7 SECRETS BOOK SERIES

Author: Vinny Flynn is Executive Director of MercySong Ministries of Healing. He is a gifted musician, speaker, and writer, and his powerful teachings on Divine Mercy, the Sacraments, and the Father’s love have made him a popular speaker at parish missions, conferences, and retreats. He is able to write about these most profound mysteries of the faith in a simple style understandable to all.

7 Secrets of Divine Mercy

This book is drawn from Scripture, the teachings of the Church, and the Diary of St. Faustina to reveal the heart of Divine Mercy. The author invites us, with a road map, so that Divine Mercy, the overflow of love from the Holy Trinity, can transform our life. This book is for people who want their entire relationship with God revitalized.  Your prayer life and your approach to God will be transformed.

COST: $19 (includes shipping and sales tax)

7 Secrets of the Eucharist

This book will change the limited understanding most people have of the Eucharist.  You will walk away with a completely new awareness that this powerful sacrament is not just about receiving communion, it’s about transforming your daily life.  Deeply based on Scriptures, the writings of the saints, and the teaching of the two most recent popes, this profound and remarkably readable book will open your mind to some of the hidden truths of the Eucharist, mainly that the Eucharist is a representation of Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary and the meaning of Christ’s real presence on the altar.

COST: $14 (includes shipping and sales tax)

7 Secrets of Confession

In this book, Pope Francis tells us that confession is much more than “going to the dry cleaners.” It’s “an encounter with Jesus, who waits for us as we are.”  The author explores the hidden truths of this encounter with Jesus, presenting what to many will be a whole new way of going to confession. We are invited to begin an exciting, personal journey to healing and holiness.

COST: $17 (includes shipping and sales tax)

BIBLES

The New American Bible, Revised Edition

The “New American Bible”, Revised Edition, is a translation of the Bible which includes a brief introduction to each book in the Bible, a preface to the Old Testament and New Testament, and extensive notes and cross-references on each page to help the reader delve deeper into God’s Word. With revised Psalms and New Testament, this revised edition offers readers a translation faithful to the original languages of the text and appealing to the contemporary English-speaking reader. Exterior features include: a soft burgundy leather cover, gold embossing, and gilt edges as well as a ribbon to bookmark your place. Inside features include: seven newly designed full-color maps of biblical places and journeys; two color print (black and burgundy) for easy reading; plus side tabs to distinguish the different books of the Bible.  (1,971 pages)

Cost: $21 (includes postage and sales tax)

Pocket-sized New Testament

The “Pocket-sized New Testament”, Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition is the thinnest (about ¼ inch) and smallest (3×5 inches) pocket New Testament in the RSVCE translation. Despite smaller print it is easily readable and has a ribbon to bookmark your place. The cover is simulated leather in burgundy. (666 pages)

Cost: $19 (includes postage and sales tax)

SPIRITUAL BOOKS ON AGING

God Isn’t Finished With Me Yet

This book shows how Ignatian prayer and discernment offer those in later life a path to discovering previously unknown vocations and new ways of living and being of service.  The reader discovers the spiritual graces of later life.  (114 pages)

Cost: $17 (includes postage and sales tax)

Author: Barbara Lee is a practicing spiritual director who lives in New York City.  She is a retired attorney, a former U.S. magistrate judge and a long serving member of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. 

Don’t Call Me Old – I’m Just Awakening

This book guides the reader to the spiritual needs of aging.  The author highlights how aging can become a vibrant, fulfilling stage of life.  It gives us tools to unclutter our lives, focus on the meaningful and find roles that will satisfy body and soul. (180 pages)

Cost: $21 (includes postage and sales tax)

Author: Marsha Sinetar began her professional life as a primary teacher, moved through the ranks of public education as an English teacher, then a K-5 Principal, soon a consultant for both local and State projects, designing curriculum for individualized instruction and Mentally Gifted Minors.

In 1980 she left the public sector to start Sinetar & Associates, Inc., customizing leadership programs for senior management of multinational, Fortune 500 corporations. Concurrently with her private sector work she began writing, and is the author of numerous business articles, over 20 books (including children’s books), and a growing number of professional Monographs and recordings.

