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I want to share a few books that helped me when I was returning to the Catholic faith. The first book really opened the Holy Bible to me. I never knew how to read the Old and New Testaments properly together until I read the book, “A Father Who Keeps His Promises” by Catholic theologian, Scott Hahn. After I read the book, I finally realized how the Holy Bible was truly a gigantic love-letter from God the Father to us written on the human heart of history. Truly, all the books by Scott Hahn are a treasure for the faith.

The other three books on the Gospel really helped me to encounter Jesus Christ in Holy Scripture. In the beginning, I was intimidated with how to read the Holy Bible, especially, the books of the Gospel. I really wanted to understand the Gospel, but I did not know how to read the parables and stories. So, these three books on the life of Jesus put the Gospel in plain language for me. I suggest them especially for new converts to the faith, as well as for anyone interested in a deeper understanding of the Gospel. Outside of mystical revelation, these three books are the best for encountering Jesus in the Holy Bible. They are written by two well-respected Catholic theologians of the 20th century and a well-known Catholic Archbishop. God bless!

Book Cover - A Father Who Keeps His Promises - God's Covenant in Scripture

Title: “A Father Who Keeps His Promises: God’s Covenant Love in Scripture”

Author: Scott Hahn

Publisher: Servant Books (March 12, 1998)

ISBN-10: 0892838299
ISBN-13: 978-0892838295

Summary: Hahn explores the “covenant love” God reveals to us through the Scriptures and explains how God patiently reaches out to us—despite our faults and shortcomings—to restore us into relationship with his divine family. Join Hahn as he follows the high adventure of God’s plan for the ages, beginning with Adam and Eve and continuing down through the generations to the coming of Christ and the birth of the Church. You’ll discover how the patient love of the Father revealed in the Bible is the same persistent love he has for you. A Servant Book. 294 pages.

Book Cover - To Know Christ Jesus

Title: “To Know Christ Jesus”

Author: Frank Sheed

Publisher: Ignatius Press (October 1, 1992)

ISBN-10: 0898704197
ISBN-13: 978-0898704198

Summary: This modern spiritual classic by Frank Sheed, the renowned author, publisher and lecturer, is brought back into print for the benefit of new generations of readers to develop a deeper, more profound knowledge of Jesus Christ. Sheed’s concern with the Gospels is to come to know Christ as he actually lived among us, interacted with all the various people he encountered from his infancy to his passion and death–the God-man who was like us in all things except sin. Sheed has tried especially to see Our Lord in his effect upon others–seeing how they saw him, trying to see why they saw him so. There is much about Mary and Joseph in their task of bringing up a baby who was literally adorable; about John the Baptist; about Mary of Bethany and Mary Magdalen; about Nicodemus; about people we meet only for a moment, like the man born blind and the owners of the drowned swine; and why the Pharisees, not only the worst of them but some of the best, would not accept Christ. Faith, doctrine, prayer, worship–all the content and consequences of Christian belief–rest on the person of Christ Jesus as recorded in the Gospels. In this classic study, Frank J. Sheed employs wide learning, theological sophistication, spiritual insight, and a lucid style to bring the reader to a personal encounter with the living Lord. To Know Christ Jesus has been justly called “one of the most satisfying studies of the Gospel ever made.” Frank J. Sheed had a distinguished career as a publisher, lecturer, street-corner evangelist, and popular writer. He and his wife Maisie Ward were the founders of the publishing house Sheed & Ward. His many books include Christ in Eclipse, What Difference Does Jesus Make?, Theology and Sanity, and A Map of Life. 399 pages.

Book Cover - Life of Christ

Title: “Life of Christ”

Author: Fulton J. Sheen

Publisher: Image Publishers (September 16, 1977)

ISBN-10: 0385132204
ISBN-13: 978-0385132206

Summary: Widely proclaimed a classic work of Christian faith, Life of Christ has been hailed as the most eloquent of Fulton J. Sheen’s many books. The fruit of many years of reflection, prayer, and research, it is a dramatic and moving recounting of the birth, life, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Christ, and a passionate portrait of the God-Man, the teacher, the healer, and, most of all, the Savior, whose promise has sustained humanity for two millenia.

With his customary insight and reverence, Sheen interprets the Scripture and describes Christ not only in historical perspective but also in exciting and contemporary terms — seeing in Christ’s life both modern parallels and timeless lessons. His thoughtful, probing analysis provides new insight into well-known Gospel events.

An appealing blend of philosophy, history, and biblical exegesis, from the best-known and most-loved American Catholic leader of the twentieth century, Life of Christ has long been a source of inspiration and guidance. For those seeking to better understand the message of Jesus Christ, this vivid retelling of the greatest story ever lived is a must-read. 476 pages.

Book Cover - The Lord

Title: “The Lord”

Author: Romano Guardini

Publisher: Gateway Publishers (September 1, 1996)

ISBN-10: 0895267144
ISBN-13: 978-0895267146

Summary: The only true and unedited telling of the life of Christ—his life and times, in historical context, but not lacking the psychology behind his physical being and spirit. Unlike other books seeking to strip Jesus’ story to reveal only the human being, Romano Guardini’s The Lord gives the complete story of Jesus Christ—as man, Holy Ghost, and Creator. Pope Benedict XVI lauds Guardini’s work as providing a full understanding of the Son of God, away from the prejudice that rationality engenders. Put long-held myths aside and discover the entire truth about God’s only begotten Son. 629 pages.