A Summer Reading List

I promised to give my current RCIA class a summer reading list.  Then, I apparently mentally went on summer vacation and did nothing.

So here are a few things I find worthwhile.  This list is not comprehensive, and it’s not intended to be catechetical.  They are just things I think are good, reflective of how we live a Catholic life, and that you might enjoy or find interesting.  But you might look at them and say, “ugh!”

Blogs:
ConversionDiary.com — an atheist turns Catholic.  The blog no longer is a conversion story, but rather just stuff about life from a Catholic perspective, although you can find her conversion story in the archives.  I found this post funny.
Blog.adw.org — Msgr. Charles Pope writes a daily reflection about spirituality and the church in relation to the world.  Can’t recommend this one highly enough.
CanterburyTales.com — Taylor Marshall is a convert from Anglicanism.
TeamWhitaker.org — Kathryn Whitaker (no relation), a convert to Catholicism, writes about life in her family.  Her parents came into the church this past Easter.
StacyTrasancos.com — Stacy Trasancos, Ph.D. is a chemist turned homemaker and joyful Baptist convert to Catholicism who is currently pursuing an MA in Theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary.  She writes about science.  Those of you who are scientists should thoroughly enjoy this blog.

Books:
Rome Sweet Home by Scott & Kimberly Hahn.  An anti-Catholic Presbyterian minister becomes a Catholic and an apologist and professor at a top Catholic college.

Apologia Pro Vita Sua by John Henry Newman.  Newman was a leading cleric in the Church of England whose study leads him to the conclusion that the Roman Catholic Church is the authentic church of the apostles.  He converts, and is eventually named a Cardinal.  This is his explanation of what it was about Catholicism that he found compelling and what he found so terribly lacking in Anglicanism.

Atheist to Catholic:  11 Stories of Conversion.  The title says it all.

Crossing the Tiber by Steve Ray.  An evangelical Christian’s improbable journey to the historic church.

Free CDs, Downloads
Scott Hahn produced a free CD of his conversion story for the Mary Foundation.  You can access it here.

About Joel Whitaker

Joel Whitaker is a long-time professional journalist (Tampa Bay Times, Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Bulletin, Institutional Investor, executive newsletters) and Catholic convert. He is the RCIA coordinator for his parish.
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