Thursday, June 11, 2009

Books of Reasonable Price

I'm making an effort now to list the books of a theological nature I have read or am reading or will be reading in the not-too-distant future. The books are listed in reverse chronological order, with the most recently read (or rather, completed) books first.

Currently being read:
Next in the queue:
  • The Resurrection of the Body - Caroline Walker Bynum
  • Orthodoxy - G. K. Chesterton
  • Knowing Scripture - R. C. Sproul
  • Inviting Catholics Home - Sally L. Mews
  • Pagan Christianity - Frank Viola & George Barna
  • The Agony of Jesus - St. Padre Pio
  • Why Is That in Tradition? - Patrick Madrid
  • "I'm Not Being Fed!" - Jeff Cavins
  • How Not to Say Mass - Dennis C. Smolar
  • The Biblical Basis for the Catholic Faith - John Salza
  • Jesus in the House - Allan F. Wright [Thanks, Fr. Charlie!]
  1. The Lamb's Supper - Scott Hahn
  2. The Mass - Rev. Guy Oury
  3. Stolen Identity: The Conspiracy to Reinvent Jesus - Peter Jones
  4. The Practice of the Presence of God - Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection
  5. "I'm Not Being Fed!" - Jeff Cavins
  6. The Apostles - Pope Benedict XVI
  7. Faith of Our Fathers - Eamon Duffy
  8. An Abundance of Graces: Reflections on Sacrosanctum Concilium - Dr. Pamela Jackson
  9. Looking at the Liturgy - Fr. Aidan Nichols, O.P.
  10. The Children of Húrin - J. R. R. Tolkien (edited by Christopher Tolkien) [Thanks, Kristin!]
  11. By What Authority? An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition - Mark Shea [Thanks, Gretchen!]
  12. A New Commandment: Toward a Renewed Rite for the Washing of Feet - Peter Jeffery [Thanks, Emily!]
  13. In the Beginning - Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
  14. The Spirit of the Liturgy - Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger [Thanks, Adoremus!]
  15. The Spirit of the Liturgy - Romano Guardini
  16. The Mass of Early Christians - Matt Aquilina [Thanks, Kristin!]
  17. Loving and Living the Mass - Fr. Thomas Kocik
  18. The Reform of the Reform - Msgr. Klaus Gamber [Thanks, Shawn Tribe!]
  19. Reform of the Reform? - Fr. Thomas Kocik
  20. The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom
  21. C. S. Lewis and the Catholic Church - Joseph Pearce
  22. The Catholic Verses - Dave Armstrong
  23. By What Authority? - Richard R. Gaillardetz
  24. Perelandra - C. S. Lewis
  25. Out of the Silent Planet - C. S. Lewis
  26. The Narnia Chronicles - C. S. Lewis
  27. Till We Have Faces - C. S. Lewis
  28. The Weight of Glory - C. S. Lewis
  29. The Abolition of Man - C. S. Lewis
  30. The Great Divorce - C. S. Lewis
  31. The Problem of Pain - C. S. Lewis
  32. A Grief Observed - C. S. Lewis
  33. The Screwtape Letters - C. S. Lewis
  34. Mere Christianity - C. S. Lewis
  35. The Silmarillion - J. R. R. Tolkien
  36. The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
Gathering dust, waiting to be read:
  • Mary and the Fathers of the Church - Luigi Gambero
  • The Language of God - Francis S. Collins
  • Everlasting Man - G. K. Chesterton [Thanks, Kristin!]
  • Doors to the Sacred - Joseph Martos
  • A People Adrift - Peter Steinfels
  • Pensées - Blaise Pascal
  • The Divine Comedy - Dante Alighieri
  • Confessions - Saint Augustine of Hippo
  • The Pilgrim's Regress - C. S. Lewis
Books I'd like to acquire:
  • Introduction to the Scriptures - Scott Hahn
  • The Celebration of the Eucharist - Enrico Mazza
  • Eucharist through the Centuries - Rev. Roberto de la Vega
  • Unabridged Christianity - Mario P. Romero
  • The Mass: The Presence of the Sacrifice of the Cross - Charles Cardinal Journet
  • Ceremonies of the Eucharist - Howard Galley


Kristin said...

Augustine's Confessions are good. You'll enjoy them. Do you have a copy? I have that as well as City of God - you could borrow both. Same with Dante.

We seriously need to widen your repertoire. Fascinating though he is, C.S. Lewis is not the ONLY scholar out there. As I've said before, I think you're getting too much of your information from one source.

