Lifetime Reading Plan

One of the Catholic Information Center’s signature offerings is the Lifetime Reading Plan – a selection of books recommended for learning more about and growing deeper in the Catholic faith over a lifetime. While most of the books are for adults, there are some that parents may enjoy reading with their children as they grow up, starting perhaps with J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and Miguel Cervantes’ ‘Don Quixote’, followed by St. Therese’s ‘Story of A Soul’ and C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Screwtape Letters’, and continuing with Flannery O’Connor’s Complete Stories, Gerard Manley Hopkins’ Poems, and Sigrid Undset’s Kristen Lavransdatter Trilogy as they get older. No matter where one starts in the Lifetime Reading Plan, it points the way to a treasure of books to read over the trajectory of one’s life. And, no matter the age of the child, the Lifetime Reading Plan provides parents with spiritual and intellectual nourishment – which in turn nourishes all who live in the home.

Learning the Faith

Reading List

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Adam, Karl – The Spirit of Catholicism

St. Augustine – City of God

Aumann, Jordan – Spiritual Theology

Belloc, Hilaire – The Great Heresies,How the Reformation Happened, Survivals & New Arrivals

Bouyer, Louis – The Spirit & Forms of Protestantism

Carroll, Warren – History of Christendom

Chesterton, G.K. – The Everlasting Man, Orthodoxy

Dawson, Christopher – Christianity & European Culture

St. Francis de Sales – Treatise on the Love of God

Eliot, T.S. – Christianity & Culture

Hahn, Scott – Rome Sweet Home

Pope John Paul II – Love & Responsibility

Knox, Ronald – Enthusiasm

Kreeft, Peter – Christianity for Modern Pagans

Leclercq, Jean – The Love of Learning & the Desire for God

Lewis, C.S. – Mere Christianity, The Problem of Pain, The Screwtape Letters

Neuhaus, Richard John – Catholic Matters

Ott, Ludwig – Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma

Oursler, Fulton – The Greatest Story Every Told

Pieper, Josef – The Four Cardinal Virtues

Rice, Richard – 50 Questions on the Natural Law

Sheed, Frank – Theology for Beginners

St. Thomas Aquinas – My Way of Life

Vidmar, John – The Catholic Church Through the Ages


Living the Faith

Reading List

St. Augustine – Confessions

Baur, Benedict – Frequent Confession, In Silence with God

Boylan, Eugene – Difficulties in Mental Prayer, This Tremendous Lover

Burke, Cormack – Covenanted Happiness

St. Catherine of Siena – Little Talks with God

Chautard, Jean-Baptiste – The Soul of the Apostolate

D’Elbee, Jean – I Believe in Love

De Caussaude, Jean – Abandonment to Divine Providence

De Montfort, Louis – True Devotion to Mary

St. Francis de Sales – Introduction to the Devout Life

Escriva, St. Josemaria – Christ Is Passing By, Friends of God, The Way, Furrow, The Forge, Way of the Cross

St. Faustina – Divine Mercy in my Soul (Diary)

Garrigou-Lagrange, Reginald – The Three Ages of the Interior Life

St. John of the Cross – Dark Night of the Soul

Kempis, Thomas – The Imitation of Christ

Ligouri, Alphonsus – Uniformity with God’s Will, The 12 Steps to Holiness & Salvation

Louis of Granada – The Sinner’s Guide

Lovasik, Lawrence – The Hidden Power of Kindness

Martinez, Luis – True Devotion to the Holy Spirit

Newman, John Henry – The Idea of a University, Parochial and Plain Sermons

Perquin, Bonaventure – Abba, Father

Philippe, Jacques – Interior Freedom

Pinckaers, Servais – The Pursuit of Happiness – God’s Way

Rohrbach, Peter Thomas – Conversation with Christ

Scupoli, Lorenzo – Spiritual Combat

Sertillanges, A.G. – The Intellectual Life

Sheed, Frank – To Know Christ Jesus

Sheen, Fulton – Three to Get Married

Tanqueray, Adolphe – The Spiritual Life

St. Teresa of Avila – Way of Perfection

Mother Teresa – Come Be My Light

Von Hildebrand, Dietrich – Transformation in Christ


Loving the Faith

Reading List

Pope Benedict XVI – Jesus of Nazareth, The Spirit of the Liturgy

Benson, Robert Hugh – Lord of the World

Bernanos, Georges – Diary of a Country Priest

Cervantes, Miguel – Don Quixote

Cizek, Walter – He Leadeth Me

Chesterton, G.K. – St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Aquinas

Dante – The Divine Comedy

Day, Dorothy – The Long Loneliness

De La Palma, Luis – The Sacred Passion

Greene, Graham – The Power and the Glory

Guardini, Romano – The Lord

Holzner, Joseph – Paul of Tarsus

Hopkins, Gerard Manley – Poems

Pope John XXIII – Journal of a Soul

Manzoni, Alessandro – The Betrothed

Merton, Thomas – The Seven Storey Mountain

Monti, James – The King’s Good Servant but God’s First

More, St. Thomas – The Sadness of Christ

Muggeridge, Malcom – Something Beautiful for God

Newman, John Henry – Apologia Pro Vita Sua

O’Connor, Flannery – The Complete Stories

Percy, Walker – Lost in the Cosmos, Love in the Ruins

Sheen, Fulton – The Life of Christ

Sienkiewicz, Henryk – Quo Vadis

Stein, Edith – Woman

Suarez, Frederico – Mary of Nazareth

St. Teresa of Avila – Interior Castle

St. Therese of Lisieux – Story of A Soul

Tolkien, J.R.R. – The Lord of the Rings

Trochu, Francois – The Cure of Ars

Undset, Sigrid – Kristen Lavransdatter Trilogy

Von Hildebrand, Alice – The Privilege of Being a Woman

Walsh, William Thomas – Our Lady of Fatima

Waugh, Evelyn – Brideshead Revisited

Wegemer, Gerard – Thomas More: Portrait of Courage

Weigel, George – Witness to Hope