When I first discovered Catholicism on Catholic Answers, I devoured the faith like a madwoman. I didn’t know any serious Catholics, so my source of learning was basically the internet and books. Whenever someone recommended a book, I immediately went on Amazon and purchased it. I happened to have Amazon Prime at the time (and still do), so I received my orders in two days.
People have commented to me that I have a strong faith. It’s not that I have a strong faith per se. I have my ups and downs like everyone else. However, I do have a solid foundation. When I was converting, I didn’t get to experience the loosey-goosey, hippie faith we see in many Catholic dioceses. I actually didn’t do RCIA. I ended up learning the faith through one-on-one instruction with an FSSP priest. I learned the faith the right way. Scriptures tell us that if you build your house upon sand, the wind and rain will come and wash it away. But if you build your house upon a rock, though the Tornadoes and hurricanes may come, it will stand firm.
I have not taken the time to write reviews on these recommended books for a catechumen, because it would take too much time.
I sorted them into four categories: Bibles, Catechisms & the Basics of the Faith, Lives of the Saints and Spiritual Reading.
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I can say that each and every one of them contributed to who I am in the faith today, in some small way.
I hope this list can give you ideas on what to recommend to your friends who are considering converting to the Catholic faith.
Converts, which books helped you build your faith?
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Catechisms & the Basics of the Faith
Lives of the Saints
This last book was released fairly recently, so it wasn’t around when I converted, but if you are interested in the spiritual life I highly recommend it!
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This article was originally posted in 2016 and updated in 2020.