Cher-Reading Favorite Spiritual Books

In September, I posted a list of favorite books I’ve read this year and have continued to update the list with new favorites. Here is a list specific to my favorite spiritual books that I have read! If you are Catholic, or are looking for inspiration, you might want to take a look at these books. They also make for excellent presents!

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Books

Books by Ronald Rolheiser
Ronald Rolheiser, a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He is a community-builder, lecturer, and writer. As a Catholic author and religious speaker he is influential to those who face struggles in life. His books address the lonely, the distraught, the abused and wounded, the forgotten, the heart of those struggling with God, and those longing for God on a deeper spiritual level. He shows how God is present amidst suffering, restlessness, anxiety, jealousies, and obsessions and the importance of prayer as part of everyday life. In his books, he explains that each life seeks fulfillment for our innate longing for God. Fr. Rolheiser brings empathy, hope, consolation, and inspiration with his writings. Once you read one book, you’ll want to read his entire collection! I enjoyed all of them.

The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality
by Ronald Rolheiser
This book explains Christian spirituality and the universal struggle for love and integration of spirit explaining God and the Church for a world that more often than not doubts the credibility of both.

Seeking Spirituality
by Ronald Rolheiser
Find out Christian spirituality is and why we struggle with it. He gives practical advice on how to build a spirituality for today and for the next century.

Our One Great Act of Fidelity: Waiting for Christ in the Eucharist
by Ronald Rolheiser
Delve into the history and meaning of this sacred tradition with this explanation of the Eucharist.

The Shattered Lantern: Rediscovering a Felt Presence of God
by Ronald Rolheiser
Rediscover how faith makes sense and the real presence of God.

Living in the Sacred: Spirituality for Everyday Life
by Ronald Rolheiser
Learn how to live spirituality in everyday life as disciples of Christ and stay true to commitments living selflessly for others.

Prayer: Our Deepest Longing
by Ronald Rolheiser
Learn the importance of prayer and how to pray, using examples from daily life, Scripture, and contemporary writers.

A Christian Guide to Spirituality:
Foundations for Disciples (Christian Spirituality Book 1)

by Ronald Rolheiser
This guide includes 50 daily devotions. Each topic is treated with a scriptural reference, reflection, prayer, and questions for discussion.

The Passion and the Cross
by Ronald Rolheiser
These meditations on the Passion and the Cross invites you to a new understanding of redemption and offers insight into the meaning of your own loss and suffering.

The Restless Heart: Finding Our Spiritual Home in Times of Loneliness
by Ronald Rolheiser
Connectiveness has changed in the modern world of cell phones and instant messaging. This book discusses the different types of loneliness and the dangers and opportunities they represent in our lives.

Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas
by Ronald Rolheiser
This book shows us God’s love is unconditional and the importance of forgiveness.

Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity
by Ronald Rolheiser
Be inspired on a journey of Christian maturity in pursuit of the most holy of all passions—a deep and lasting intimacy with God.

Wrestling with God: Finding Hope and Meaning in Our Daily Struggles to Be Human
by Ronald Rolheiser
Find hope and meaning in daily struggles, finding a path for faith in a world struggling to find faith, and a rhythm within which to walk that path.

Bruised And Wounded: Struggling To Understand Suicide
by Ronald Rolheiser
Work through the grief associated with the trauma of experiencing a loss from suicide.


Eucharist
The Key the Doctrine of the Eucharist
by Abbot Vonier, foreword Peter Kreeft and Aiden Nichols
The richness of the sacrament of the Eucharist and the biblical meaning behind the tradition of the sacrifice at the Mass is explained in this book. I enjoyed this book so much, I read it twice.


Mary
Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross
by Edward Sri
Mary was obedient to God’s will, continuing to say yes even under the most difficult circumstances always trusting and believing in humbleness and obedience. This book takes a journey through Mary’s life and shows how she lives her life, filled with faith, with examples that can be applied to our own journey.


Jesus
Jesus, The Way, the Truth and The Life
by Marcellino D’Ambrosio
If you have ever struggled with reading the Bible, this book pieces the stories and books of the Bible together with clarity using everyday language. There are interesting historical tidbits and facts included which enrich a person’s understanding of the Bible and the time in history in which Jesus lived.


Virtues
The Power of Humility
by Fr. Candice Bourke
This book explains what being humble means in relation to God, other people, and in the way a person views themself. The power of humility changes a person to live a more virtuous life.


Prayer
15 Days of Prayer with Thomas Merton
by Andre Gozier, O.S.B.
Thomas Merton, a Cistercian monk, draws from classic and monastic spirituality with daily suggestions of how to pray to have a stronger relationship with God.


Spiritual Guidance
Thank You for Being Such a Pain. Spiritual Guidance for Dealing with Difficult People.
by Mark I. Rosen, PhD
This book provides spiritual guidance on how to deal with people who can be challenging and advice on how to work through troublesome relationships. There are several enlightening quotes and stories throughout this book to enjoy and learn from as gems of inspiration.

Related article with inspirational books & media by Joel and Victoria Osteen:
Spiritual Encouragement: Turning to Prayer and Meditation to Find Encouragement


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