Fr. Bierbaum’s Spiritual Reading List

Updated: January 25, 2021

We have compiled a list of some of Fr. Bierbaum’s recommended books for parishioners. Links will direct you to the original publisher’s website (when available) or Amazon.com.

Books from Fr. Biebaum’s Homily on January 16, 2021

Watch the Homily:
https://youtu.be/RZGX5Mecxj8?t=1357
Books Referenced:
“Salvation: What Every Catholic Should Know,” Michael Patrick Barber
“Jacob’s Ladder: Ten Steps to Truth,” Peter Kreeft
“Back to Virtue: Traditional Moral Wisdom for Modern Moral Confusion,” Peter Kreeft
“Be Holy: A Catholic’s Guide to the Spiritual Life,” by Father Thomas Morrow
“The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation,” Rod Dreher


Bibles & Commentaries

Ignatius Bible, Revised Standard Version, 2nd Catholic Edition, Ignatius Press
The Didache Bible: With Commentaries Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Ignatius Press
“The Bible Is a Catholic Book,” Jimmy Akin

Essential Catholic Reading

Catechism of the Catholic Church
Introduction to Catholicism by Fr. James Socias 
“Salvation: What Every Catholic Should Know,” Michael Patrick Barber
“Jacob’s Ladder: Ten Steps to Truth,” Peter Kreeft
“Saved: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics,” Fr. Mitch Pacwa
“Hail, Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God,” Scott Hahn
“How to Be Holy: First Steps in Becoming a Saint,” Peter Kreeft
“Orthodoxy,” G.K. Chesterton
“Life of Christ,” Archbishop Fulton Sheen
“Handbook of Catholic Apologetics: Reasoned Answers to Questions of Faith,” Peter Kreeft and Fr. Ron Tacelli
“Confessions”, St. Augustine
“Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father,” Fr. Donald Calloway
“Daily Roman Missal,” Midwest Theological Forum, Fr. James Socias
“Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church,” Crocker, H.W., III
“Back to Virtue: Traditional Moral Wisdom for Modern Moral Confusion,” Peter Kreeft
“The Screwtape Letters,” C.S. Lewis

Spiritual Growth

“Be Holy: A Catholic’s Guide to the Spiritual Life,” by Father Thomas Morrow
“Divine Intimacy,” Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen
“In the School of the Holy Spirit,” Fr. Jacques Philippe
“Interior Freedom,” Fr. Jacques Philippe
“The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints,” Ralph Martin
“Frequent Confession: Its Place in the Spiritual Life,” Benedict Baur
“Manual for Spiritual Warfare,” Paul Thigpen
“Prayer Primer: Igniting a Fire Within,” Fr. Thomas Dubay
“Immortal Combat,” Fr. Dwight Longenecker
“How to Read Your Way to Heaven,” Vicki Burbach
“The Soul of The Apostolate,” Chautard, Dom Jean-Baptiste OCSO
“A Family Guide to Spiritual Warefare,” Kathleen Beckman
“In Conversation with God: Meditations for Each Day of the Year,” Francis Fernandez-Carvajal

Liturgy

“The Spirit of the Liturgy,” Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)
“The Lamb’s Supper,” Scott Hahn
“Letters on Liturgy,” Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Faith & Culture

“The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation,” Rod Dreher
“Rebuilding Catholic Culture,” Topping, Ryan N. S.
“Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life,” Archbishop Charles Chaput
“Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture,” Anthony Esolen
“The Snakebite Letters: Devilishly Devious Secrets for Subverting Society As Taught in Tempter’s Training School,” Peter Kreeft

Historical & Jewish Roots

“Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives,” Pope Benedict XVI
“Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration,” Pope Benedict XVI
“Jesus of Nazareth: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection,” Pope Benedict XVI

Marriage, Sexuality, and Vocations

“Defending Marriage: Twelve Arguments For Sanity,” Anthony Esolen
“To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood,” Brett A. Brannen
“Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love: Practical Insights from John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility,” Edward Sri
“Man Up! Becoming the New Catholic Renaissance Man,” Zimmerer, Jared and Cheryl Dickow , et al.

Parenting

“Made This Way,” Trent Horn
“Raising a Modern-Day Knight: A Father’s Role in Guiding His Son to Authentic Manhood,” Robert Lewis