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  • Writer's pictureBrandon Harvey

Book Recommendations for Potential Catholics

Adults enter into the Catholic Church every year for a whole host of reasons. Some look into this 2,000 year old Church because of the witness of a Catholic Christian in their life, or because their Catholic fiancé has sparked their curiosity, or because they have heard that this Church is the one founded by Christ. While these may be the most common examples I encounter, there are many others.

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Whether out of curiosity or focused interest, considering the Catholic Church can seem difficult. The Church was first called “catholic” by the bishop of Antioch (St. Ignatius) and decades prior “in Antioch the disciples were for the first time called Christians” (Acts 11:26). Prior to the use of words like “Christian” and “Catholic”, it was simply called “the Way” (Acts 9:2). This is because following Jesus—who is “the way, and the truth and the life” (Jn 14:6)—is a way of life, a way of thinking, a way of being. There is nothing as life consuming and encompassing as deciding to live for and in Jesus who is the “way.” The fullness of this “way” is found in the Catholic Church.

People often ask, “What Catholic books or materials would you recommend?” While the way of Christ in the Church is not easily reduced to knowledge to be read, books and media can often help one to become more familiar and comfortable with the Church. As part of our Evangelium Institute’s Recommendations series, we want to offer our recommendations to assist you in your journey.

Book Recommendations for Potential Catholics:

Deacon Omar Gutiérrez

Dr. Keith Jiron

Deacon Peter Kennedy

  • Your Questions, God’s Answers by Peter Kreeft is a book of answers to common questions, ranging from God or identity or even entertainment choices, from God's perspective. The answers from God are provided by offering responses with the assistance Sacred Scripture.

  • I’m Catholic. Now What? By Shaun McAfee was written to help new Catholics in growing their faith and participation in the life of the Church. It is beneficial to both Catholics and potential Catholics.

  • The Hallow Prayer App is the #1 prayer app at the time of this article and offers engaging options for learning common Catholic prayers, but also offers help in growing in prayer habits and spiritual reading.

Dr. Brandon Harvey

Whether it is for you or a friend, we hope these resources will be of assistance on the journey. May God be with you.

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