ex libris


A Latin phrase that literally means “out of the library of,” ex libris is used here to designate a collection of some of our favorite works related to our Turning to God’s Word Catholic Bible studies, as well as some books about general Catholic topics.  You can click on any bookshelf below to read brief reviews and short excerpts from all of the works listed.

We hope that you’ll find ex libris helpful. Please contact us if you’d like to recommend a book to add to our collection.

lectio divina bookshelf

The Coming of God  by Maria Boulding
Deep Conversion / Deep Prayer  by Thomas Dubay, S.M.
Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word: Volume One  by Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis
Happiness and Contemplation  by Josef Pieper
How to Pray with the Bible: The Ancient Form of Lectio Divina Made Simple  by Karl A Schultz
Praying the Scriptures  by Demetrius Dumm, O.S.B.
Praying the Word: An Introduction to Lectio Divina  by Enzo Bianchi
Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina  by Michael Casey
Praying the Bible: An Introduction to Lectio Divina  by Mariano Magrassi, O.S.B.

Rosary bookshelf

Mary and the Fathers of the Church: The Blessed Virgin Mary in Patristic Thought  by Luigi Gambero, S.M.
Fathers of the Church on Mary  by Marco Pappalardo
Mary: Mirror of the Church  by Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M.
Mary: The Second Eve  by Blessed John Henry Newman
Mysteries of the Virgin Mary: Living Our Lady’s Graces  by Peter John Cameron, O.P.
Theotokos: Woman, Mother, Disciple  by Pope St. John Paul II

magisterial documents about the Rosary

Rosarium Virginis Mariae  The Rosary of the Virgin Mary (October 16, 2002)
Redemptoris Mater  The Mother of the Redeemer (March 25, 1987)
Marialis Cultus  Devotion to Mary (February 2, 1974)
Christi Matri  Mother of Christ (September 15, 1966)
Grata Recordatio  With Joyful Recollection (September 26, 1959)
Ingruentium Malorum  In the Face of Approaching Evils (September 15, 1951)
Ingravescentibus Malis  Ever-Growing Evils (September 29, 1937)
Diuturni Temporis  Through the Eternity of Time (September 5, 1898)
Augustissimae Virginis Maria  The Most August Virgin Mary (September 12, 1897)
Fidentem Piumque Animum  On the Rosary (September 20, 1896)
Adiutricem  Mightiest Helper (September 5, 1895)
Iucunda Semper Expectatione  Always with Joyful Expectation (September 8, 1894)
Laetitiae Sanctae  Of Holy Praise (September 8, 1893)
Magnae Dei Matris  The Great Mother of God (September 8, 1892)
Octobri Mense  The Month of October (September 22, 1891)
Vi E Ben Noto To You It Is Known (September 20, 1890)
Superiore Anno  Last Year (August 30, 1884)
Supremi Apostolatus Officio  The Supreme Apostolic Office (September 1, 1883)

faith bookshelf

The Art of Faith: A Guide to Understanding Christian Images  by Judith Couchman
Faith and Certitude  by Thomas Dubay, S.M.
Faith Hope Love  by Josef Pieper
Fundamentals of the Faith: Essays in Christian Apologetics  by Peter Kreeft
Seeking God’s Will Through Faith, Hope & Charity  by Philip Schuster, O.S.B.

two recent magisterial documents about faith

Porta Fidei  Door of Faith (October 11, 2011)
Fides et Ratio  Faith and Reason (September 14, 1998)

Catechism bookshelf

Exploring the Catechism  by Jane E. Regan with Michael P. Horan, Timothy Backous, O.S.B., Francis Kelly Nemeck, O.M.I., and Maria Theresa Coombs
Introduction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church  by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Christoph Cardinal Schonborn
The Love That Never Ends: A Key to the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  by J. Augustine DiNoia, O.P., Gabriel O’Donnell, O.P., Romanus Cessario, O.P., and Peter John Cameron, O.P.