In 2000 Sinetar redesigned her life again toward a simpler, more contemplative schedule and began a small R & D arm and Archive related to her lifelong love with what she calls “the  true learning”~ actualizing the spiritual wholeness we are created to be.

Aging Gracefully – Growing In Faith

The first section of this book offers reflections on many issues related to aging, often followed by a prayer.  The second section of the book offers prayers and Scriptures covering a variety of needs and concerns often experienced by older adults.  The good news is, God understands and has a plan! (191 pages, leather cover)

Cost: $9 (includes postage and sales tax)

PERSONAL GROWTH/MOTIVATIONAL/TEENS BOOKS

A Teen’s Game Plan For Life

Lou Holtz urges teens to reach their full potential by following his game plan. This common-sense message is for teens to name their goals in life and then reach those goals. Understanding that teens need guidance and support, Holtz provides specific, reflective, inspiring steps for success in life. He shares his personal experiences to encourage teens to be the best they can be. (118 pages)

Cost: $16 (includes postage and sales tax)

Author: Lou Holtz is best known as the football coach for Notre Dame University (11 seasons) as well as five other universities for a total of 33 seasons. He is also a popular motivational speaker and author of seven books. He has received a number of honors for his philanthropy and will shortly receive the Medal of Freedom.

Three Rules For Living A Good Life

Lou Holtz shares a message for living that is genuine, sensible, easy to remember, and impossible to forget: Do what is right; Do everything to the best of your ability; Show people you care. This sometimes humorous, and always practical formula for recent college graduates and other young adults will help them reach success in their business, personal, and spiritual lives. (hardcover, 73 pages)

Cost: $21 (includes postage and sales tax)

Author: Lou Holtz is best known as the football coach for Notre Dame University (11 seasons) as well as five other universities for a total of 33 seasons. He is also a popular motivational speaker and author of seven books. He has received a number of honors for his philanthropy and will shortly receive the Medal of Freedom.

Helping Teens With Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Roy Petitfils offers his personal experience, advice, and faith to give parents, pastors, and youth leaders the knowledge, courage, and tools they need to step in, make a difference, and be the presence of Christ for teens in crises. Petitfils not only outlines the challenges we face while helping young souls but also provides a practical road map for anyone to help and guide teens who are struggling. (136 Pages)

Cost: $20 (includes postage and sales tax)

Author: Roy Petitfils is a Catholic author, speaker, and psychotherapist in private practice. He has more than twenty-five years of experience ministering to youth and young adults in parishes, dioceses, and schools. He has spoken to youth and adults in more than twenty-five dioceses in the United States and Canada and has given keynote addresses at numerous national and regional conferences. Petitfils did graduate work in spirituality and theology and earned a Master’s Degree in community and school counseling.

BOOK ON IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY
Books that deepen your growth in Ignatian Spirituality by continuing and reinforcing your retreat experience away from Loyola.

Reimagining The Ignatian Examen

St. Ignatius believed that praying the Examen will lead to a better life. The 500 year old daily practice of honest self-assessment and reflection is a founding principle of Ignatian Spirituality. In ten minutes you can tailor your daily prayer practice to fit your personal needs. The Loyola bookstore has sold more than 200 Examen books over the years.

Cost: $17 (includes postage and sales tax)

Author: Mark E. Thibodeaux, S.J. serves as novice director for Jesuits in formation and is an acknowledged expert on the topic of prayer and discernment.

A Friendship Like No Other (2008)

This was a spiritual book club selection at Loyola.  Fr. Bill offers powerful exercises to help convince the reader that God wants your friendship. The book offers reflections on experiencing the presence of God and discerning those experiences. Brief, personal meditations are woven throughout.

Cost: $19 (includes postage and sales tax)

Author:  William “Bill” A. Barry, SJ gives spiritual direction and retreats and is the author of 15 books.  He has the rare ability to present complex spiritual issues in clear well-written prose.

Praying The Truth (2012)

This book examines how and why we can approach God, at any time and with any problem, in complete honesty.  While acknowledging that we may fear God’s reaction when revealing our most intimate truths, Fr. Barry reminds us that God’s love is unconditional. We can expect to find glorious freedom when we release to God the secrets we are holding back. Our relationships with God and with others can be utterly transformed.  This book is highly recommended by Fr. Tom at Loyola.  The Loyola bookstore has sold over 100 in the last two years.

