I love a good reading list. And it just so happens, putting one together is just as much fun as reading through one. For those interested, I have compiled a list of books, podcasts, and movies that have impacted me spiritually. This list is ecumenically minded, and hopefully will be of value to believers and non-believers, and Protestant and Catholics alike. I find the more voices I let in my life, even those that I don’t agree with, the more I learn and the more I find Him.
The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day
This was a recent read, and I’m not sure I have ever been so impacted by a book. It covers it all-social justice, politics, faith, community. C.S Lewis sums up how this book made me feel: “Friendship is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself..” You will gain a friend in heaven after reading this one.
A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken
This one will make you cry, but don’t let that keep you from reading it. This National Book Award Winner has stuck with me. It is Sheldon Vanauken’s memoir of his romance with his wife and their conversion to Christianity through their friendship with C.S. Lewis.
Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans
I also felt like I had a friend after reading this book. I may not have come to the some of the same conclusions as Rachel, but her struggles with faith, and the origins of some of those struggles, mirror my own.
Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It by Jennifer Fulwiler
I just love her. She is smart, funny, and honest in writing about her conversion to Christianity.
Chronicles of Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis
Can you tell I love C.S. Lewis yet? Yes, this is an entertaining, fictional series. But the last book of the series, The Last Battle, has significantly shaped how I view God.
Tattoos on the Heart by Father Gregory Boyle
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (Fiction)
Consoling the Heart of Jesus: A Do It Yourself Retreat by Fr. Michael Gaitly
Welcome Homeless by Alan Graham
Radical by David Platt
Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul by Tony Hendra (I give this one at least a PG-13 rating)
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Protestants and Catholics: What Can We Learn From Each Other by Dr. Peter Kreeft
Catholic Christianity by Dr. Peter Kreeft (Easy to read overview of Catholicism and Christianity in general)
Upside Down Podcast
http://www.upsidedownpodcast.com/-This is an ecumenical podcast where three Christian women have “unscripted conversations on spirituality, culture, and God’s Upside Down Kingdom.” Definitely my favorite podcast.
Catholic Stuff You Should Know
https://catholicstuffpodcast.com/– This was the very first podcast I listened to regularly. This group of priests is funny, intelligent, and sincere.
On Being with Krista Tippett
https://onbeing.org/– “The On Being Project is an independent non-profit public life and media initiative. We pursue deep thinking and social courage, moral imagination and joy, to renew inner life, outer life, and life together.”
The Catholic Feminist
https://www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/-“A podcast for Jesus-loving women who want to be inspired, involved, and intentional. Each week, we speak with women who are living out their faith in a radical, real way.”
This movie is about Archbishop Oscar Romero who was murdered in El Salvador in 1980. It is a true story about faith and courage and I cannot imagine anyone watching this movie and not being impacted. He has become one of my heroes and I am so excited about the announcement of his upcoming canonization. If you have Amazon Prime, this movie is free.
This Martin Scorsese film will make you uncomfortable and that’s the point. It is based on a true story about missionary priests to Japan when Christianity is outlawed. It brings up some extremely difficult, but important questions. This movie is also included with an Amazon Prime membership.
This is just an incredible true story of a true hero who refuses to compromise his beliefs.
If you have any questions about this list, would like more suggestions, or would like to recommend something to me, please feel free to contact me. This list is by no means exhaustive, and I didn’t include some of my favorites simply because they didn’t fit the theme, but I would be happy to share them if you ask. Happy reading, listening, and watching, my friends!