My Bookshelf

Welcome book lovers! I’m finally getting started on my book page. I hope to organize it better, add many more favorites, and a special section on St. Therese, about whom I have read dozens of books. Yes, she is my favorite Saint. Books are so personal. I’d love to hear what you are reading in the comment box below!

What I’m currently reading:

The New Jerusalem Bible

Trusting God with St. Therese (kindle) by Connie Rossini – Just Published, July 2014.

Catherine of Siena by Sigrid Undset

The One Thing is Three: How the Most Holy Trinity Explains Everything by Father Michael Gaitley, MIC

The Collected Letters of St. Teresa of Avila, Volume One, ICS Publications

Life Everlasting and the Immensity of the Soul (kindle) Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.

What I’m always reading/meditating lately:

Secrets of the Interior Life by Venerable Archbishop Luis M Martinez

What I’m looking forward to reading again soon:
The Dialogue by St. Catherine of Siena

Books I love:

The Story of a Soul, the autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux
The Interior Castle,
by St. Teresa of Avila
The Ascent of Mt. Carmel by St. John of the Cross
He and I
by Gabrielle Bossis
The Passion of St. Therese of Lisieux, by Bishop Guy Gaucher
The Story of a Life,
by Bishop Guy Gaucher
The Silence of Mary by Ignacio Larranaga, OFM, Cap.
Self-Abandonment to Divine Providence by Father J.P. de Caussade, S.J.
Holy Abandonment by Rt. Rev. Dom Vitalis Lehodey, OCR

When Jesus Sleeps by Venerable Archbishop Luis M. Martinzez

(More to come….)

13 thoughts on “My Bookshelf

  1. Awesome books! I loved “A story of a Soul” and was greatly blessed by St. Therese’s testimony.. as is also my pastor who spoke about St. Therese in our last retreat . He said that St. Therese abandoned herself totally to God’s divine providence and he prayer was always, “Do to me what pleases Thee.”

    Also love Father de Caussade’s study on Abandonment to Divine Providence. the Holy Spirit really enlightened him, and now when I suffer various situations in my job and everyday life, I’m much less inclined to complain as before knowing that “all things work together for good” to those who love God”

    “He and I” is also my newest favorite too . We have really been blessed with so much spiritual food from our Lord!

      • Hey,

        Thats for sure! The one that I will need to add to my reading list will be “The Story of a Soul”, the autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux. There is another young Catholic blogger that first introduced me to the Little Flower. I really like his blog and style of writting. His blog is

        Let me see…books that I really like…Number one on my list will have to be “Orthodoxy” by GK Chesterton. If you haven’t been introduced to GK Chesterton preperared for a treat!

        Another book by Chesterton that you may like to read is “The Everlasting Man”. Which is on my bookshelve waiting for me :-).

        Right up there is “Orthodoxy” is Theology and Sanity by Frank Sheed. This book is absolutely amazing. I can’t tell you how much deeper I grew in wisdom and understanding of God. Patrick Coffin, a fellow friend of ours, recommended one time on his show and I went ahead and order it. It sat on my bookshelve for a while until a Good Friday I started reading it and I simply could not stop.

        Judging by the books you like I think you will love The Fullfilment of all Desires by Ralph Martin.



        PS Have you read The life of Christ by Fulton Sheen? Do you like reading the apostolic fathers?

        • Hi Caleb! You are so smart ๐Ÿ™‚ I already have The Fullfilment of all Desires…bought it as soon as it came out. It’s in my “to read” stack which is entirely too large! I think Chesterton is delightful, although I have not read any of his books. Father Thomas Dubay often quoted him, and I sometimes catch the guy on EWTN who has a show about him. I am a Secular Carmelite, and I suppose that is reflected in my book preferences, usually focused on prayer and the interior life or the mystics, etc. I too have Theology and Sanity (is Patrick collecting royalties on that now? LOL! I heard about it from him too. It’s on my iPad, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. But your comments made me curious. I’m trying to finish Life Everlasting and the Immensity of the Soul, by Garrigou-Lagrange.

          I have not read The Life of Christ by dear Archbishop Sheen. I know it’s a classic. I did read The World’s First Love many years ago. I hope to read the trilogy on Christ by our Pope Emeritus…they too in the book pile waiting. I have not read any of the apostolic fathers, although I heard a lot about them through Catholic Answers.

