I haven’t read any of these yet, and I don’t know how soon I’ll get to them or in what order. (Then Lent titles probably get top billing, but…we’ll see.)

The blurbs included below are from the back covers or from other book information and not my own, except as marked in italics.

The Catholic Briefcase: Tools for Integrating Faith and Work, by Randy Hain

The only book on this list that I’ve started, though I’m only just past the introduction as I type this. Randy Hain calls on us to examine our priorities, evaluate our lives, assess our values, and–ultimately–answer the question: “Am I faithfully living the call to be a good Christian and a light for Christ?”


At the Heart of the Gospel: Reclaiming the Body for the New Evangelization, by Christopher West

The sexual revolution brought a terribly disoriented vision of the body and sex into the mainstream. How should Christians respond? West leads us into the depth of Christ’s “nuptial union” with the Church, demonstrating how authentic Catholic teaching on the body and sex saves us from both the libertine perspective of popular culture and the cold puritanism that has sometimes infected Christianity. In the process, West provides a blueprint for reaching our sexually broken world in the “new evangelization.”

Dragon’s Tooth: Ashtown Burials #1, by N.D. Wilson

The only fiction on this list. In this first installment of the middle-grade series, Wilson brings his unique voice and vision to the story of two siblings’ discovery of a secret order of explorers and their legacy within the ancient society of Ashtown. It is a story that will take readers on a journey of mythic proportions.


Come My Beloved: Inspiring Stories of Catholic Courtship, edited by Ellen Gable Hrkach and Kathy Cassanto

I’m LONG overdue on reading this one, to which I am a contributor. This compilation contains 12 courtship/dating stories which will inspire, captivate and entertain readers. What all the stories illustrate is that God is the ideal matchmaker.


Extreme Makeover: Women Transformed by Christ Not Conformed to the Culture, by Teresa Tomeo

Tomeo pulls together the latest research on social behavior and trends in order to demonstrate that women are harming themselves and their chances for true happiness by adopting the thoroughly modern, sexually liberated lifestyle portrayed in magazines and movies. Packed with not only persuasive statistics but also powerful personal testimonies.

How about you? What’s on YOUR reading list?