I met Saint Therese when I was in high school and took this book with me to perpetual adoration a few times a week. It began my own discernment of my vocation and gave me a new yearning to be close to God.
I received this book the summer before I moved to Brazil. It changed the way I talked to God and deepened my own personal connection.
I was introduced to Catherine Doherty through Heart's Home and brought many of her books with me to Brazil. She will change your heart.
When I moved to Brooklyn, I lived in a community. Occasionally one of the sisters and I would get Thai food. I was really having a hard time reacclimatizing to life in the United States and had lost a lot of hope. She suggested I read this book, which changed my outlook on life.
A lot of people have differing opinions on Fr. Richard Rohr. For me, finding his writing and community gave me the desire to remain Catholic when I was unable to find a place to belong. The first book I read was Breathing Underwater, which joined my alcohol recovery program, Alcoholics Anonymous, with my religion. Immortal Diamond gave me a new way forward. I love all of his books.
Father Greg Boyle's mission, Homeboy Industries, is based in Los Angeles, where I was living when I read this book. This along with Barking to the Choir, are beautiful testaments to the work of the Gospel in today's world.
I only knew vaguely of Sister Helen Prejean when I read her latest book. Her memoir gave me so much comfort in the reality of living a mission and made me want to squeeze her in a gigantic hug (and become the number one person I would love to have coffee with).
What books most impacted your spiritual journey?