Cost: $19 (includes postage and sales tax)

Author:  William “Bill” A. Barry, SJ gives spiritual direction and retreats and is the author of 15 books.  He has the rare ability to present complex spiritual issues in clear well-written prose.

An Invitation To Love (2018)

This book provides a practical and adaptable sequence of prayer sessions on the great commandment of the Christian faith: to love God and love our neighbor. All other aspects of a healthy and hopeful life grow from our practices of love.  When we experience God’s love for us, we can respond with a growing love for God.  Loving God will transform us into people who can love our neighbors, too, whoever they are. 

Cost: $19 (includes postage and sales tax)

Author:  William “Bill” A. Barry, SJ gives spiritual direction and retreats and is the author of 15 books.  He has the rare ability to present complex spiritual issues in clear well-written prose.

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR VIRTUAL 8-WEEK SPIRITUAL EXERCISES SERIES STARTING SEPT. 9
Marie Santana, an Adjunct Retreat Director at Loyola Jesuit Center, and Fr. Kirk Reynolds, S.J. are presenting an 8-week series titled, “The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola” starting September 9, 2020.  During the series Marie will reference materials in the following two books which she highly recommends whether or not you participate in the series.

God’s Voice Within

Many of us don’t trust our own thoughts, feelings, and desires when it comes to discerning God’s will.  Instead we look outside ourselves to determine what God wants from and for us.  God’s Voice Within shows us how to access our own spiritual intuition and helps us understand that the most trustworthy wisdom of all comes not from outside sources, but from God working through us. 

The author thoughtfully explains, in clear and easily understood language how to move from discerning spirits to making decisions consistent with God’s will for our lives.  By learning to discern what is at the root of our actions and emotions, we are well prepared to respond to God’s promptings inside us rather than unconsciously reacting to life around us. (230 pages)

Cost: $19 (includes postage and sales tax)

Author: Mark E. Thibodeaux, S.J. serves as novice director for Jesuits in formation and is an acknowledged expert on the topic of prayer and discernment.

Love: A Guide For Prayer

In this book the authors provide an opportunity for people to grow deeper in their relationship with God through prayerful focus on the topic of love as defined in God’s Word.  Covering 36 days over a six-week period, each day offers scriptural passages with commentary, followed by a suggested approach to prayer for that day.  Various types of prayer-meditation, contemplation, centering prayer, and more- are explained at the start of the book.  A classic in the Ignatian prayer tradition, Love: A Guide for Prayer encourages us to re-imagine what it means to pray and helps us see with new eyes God’s presence and activity in our daily lives. (134 pages)

Cost: $17 (includes postage and sales tax)

Authors: Jacqueline Syrup Bergan and Sr. Marie Schwan, CSJ are the authors of the best-selling Take and Receive prayer book series. Jacqueline Syrup Bergan, a wife, mother and grandmother as well as a nurse anesthetist was a minister of retreat work and spiritual direction.  Marie Schwan, CSJ, was a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph. She spent years focused on post Vatican II and biblical renewal within her community and beyond, including 14 years as associate director of the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh, WI.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION BOOKS AND GIFTS
These First Holy Communion books will make a lovely gift and be a keepsake that children will want to read again and again. (Quantities Limited)

My First Communion Prayer Book

Includes entire sections of: Prayers during the day; Prayers at Mass; Prayers for Confession (Reconciliation); and Prayers with Mary. Children can bring this book with them to church on Sundays and follow the prayers of the Mass. 5×7, Hardcover, Illustrated.  (80 pages)

Cost: $20 (includes postage and sales tax)

My First Holy Communion

Through beautiful art and story, this book takes young readers, along with their parents and grandparents into the mystery of the Eucharist and their Catholic Faith as they prepare for their First Holy Communion. The pages tell God’s story of love for His children that is found in the Bible, both New and Old Testament, and explains First Holy Communion in the context of the Mass, Confession, other sacraments, the Church and prayer. 11×10 Hardcover, Illustrated. (48 pages)

Cost: $22 (includes postage and sales tax)

 

Your First Communion

This book gives us the words of Pope Francis himself speaking to children preparing for their First Communion. He talks about God, the Church, Holy Communion, Baptism, Reconciliation and their lives as young Christians. On every page children and their parents will discover that Jesus, is indeed, their true joy. 9×10, Hardcover, Illustrated. 48 pages

Cost: $21 (includes postage and sales tax)

On My First Holy Communion

Explains the meaning of the Eucharist by starting with Creation, highlighting events in both the Old and New Testament and ending with the Resurrection and Pentecost. Common prayers are included as well as pages for reflections and pictures of the events. 8×10, Hardcover, Illustrated. 39 pages plus 6 pages for pictures and remembrances.

