In Issue 4, 2002 of Hearts Aflame Magazine writer Margaret Cooper gives tips on finding good books to read. Mrs. Cooper writes "Choosing good novels is often difficult in today's secular market where immorality and violence are the major selling attractions. There are, however, several ways to select excellent novels without compromising your principles."
The following is an outline of her guide:
America's Bishop by Thomas C. Reeves
Published by Encounter Books
A Biography on the life and times of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen. A very insightful and entertaining book on the life of America's best-loved Catholic bishops.
Bishop Walsh of Maryknoll A Biography by Raymond Kerrison
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons.
This book tells about this heroic missioner, his work in China and his martyrdom for the faith.
Damien the Leper by John Farrow
A Biography of the Life of Joseph de Veuster. Published by Sheed and Ward.
The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom.
Published by Barbour and Company, Inc.
The inspiring tale of Corrie ten Boom and her family and how they helped protect Jews during the Nazi terror.
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis
Published by Sheed and Ward.
A classic book which every Christian should read and follow.
Life of Blessed Dominic Savio by Saint John Bosco
Slightly abridged from the Italian by Roderic Bright. Published by Salesiana Publishers and Distributors.
The wonderful story of young saint Dominic Savio, told to us by someone who knew him well, St. John Bosco.
Lift Up Your Heart by Fulton J. Sheen
Published by McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc. One of many excellent books by prolific writer Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
Lord of the World by Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson
published by The Neumann Press.
This novel about the anti-christ was written by Anglican convert to Catholicism Monsignor Benson and is still very compelling to read.
The Man Who Fought the Devil by Eva K. Betz
Published by The Neumann Press
One of our favorite books about the Cure d' Ars. Inspiring for both children as well as adults.
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola with Translation and Commentary by W. H. Longridge
Published by A.R. Mowbray and Co., Ltd.
Another classical Catholic work written by the founder of the Jesuits
Thinking Life Through by Fulton J. Sheen
Published by McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc.
All of Bishop Sheen's works are worth reading over and over again.
One of our favorite authors is Betty Smith.
Betty Smith was born in Brooklyn in 1906. Although Mrs. Smith as some 60 published one-act plays and six full-length dramas to her credit, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was her first novel. She said of it, "Brooklyn is not a city. It is a faith. You cannot become a Brooklynite. You have to be born one. I was born in Brooklyn. For a long time I wanted to write about it the way I knew it. One day I bought a ream of paper and started to write."
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Published by the Blakeston Company.
This is the story of Francie Nolan and the world of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that made her. Because the family in the story is Catholic, Catholic readers will relate to many of the references.
Maggie Now by Betty Smith
Published by Harper and Brothers.
This is another story of a young heroine living in Brooklyn
Tomorrow Will Be Better by Betty Smith
Published by Harper and Brothers
Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith
Published by Harper and Row Publishers.
Touching story about a newlywed couple. Considered to be authobiographical by some.
Pearl S. Buck was one of the most renowed, interesting, and controversial figures ever to influence American and Chinese cultural and literary history... Born into a missionary family, Pearl Buck lived the first half of her life in China and was bilingual from childhood. Although she is best known, perhaps, as the prolific author of The Good Earth and as a winner of the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, Buck in fact led a career that extended well beyond her eighty works of fiction and nonfiction and deep into the public sphere...
Excerpt from Pearl S. Buck: A Cultural Biography by Peter Conn
Most of The Vision Books may be purchased online from Ignatius Press, by clicking below. Some are out of print.
THE VISION BOOK SERIES PUBLISHED BY FARRAR, STRAUS AND CUDAHY
All of the following authors books are recommended for adults.
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