck by two facts: one--that he was much shorter than I imagined him to be, and two--that he walked with a limp. I was curious about that limp, but never expected to have that particular curiosity satisfied.

Saint Francis

Author(s): 
Nikos Kazantzakis

This should not be the first book you read about St. Francis. It is a book for those who are already familiar with the saint. It is a novelization, or fictionalization of the adult life of St. Francis, as told through the eyes of a fictional Brother Leo.

The story is well woven by Kazantzakis, a prolific writer who spent most of his life (1883-1957) in Greece, but who gave up his Greek Orthodox faith at some point in his life (and did not embrace any other faith), who was introduced to St. Francis when he visited the city of Assisi.

The Annotated Innocence of Father Brown

Book cover: 'The Annotated Innocence of Father Brown'
Author(s): 
G.K. Chesterton
Martin Gardner (notes)

As an avid Chestertonian, I am frequently asked which G.K. Chesterton title I recommend for young people to read.

Letters to a Young Catholic

Book cover: 'Letters to a Young Catholic'
Author(s): 
George Weigel

In this small bok, author George Weigel takes us on a journey around the Catholic world, both literally and figuratively. Weigel had the idea to present each different aspect he wanted to discuss with young adult Catholics (and any adult interested in learning a little more about the Faith) by taking his book reading companions on a journey to several noted Catholic destinations, such as Chartres Cathedral in France, the Sistine Chapel in Rome, and various destinations in Poland and America. At each location, Weigel stops to discuss some aspect of Catholic Christianity with his reader.

here.now. a catholic guide to the good life

Book cover: 'here.now. a catholic guide to the good life'
Author(s): 
Amy Welborn

The world claims to have the answers, but what are they? Please yourself, answer to no one, claim your truth, reject any close-minded or intolerant positions, be tolerant and diverse and accepting of other truths, whatever they are, except it they are intolerant.

If these are the answers, what are the questions?

When young people ask themselves:

Surprised by Canon Law

Book cover: 'Surprised by Canon Law: 150 Questions Catholics Ask about Canon Law'
Author(s): 
Pete Vere
Michael Trueman

Pete and Michael are Canon Lawyers for the Catholic Church. This means they answer lots of questions about the rules that guide our faith. Canon law in many instances determines how theological truths apply to the daily practice of the Catholic faith.

This book gives a good introductory look at canon law. From the basic, "What is canon law all about?" to the more obscure, "What relationship does a Catholic association have with the larger church?" this book will give you a good, basic concept of what canon law is, and what canon lawyers do.

The Power of the Cross

Book cover: 'The Power of the Cross: Applying the Passion of Christ to Your Life'
Author(s): 
Michael Dubruiel

This is a meditative book, divided into a six week program of daily readings and meditation ideas, based on the Passion of Christ. Ideally, and Dubruiel suggests this, this book would fit in perfectly with a Lenten reading plan. However, the book can really be started any time. In addition to individual use, the book is well suited for a small group, as it contains discussion questions at the end of each section. These questions could be used individually, to help you get as much out of the reading and meditation as possible, or in a group.

In the Beginning...There Were No Diapers Laughing and Learning in the First Years of Fatherhood

Book cover: 'In the Beginning...There Were No Diapers Laughing and Learning in the First Years of Fatherhood'
Author(s): 
Tim Bete

A Catholic parenting humor book? Yes, it is possible. Tim Bete has the timing, the subtle humor and the Erma Bombeck training to take the early years as a new parent, and tell it like it is: from the 672 rules every parent must have in the average home to the bribing of children into toilet training, Bete, a father of three young children, never misses a beat.

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