One Book + One Diocese

The Office for Evangelization regularly suggests good Catholic books as a kind of Catholic book club. Individuals are invited to read the book and parishes are encouraged to have study groups.

Current Selection

Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World
by Archbishop Charles Chaput

This book is an insightful exploration of living in a society in moral free fall, facing critical challenges to right living and justice in such areas as economics, education, the handing on of the faith, marriage, sexual behavior and "gender identity," and the decline of family and community. As people of hope, Catholics are called to be leaven in the dough of a culture resistant to rising. A great read for Catholics today!

Past One Book + One Diocese selections include:

The Urgency of the New Evangelization by Ralph Martin

Discover a renewed urgency and growing enthusiasm for sharing the Gospel with those in your life, both non-believers and those who are no longer practicing their faith.

Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales

This book genuinely represents our desire to lead a devout and holy life, how we should approach God in prayer and the Sacraments, the practice of 16 important virtues, how to resist temptations and be firm in our practice of devotion.  An online study guide is available at         

Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living, by Fr. Timothy Gallagher.

This book provides amazing insights on how to “be aware, understand and take action” when experiencing various movements in prayer and daily life. For related podcasts and resources check out: mothy-gallagher

by Neal Lozano

Neal Lozano's book, Unbound: A Practical Guide to Deliverance, is an excellent read for continued spiritual growth. This book has helped many to overcome fears, spiritual battles, sins, and anxieties. For groups interested in using this title as a book study Unbound Lincoln, an extension of the Office of Evangelization, is happy to recommend book study leaders. Simply contact the Office of Evangelization at 402-473-0615. For more information about this book or the Unbound Ministry in general check out:

The World's First Love 
by Fulton J. Sheen

In this book Sheen presents the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary offering insights into her life and ours at every turn. It is especially for everyone who wants to grow in his or her devotion to Mary by seeing more clearly her maternal love for us. 

The Confessions
by St. Augustine (suggested translation by Frank Sheed, 2nd edition)
This book has helped shape the lives of countless people in history and is perfect for the Year of Mercy. In his Confessions, St. Augustine reflects upon his life in the light of scripture and the presence of God.  The work presents a wonderful contrast between the Holy God and a sinful man who has joyfully received God's loving salvation and mercy.

Rediscover Jesus
by Matthew Kelly

This book is intended to inspire readers to encounter Jesus in an entirely new way. It is the sequel to Kelly’s 2002 Rediscover Catholicism. In it Matthew offers forty reflections each of which take only a few minutes to read. At the end of each section he offers points and questions for consideration and a short prayer. This book is good for both individual reading as well as group study.  Click Here for more information, a preview, and parish resources for using this book.

Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic
by Matthew Kelly
Includes six easy to read chapters filled with practical steps for becoming a more engaged Catholic. Presents a simple formula for holiness used by many canonized saints. The chapter summaries provide an easy reference to refer back to in the future. And there is plenty of thought-provoking content to provide a basis for stimulating group discussions.

Prayer Primer : Igniting a Fire Within
by Fr. Thomas DuBay
Deepen your prayer life.  Review the elements of Christian prayer, enjoy the rich Catholic Tradition on ways of communicating with and knowing God, build confidence in how to pray, when to pray, where to pray, and learn practical tips about prayer in the family and praying within the context of a busy schedule.

The Year of Faith: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics
by Fr. Mitch Pacwa
Pope Benedict XVI called for a Year of Faith from October 2012 to November 2013. Fr. Mitch Pacwa leads Catholics to a deeper understanding of Pope Benedict's call. Enjoy insights from Sacred Scripture and Church Tradition guiding us to bolster our understanding of the faith through personal spiritual growth, conversion, and following Jesus Christ more closely.

Kateri Tekakwitha: Mohawk Maiden
by Evelyn M. Brown
St. Kateri Teckakwitha, known as the "Lily of the Mohawks", is the first Native American to be canonized a Saint. Read about her conversion and a life dedicated to prayer, penitential practices, and care for the sick and aged. Although she suffered greatly for her faith, she remained firm in her devotion to the Eucharist and to Jesus Crucified before she died at the age of twenty-four.

Confession: Five Sentences That Will Heal Your Life: Rediscover the Sacrament of Reconciliation
by Dr. Tom Curran with Tracey Rockwell
This this edifying and motivational book begins with the simple concept of recognizing ourselves as sinners—that is, seeing ourselves like the blind and the deaf who were healed by Jesus and who are every bit as much in need of His healing touch. And that, Dr. Curran proposes, is the prescription for us all: Be healed!

unPlanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line
by Abby Johnson (Ignatius Press Edition)
This true story of a young lady who worked for Planned Parenthood for eight years, believing she was helping women, until her mind and heart were converted after a series of events, including the witnessing of an abortion.

A Life with Karol: My Forty-Year Friendship with the Man Who Became Pope
by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz
From this pseudo-biography, the reader gains insight into the private man who took center stage as a popular and active modern-day pope. Cardinal Dziwisz servers as the editor of a narration about Blessed Pope John Paul II by Gian Franco Svidercoschi, covering the major events of Karol's life in Poland and his years serving as pope in the Vatican.

The Mass: Four Encounters with Jesus that will Change Your Life
by Dr. Tom Curran
A great study of the Mass with 5 chapters and Study Guide, just 125 pages and affordable. A good preparation for the new translation of the Roman Missal, this reflection on what happens at Mass would be a good start in growing in appreciation for the Mass.

The New Age Counterfeit
by Johnnette Benkovic
"A Study Guide for Individual of Group Use" offering 13 brief lessons to understand the New Age Movement and its variety of beliefs and programs that often mask its anti-Christian and even demonic elements.

The Diary of a Country Priest
by Georges Bernanos
This selection in honor of the Year for Priests provides entertaining insights into priestly life, especially the challenges it poses. This Catholic novel is a moving story of a young French country priest that allows the reader to share in his joys and sorrows. This imaginary diary is so realistic in its presentation that the reader is moved to compassion toward the story’s main character.

Treasure in Clay
by The Most Rev. Fulton J. Sheen
Learn about America’s favorite television personality and religion teacher as Archbishop Sheen shares the joys and challenges of his priestly and episcopal ministry in his own words.

The Cure of Ars: The Priest Who Out-talked the Devil
by Milton Lomask
For the “Year for Priests”, learn more about St. John Vianney, Patron Saint of Priests. An easy-to-read historical novel about a great 19th Century French saint.

Left to Tell
by Immaculee Ilibagiza
Discovering God amidst the Rwandan holocaust.

St. Paul: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics
by Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
A great tool for individual or group study to honor the Year of St. Paul. Each of the six chapters includes study questions, chapter exercises and a reading checklist. At just 90 pages long and it is very easy to read. Treat yourself, and perhaps a friend as well.

Sword of the Spirit: A Beginner's Guide to St. Paul
by Christopher Cuddy and Mark Hart
In honor of the Year of St. Paul, this book is ideal for both teens or adults, individuals or groups to understanding Catholic doctrine in Paul’s writings, with an outline of his epistles, missionary journeys and themes.

The Virtue Driven Life
by Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R.
Rediscover virtue as it should be understood in our modern lives. The popular Franciscan Friar of the Renewal charming conversational style and entertaining wit challenges us even as he educates.

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