This is a collection of electronic books that may be of interest to
Catholics. These e-texts are for users of
Visor and other PalmOS
handhelds, as they are great reading devices.
Most files here are in Doc format, and require a reader such as
or TealDoc on the Palm.
To view these files on a PC, you may want to try my
Doc Reader for Java. These Doc files have built-in bookmarks,
and paragraphs should wrap neatly. Some files are in iSilo
format to take advantage of the iSilo program's special features. I
have included other links for your convenience: click on the
HTML link to view in your browser, buy to get a
printed version etc. Apart from the Doc and iSilo files, most other
links point to offsite content maintained by others, and I take no
responsibility for their content. Note: I am not selling books.
|The Confessions of St
Augustine, by St Augustine of Hippo, 400
The saint's spiritual autobiography, plus his reflections on
creation in Genesis.
|The Imitation of Christ,
by Thomas à Kempis, 1418
This work of spiritual devotion may be the second most
widely read book in the world after the Bible. Its four
sections cover the life of the soul, the interior life,
internal consolation and the Eucharist.
|Treatise on Purgatory,
by St Catherine of Genoa, 1447-1510
The saint's reflections on purgatory.
|The Way of Perfection,
by St Teresa of Avila, 1565-66
Written to deal with the life of prayer, this is a classic
work on contemplative prayer. It has an extended
commentary on the Our Father.
by Blaise Pascal, 1660
This apologetics classic from the renowned mathematician and
philosopher contains the original formulation of Pascal's Wager.
|The Mystical Rose,
by John Henry Cardinal Newman, 1801-1890
A collection of Newman's writings on the Blessed Virgin Mary.
This is a book both for study and devotion. The editor of this
book is unknown.
|Story of a Soul,
by St. Thérèse of Lisieux, 1897
The autobiography of the "Little Flower", completed
shortly before her death.
|Lord of the World,
by Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson, 1907
This futuristic novel of the Apocalypse has been compared to
Huxley's Brave New World and Orwell's Nineteen
Eighty-Four. It predicted the rise of Communism, secular
humanism, pantheism, widespread euthanasia and convenient air
by G. K. Chesterton, 1905
With wit and humor, Chesterton critiques the philosophies of
his contemporaries and friends. Rudyard Kipling, George Bernard
Shaw and H. G. Wells are among those reviewed.
by G. K. Chesterton, 1908.
Challenged to offer his own philosophy, Chesterton follows up
on Heretics by describing his conversion from agnosticism to
Christianity. Trying to find his own heresy, he ended up
rediscovering Christian orthodoxy.
|The Innocence of Father Brown,
by G. K. Chesterton, 1911
Detective stories starring Chesterton's philosophical
|The Wisdom of Father Brown,
by G. K. Chesterton, 1914
More detective stories starring Chesterton's philosophical
|The Everlasting Man,
by G. K. Chesterton, 1925
Written in response to the evolutionary materialism of
his day, this view of world history as informed by the
Incarnation may be Chesterton's greatest work.
|St. Thomas Aquinas,
by G. K. Chesterton, 1933.
This is Chesterton's acclaimed "popular sketch" of the Angelic
Doctor and his philosophy.
|The Spirit of Catholicism,
by Karl Adam, 1924
A consideration of the fundamental concepts of the
faith. This is one of the finest introductions to Catholicism
written in the 20th century.
|Survivals and New Arrivals,
by Hilaire Belloc, 1929.
Belloc surveys intellectual threats to the Catholic
Church: past, present and future. He shows how each threat
would thrive for a while, then fizzle out.
|The Great Heresies,
by Hilaire Belloc, 1939
Belloc analyzes five great heresies that the Catholic
Church has faced or is facing.
by Fr. R. Garrigou-Lagrange, 1952
A theological treatise for lay people on the 4 Last Things:
death, judgement, heaven and hell.
|Humanae Vitae (On Human Life),
by Pope Paul VI, July 25, 1968.
Encyclical on the regulation of birth and
contraception. Doc version includes Archbishop Chaput's
pastoral letter on the 30th anniversary of this encyclical.
|Pius XII and the Holocaust,
by the Catholic League, 1988.
A defense of this heroic Pope's efforts during World War II.
|The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church,
by the Pontifical Biblical Commission, 1994
Evaluates various interpretative methods, examines certain
questions of a hermeneutical nature, reflects on characteristics
of Catholic interpretation and its place in the life of the
|Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life),
by Pope John Paul II, March 25, 1995.
Encyclical on the sanctity of human life. Deals with issues
such as abortion, euthanasia and capital punishment.
|Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason),
by Pope John Paul II, October 15, 1998.
Encyclical on the relationship between faith and reason, and a
defense of human reason.
|Scriptural Cheat Sheet,
by me, December 5, 1999
A collection of Bible citations for Catholics who want to
explain or defend their faith from scripture. The iSilo and
augmented HTML versions contain the Bible passages
cited, as well as hyperlinks between citations and text.