Cost: $18 (includes postage and sales tax)

 

Dear Pope Francis

In Pope Francis’ first book for children, he personally responds to 30 questions from children all over the world. With his optimistic heart, Pope Francis writes with an honesty that will impact every reader. This book has a universal message for children and adults. It was included on the New York Times Best Seller list and is the recipient of many national and International awards. 10×10, Hardcover, Illustrated.

Cost: $23 (includes postage and sales tax)

 

Inspirational Wooden Cross

Includes quote, “I Am the Bread of Life” and has symbols of Holy Communion. 8×12

Cost: $14 (includes postage and sales tax)

CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Picture/illustrated books tell compelling stories that will captivate a child and introduce him or her to a love of reading. Many books tell much of the story through their enchanting and unique artwork. Children’s books, no matter how simple or complex, offer a sense of joy. Stories can help teach friendship, love, values, emotions self-worth, diversity, the Bible, prayer, seasons, and faith.

My Time With God (31 bedtime stories and prayers)

Divided between stories from the Old and New Testament, “My Time With God” is packed with thirty-one retold Bible stories, along with prayers to accompany each story, and is certain to be a hit with children 3 to 5 years old. This board book has a unique handle attached to the book, which makes it fun and inviting for children. (34 pages)

Cost: $16 (includes postage and sales tax)

Pope Francis Says…

“Pope Francis Says…” is a collection of Pope Francis’s deep wisdom and lessons of faith for children. It will help even the youngest of children begin to learn about their own special gifts and the love that God has for them. This book contains 34 illustrated board pages with designs to fully engage children. The messages among the pages are taken from Pope Francis’s own writings to the children of the world.

Cost: $13 (includes postage and sales tax)

My First Bible

This starter Bible includes 47 exciting, beautifully illustrated stories to capture a child’s imagination and enhance exploration of the Bible. Developed for children ages 5-9. (Hardcover 96 pages)

Cost: $11 (includes postage and sales tax)

BOOKS ON DISCERNMENT
Pope Francis has explicitly and repeatedly stated that discernment is essential for anyone who is a follower of Jesus Christ. But what, exactly, is discernment? Why must we do it? How should we do it?

Always Discerning

Delves thoughtfully into these questions and shares how lay Christians can implement discernment into not only life’s big decisions but also into the everyday, more mundane choices we find ourselves having to make. Fr. Tetlow helps us see that the dynamic interrelationships of head, heart, and hands is crucial to the discernment process. “Always Discerning” provides a powerful and highly practical way to pray while teaching us how to recognize God’s will in every area of our lives and respond to it in joy and love. (229 pages)

About the Author: Joseph A. Tetlow, S.J. has practiced, taught and written on discernment for many years. He is a spiritual director and has led numerous retreats for lay people on the topic of discernment. He is often hailed as a world authority on Ignatian Spirituality.

Cost: $19 (includes postage and sales tax)

The Call To Discernment In Troubled Times

Reintroduces the reader to Christianity as a lived experience, rather than a set of doctrines. In these times of pandemic, spreading violence, poverty, and environmental crisis, this book points the reader beyond paralyzing fear to inner freedom, hope and constructive response. Following the spirituality of Ignatius of Loyola these reflections chart a course for wise decision making and a fuller life. (263 pages)

About the Author: Dean Brackley, S.J. (1946-2011) was a Jesuit priest and Professor of Theology and Ethics at the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in El Salvador.

