Christianity in Three Books

Taking up the challenge (It’s like Jeopardy: follow the link to find out what question I’m answering is) . . .

1.  The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.

Christianity writ large.  You want to understand Christian spirituality, this is your book.

2. Handbook of Christian Apologetics by Kreeft & Tacelli. 

You can’t learn everything about the faith by reading apologetics, but you can sure learn a lot.  If you actually want to know what folks believe and why they believe it, a book of this nature is as useful as anything, and usually more fun than a straight reference book.

3. The book of your choice.  A few that come to mind, pick any one, or a different one:

  • Happy Catholic by Julie Davis.
  • Who is Jesus Christ? by Eric Sammons.
  • Catholicism Pure & Simple by Fr. Dwight Longenecker.
  • Why Enough is Never Enough by Gregory S. Jeffry.
  • Anything by Chesterton or Knox or Mark Shea.
  • Theology for Beginners by Frank Sheed.
  • Something by Tolkein, or one of the Narnia books from CS Lewis.
  • Something written by a pope.
  • Something written by a saint.
  • A Bible or catechism, hey, why not? Maybe it’s against the rules, I didn’t read them all.
  • Some other book.

You really don’t need three books.  But you get three, so you might as well pick something you like.

About Jennifer Fitz

Jennifer Fitz is the author of Classroom Management for Catechists, and vice president of the Catholic Writers Guild. In addition to her pile of Catholic writing for Patheos, you can find her at CatholicMom.com, New Evangelizers, and Amazing Catechists. When she isn't blogging, teaching, or complaining about something, she likes to play outside.


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