          So many books, so little time! Bet you have a stack too! Let me know what you think about The Story of a Soul. Therese sounds deceptively simple, but I find her inexhaustible in wisdom. Thank you so much for sharing some of your favorites! I’ll be over to visit soon. Blessings always! Patricia

          • Hey Patricia,

            I am sure Patrick is getting some royalties!!! Yes, my reading list is ever expanding. Sadly lately I haven’t been able to catch up on my reading but hope to start soon!

            God bless!

          • Dear Patricia,

            Thank you for your kind words. I wish I could be as smart as the books I read! It is awesome to hear that you are a secular carmelite! Like I said in my response I wish I had more time to read!

            Now everytime I listen to CA I will be thinking that out there, there is a Carmalite who has an awesome blog listening to it too!



  2. Hi! right now I just finished Jonathan Cahn’s, “The Harbinger” , which reveals things the Lord enlightened him on the various signs since 9/11/2001 that correlate with signs given to ancient Isreal when they stopped caring about the Lord and cared more about their own personal prosperity.
    The signs are uncannily accurate. He says how 9/11/2001 wasn’t caused by God, but was permitted to happen as America’s “wake-up call”. For a tiny bit, people turned back to the Lord, but then arrogance set in and our attitude became one of , “we will build bigger and better!” Just as how ancient Isreal responded to each thing God permitted with them. We are being handled by God the same way as ancient Isreal because our two country’s destinies were both to be a Light to the Gentiles, a City on a Hill for the other nations. We havnt been faithful , and therefore all these trials they face and we face are to give us a chance to turn back to God in sincerity. That we get down on our knees before Him and rely on only Him- not our own “strengths”.

    The other book I’m reading each day is “He and I” – one of my most favorites!” and there’s this little book I am being led to pull out again from my book shelf on “Thoughts from St. Therese”


    • Lisa, thanks for sharing! Have you read The Story of a Soul yet? I can’t remember if you told me you did or not. It’s the autobiography of St. Therese. Oh..He and I! I love that! I have had my copy since the 90’s, and I can always go back and just open it to any page and feel touched by Our Lord. It has rarely been out of print since it was first published about sixty years ago. If you like poetry, St. Therese’s poems are available, but be sure to get the edition from ICS publications. It’s the definitive one translated by the Carmelites. I agree with you totally that we need to get down on our knees and beg God to protect and intervene in this world. Look at all that has happened, just since you left your comment. So sad! Our religious freedom is being eroded before our eyes, and it’s frightening! God bless you, Lisa. Share more of what you are reading when you have time. blessings always~ Hugs too ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Hi! Yes, I did read it over a year ago .. and what I thought was so sweet is that St. Therese would not have written about herself except that she wrote out of obedience , being asked to do so by whom God placed in charge over her. Otherwise, she would only have written poetry to honor the Lord and letters assisting missionaries, etc.

        It is very sad about what is happening in such a short time frame already! I believe we are definitely in the End Times. I asked the Lord in prayer the evening before I heard that James Foley was beheaded what is going to happen to the United States., will this persecution enter our Country too? What will we do? and I heard the deep within me say, “Be in readiness”

        Right now, what I’m doing is going through “He and I” page by page and recording down all the quotes of Jesus to Gabrielle Bossis where He shares about His feelings and things that He experienced on Earth to her. I’m writing them in a journal and there is soo much beauty in His words, that it looks like I am going to need an extra journal !

        I also purchased a journal on clearance at Barnes & Noble and am recording all the old hymns and poems that really speak of Jesus to me in there.. Some modern Christian hymns are in there too.. I discovered singer missionary Danielle Rose’s songs on Youtube, and am going to be adding the lyrics to some choice ones of hers also!

        hugs in Jesus

  3. Patricia, thanks for including my book on your list. I just found this post through a search on my book. You should have told me you posted it! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m eager to hear your thoughts when you’ve finished.

    • Connie, you are most welcome! I’m reading slowly…new grandbaby and all that ๐Ÿ™‚ But also, your book has a depth that doesn’t allow for a quick read. Love your approach; it’s really unique. Praying to St. Michael to keep the gremlins away ๐Ÿ™‚ Blessings, dear friend!

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