Padre’s Platinum List

People have been asking me for my favorite books in one single blog post. Here’s a short “best-of” list.

NB:  I hesitantly use Amazon Prime as it does not fulfill Catholic social teaching on subsidiarity.  Thus, I’m not going to hyperlink these books. You will have to do your own research to find them.  That way, you can use whatever market you want.

How to Pray

Conversation with Christ by Fr. Rohrbach

Best book on Mary

The World’s First Love by Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Best histories of the Catholic Church

The History of Christendom by Warren Carroll (long at six volumes coming to about 5,000 pages)

Triumph (short, coming to about 500 pages)


Best Audio books:

Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly (Don’t worry, you don’t have to like his politics to find this is a phenomonal book on the Roman and Jewish history that led up to Christ’s crucifixion.)

Mother Angelica, written and read out loud by Raymond Arroyo who does an imitation of Mother Angelica as good as, um, Mother Angelica.

Best fiction

Island of the World by Michael O’Brien

Best saint accounts

Short:  St Mary of Egypt by St. Zosima himself (linked here on Evernote)

Long:  Ignatius of Loyola: The Pilgrim Saint

Best children’s catechism (tie)

Baltimore Catechism

Catechism of Perseverance

Best Chastity talk

Green Sex by Jason Evert

Best book on dogma

Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma by Ludwig Ott

Best book on the Eucharist

Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist by Dr. Brandt Pitre

Best book on the Sacrifice of the Mass

Nothing Superfluous by Fr. James Jackson FSSP

Best beginning-evangelization book

Made for More by Curtis Martin

Best book on Salvation History

A Father Who Keeps His Promises by Dr. Scott Hahn

Best short book to understand the redemption

Dialogues by St. Catherine of Siena (actually God the Father’s words to  His own Divine Son.)

Best Spiritual Read

Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis De Sales (Make sure to get this unabridged version translated by Ryan)

Best Ascetical Theology

Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange (long)

Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange (short)

Best Apologetics book

Handbook of Catholic Apologetics by Fr. Tacelli and Dr. Peter Kreeft

Best book on how to be a Man

Be a Man by Fr. Larry Richards

Best pro-life resource

Pro-Life Pastoral Handbook by Brian Clowes

Best resource for adult-survivors of child sexual abuse

Wounded Heart by Dr. Dan Allender

Best book on how to forgive

Left to Tell by Immaculée Ilibagize (the new-age guru-clown Dr. Wayne Dyer only gave the forward.  She is a living saint.)

Best movies to understand the priesthood

I Confess by Alfred Hitchcock

Diary of a Country Priest, from the book by Georges Bernanos

Best traditional Catholic music

Female:  Benedictine Nuns of Ephesus

Male:  Solesmes Gregorian Chant

Best books on Deliverance and Exorcism

This is the only book I would recommend you get curious family and friends who are probably not living a life that is free of habitual mortal-sin.  It is called An Exorcist Tells His Story and it is by the former chief-exorcist of Rome, Fr. Gabriele Amorth,  who died in 2016, God rest his soul.

My suggestion for lay people who are living in grace and already praying a daily Rosary: Deliverance Prayers for the Laity by Fr. Ripperger

For priests doing deliverance ministry but not full exorcism:

Minor-Exorcisms and Deliverance Prayers by Fr. Ripperger

Best full-theology on Exorcism and demons:

Exorcism and the Church Militant by Fr. Thomas Euteneuer. 1

  1. A private-donor friend of mine will give a copy of this book to any priest who writes me an email requesting this book. Sorry, no lay people on this offer, but you can still purchase the book on Amazon.