Weekend Fisher said...

Could I suggest a great read? Try Athanasius' On the Incarnation of the Word of God. Eusebius' History, also.

Say, what do you think of GKC's Orthodoxy so far?

Take care & God bless

japhy said...

I've actually been reading a lot of early Church literature for a project of mine (though it's not listed here), but it did not include those two works.

I'm actually only a couple pages into Orthodoxy, because of the project. I'll let you know when I'm a couple dozen pages in.

Amber said...

Looks similar to my own list in that it's long... but I'm such a slow reader, I'm not sure if I'll EVER finish my list!

Charlie said...

add to your reading list:
the Holy Father's new apostolic exhortation: "Sacramentum Caritatis" which you can dowload from

japhy said...

Thanks, Charlie. Duly noted and linked. I'd heard it was being translated, but I hadn't checked up on it again.

Gretchen said...

I would be afraid to have a list like yours! You are brave. Children of Hurin is great (according to my 15-year-old). I have The Lamb's Supper but haven't started it yet. I have "By What Authority: An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition", and "The Mass of the Early Christians." Highly recommend the latter. I have Orthodoxy,too, but haven't been able to get past the first few chapters (some other book always tempts me away). I liked The Pilgrim's Regress a lot, but then C. S. Lewis is my 'patron saint.'

japhy said...

gretchen, I think I heard of Aquilina's book through your blog (or maybe Amber's blog). I heard of Hahn's books through Tiber Jumper's blog (and the Bible Study at

I haven't sat down with Chesterton yet; after I get through all these pesky Vatican documents, perhaps I'll choose him next.

As for Lewis, I'd prefer to think of him as my "patron sinner". ;)

Gretchen said...

Hahaha! Okay, but that's true of just about every saint! I just enjoy sitting at the feet of Lewis, ever since I was a child.

preacherman said...

It has been a while since I last visited your blog. I have been sick. I have GBS which is neurological disease that effects your nerves. Somedays are good and some are bad. On the good days I ame going to try to post, read blog and comment when my fingers don't hurt. God is answering prayers though. I am getting better. I looks like you have been busy. Alot of reading and studying I see. Wow. I just posted a new post a few days ago on entertaining angels from Hebrews 13:2 "Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it." Would love to get add your thoughts if you like.

Oh, I was also wondering just on this blog if you like to respond to it. Do you know much about the Stigmata? I was in the hospital and this man prayed for me. The next day my hand hurt. On my thumb was the scratchings of a shape of cross. Just wondering what you think. Respond here please because. I get people from my faith who aren't opened to that way of thinking, yet. I hope you understand.

Again, love for you stop by my blog anytime. I am glad to see you busy. Remember to make quiet time Jesus!

Your brother,
Your encourager,

japhy said...

Preacherman, I apologize for not keeping up with your blog lately. I did some blog-roll pruning after I got back from my honeymoon, and I haven't even been keeping up with the ones I kept all that well. I've put you back on, and I'll make a better effort to participate in your comment box.

I remember the ordeal you went through several months ago, and I checked your blog regularly to watch for news of your recovery. I am sorry to hear that you are still suffering. It is important to remember that Jesus sanctified suffering, so that it has meaning and purpose for us.

As for the Stigmata, it is a very particular phenomenon, one I have never personally witnessed, but which has been attested to for the past eight centuries (the first occurrence noted was in the early 1200's, received by Saint Francis of Assisi). Regarding your scratches, it is possible they were received in an ordinary fashion, but I am not an authority on the matter.

For further reading, you can see the Catholic Encyclopedia's entry on Mystical Stigmata.

preacherman said...

Thanks Japhy I appreciate your response on that very much.

Moonshadow said...

C.S. Lewis is not the ONLY scholar out there.

Sorry to disagree but one can never read too much Lewis!

Knowing Scripture - R. C. Sproul

Sproul is, you likely know, in some degree, a preterist.

To what degree he is - he claims one thing for himself and his critics charge him with another - and to what degree his preterism comes through in this book, I can't say.

If you also are a preterist of significant degree, then fine.

But if you are not, just be aware of Sproul's position because he may influence your reading of Scripture in unanticipated ways.


preacherman said...

Sounds like you have a great library when you get done. :-)

I love reading C.S. Lewis.
Looks like you have read a lot of him.
I also like A.W. Tozer especailly the "Pursuit of God."
I hope you have a wonderful Good Friday and Easter weekend.
In Him,
Kinney Mabry