Cost: $24 (includes postage and sales tax)

Discerning the Will of God

This book will help the reader shift from “What do I want for my life?” to “What does God want for my life?”. Drawing from the timeless methods of Ignatius Loyola and richly illustrated with examples and stories, this book offers practical wisdom for conforming your will to God’s will. Fr. Gallagher takes you through each step of the process, including opening your heart to whatever God wants; making use of silence, the Eucharist, Scripture, and spiritual direction; and finding clarity. (140 pages)

About the Author: Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V., a Catholic priest, member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, retreat leader, Ignatian scholar, and international lecturer, holds a doctorate from the Gregorian University in Rome and is the author of several books.

Cost: $24 (includes postage and sales tax)

BOOKS ON IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY
Books that deepen your growth in Ignatian Spirituality by continuing and reinforcing your retreat experience away from Loyola.

Where the Hell is God

Invites readers to understand that God does not directly will or send pain, suffering, natural disasters, or punishments. We can approach God through these experiences and learn from them, but God is not their “author”. Fr. Leonard is the compassionate guide that all of us wish we had in times of pain, like during COVID 19. The title words were spoken by Fr. Leonard’s mother, while in the hospital, waiting for the reports on her daughter’s accident. (88 pages)

About the Author: Richard Leonard, S.J. is an Australian born Jesuit. He is guided by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola and in part, by his own experiences with a sister (working as a nurse in India) who was left disabled after an auto accident. He directs the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting and has authored nine books. He lectures all over the world.

Cost: $19 (includes postage and sales tax)

Why Bother Praying

Gives guidance on how to pray, where to pray, or just what to say. Discusses the needs for prayer, how different forms of prayer in the Church came to being and how events in the author’s life have shaped his opinion on formal and informal prayer. He adds his own stories as examples of the need to pray. (160 pages)

About the Author: Richard Leonard, S.J. is an Australian born Jesuit. He is guided by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola and in part, by his own experiences with a sister (working as a nurse in India) who was left disabled after an auto accident. He directs the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting and has authored nine books. He lectures all over the world.

Cost: $19 (includes postage and sales tax)

BOOKS ON THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES OF ST. IGNATIUS LOYOLA 

The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola with Commentary

  • A translation of the classic Ignatian text, “The Spiritual Exercises”
  • Provides step-by-step commentary and reflections that explain its meaning and relevance to modern spiritual life
  • An important resource for those seeking to grow spiritually.

(163 pages)

About the Author: Joseph A. Tetlow, S.J. is the Director of a Jesuit Retreat House, the former head of the Jesuit General’s Secretariat for Ignatian Spirituality, the former president of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and the associate editor of America Magazine.

Cost: $21 (includes shipping and sales tax)

God Finds Us – An Experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola

  • We are invited inside the Spiritual Exercises
  • It is shown that they are meditations, reflections and prayers
  • These help enliven our Faith and bring about a changed heart more than a changed mind.

(178 pages)

About the Author: Jim Manney has written many popular books on Ignatian Spirituality.  He is a senior editor at Loyola Press. In this book Manney draws on insights he gained from making the Exercises to show that people who are open to God can learn to love and follow Christ and change their lives forever.

Cost: $14 (includes shipping and sales tax)

BOOKS BY JESUIT PRIEST, FR. JIM MARTIN
About the Author:  The Rev. James Martin, SJ (born 12/29/60) is an American Jesuit Priest, writer and editor-at-large of the Jesuit Magazine, America. He is a New York Times Best Selling author of numerous books and is a frequent commentator on the life and teaching of Jesus and on Ignatian Spirituality as inspired by the life and teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola.  Fr. Martin is considered by many to be the best spiritual writer of our time. 

James Martin – Essential Writings

A treasure trove of insights and reflections of all manner of topics drawn from his articles, books and on-line writings over the past quarter century.  It has all the depth and simplicity, the clarity and compassion we expect from Fr. Martin. 

Topics include: Spirituality and Prayer, The Divine in Daily Life, Solidarity with the Suffering Jesus and Models of Holiness.  (245 pages)

Cost: $26 (includes shipping and sales tax)

Becoming Who You Are

Fr. Martin shows how the quest to know oneself is the quest to know God. He shows us the need to be honest and to accept that we are flawed. His insights are alive with meaning and inspiration.  (98 pages)

Cost: $16 (includes shipping and sales tax)