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Recommended Supplemental Reading

Below you will find a list of recommended Catholic books meant to supplement the Alpha sessions with richness of our Catholic faith.  

- List compiled by Deacon Mike Bickerstaff

  St. Peter Chanel, Roswell, GA

Episode 1

Is There More to Life Than This?

The God Who Loves You: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Peter Kreeft, Ignatius Press, 2004

The Rhythm of Life: Living Everyday with Passion & Purpose

Matthew Kelly, Beacon Publishing 2015, 3rd Edition

Amazing Grace for the Catholic Heart: 101 Stories of Faith, Hope, Inspiration & Humor

Jeff Cavins, Matthew Pinto and Patti Armstrong, Ascension Press 2004

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Episode 2

Who is Jesus?

Jesus Shock

Peter Kreeft, St. Augustine’s Press, 2008

The Man Christ Jesus: How the Lord Looked, Acted, Prayed and Loved

(Cardinal) Giacomo Biffi, Sophia Institute Press, 2008

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Episode 3

Why Did Jesus Die?

The Drama of Salvation: How God Rescues You from Your Sins and Delivers You to Eternal Life

Jimmy Akin, Catholic Answers Press, 2015

Jesus Christ: Source of Our Salvation

Michael Pennock, Ave Maria Press, 2011


Episode 4

How Can I Have Faith?

Why We’re Catholic: Our Reasons for Faith, Hope and Love

Trent Horn, Catholic Answers Press, 2017

No Greater Love

Mother Teresa, New World Library, 2002 edition

Mere Christianity

C. S. Lewis, HarperOne, 2015


Episode 5

Why and How Do I Pray?

Prayer for Beginners

Dr. Peter Kreeft, Ignatius Press, 2000

The Art of Praying: The Principles and Methods of Christian Prayer

Romano Guardini, Sophia Institute Press, 1995


Episode 6

Why and How Should I

Read the Bible?

You Can Understand the Bible: A Practical and Illuminating Guide to Each Book in the Bible

Dr. Peter Kreeft, Ignatius Press, 2005

Walking With God: A Journey Through the Bible

Tim Gray and Jeff Cavins, Ascension, 2018

The Bible Compass: A Catholic’s Guide to Navigating the Scriptures

Edward Sri, Ascension, 2009


Episode 7

How Does God Guide Us?

The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living

Timothy M Gallagher O.M.V., The Crossroad Publishing Company, 2005

Authenticity: A Biblical Theology of Discernment

Thomas Dubay S.M., Ignatius, 1997


Episode 8

Who is the Holy Spirit?

Episode 9

What Does the Holy Spirit Do?

Episode 10

How Can I Be Filled with the Holy Spirit?

True Devotion to the Holy Spirit

Luis M. Martinez, Sophia Institute Press, 2008


Episode 11

How Can I Make the

Most of the Rest of My Life?

Living the Mass: How One Hour a Week  Can Change Your Life

Dominic Grassi and Joe Paprocki, Loyola Press, 2011

Before I Go: Letters to Our Children About What Really Matters

Dr. Peter Kreeft, Sheed and Ward, 2007


Episode 12

How Can I Resist Evil?

Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer

Thomas Dubay S.M., Ignatius, 2006

Called to Holiness: What it Means to Encounter the Living God

Ralph Martin, Ignatius Press, 1999

Back to Virtue: Traditional Moral Wisdom for Modern Moral Confusion

Dr. Peter Kreeft, Ignatius Press, 1992


Episode 13

How and Why Should I Tell Others?

How to Share Your Faith With Anyone: A Practical Manual for Catholic Evangelization

Terry Barber, Ignatius Press, 2013

Evangelizing Catholics: A Mission Manual for the New Evangelization

Scott Hahn, Our Sunday Visitor, 2014

Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus

Sherry Weddell, Our Sunday Visitor, 2012

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Episode 14

Does God Heal Today?

Miracles Do Happen: God Can Do the Impossible

Briege McKenna O.S.C., Servant; Thirteenth Printing edition (January 15, 2002)

Exploring the Miraculous

Michael O'Neill, Our Sunday Visitor, 2015


Episode 15

What About the Church?

Catechism of the Catholic Church: Paragraphs 748 – 975, Second Edition, 1997

United States Catholic Catechism for Adults,

USCCB, 9th Printing, 2012

Holy Bible 

New American Bible, Revised Standard Version 2nd Catholic Edition, or other Catholic translation

United States Catholic Catechism for Adu

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