What We’re Reading for Lent

Looking for something good to read for Lent? We love to share our favorite books! Here’s what our staff is reading for Lent this year.

The Creed: Professing the Faith Through the Ages by Scott Hahn

“I’m always amazed at the wealth of knowledge in Scott Hahn’s books, and The Creed is no exception. Not only is this book great to read during Lent, but it’s also the perfect present for friends who are entering the Church at Easter.” —Emily 


Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux by Anthony Lilles and Dan Burke

“This book is great for Lent. You get to read Thérèse’s own words, and then reflect on the theme of merciful love. It’s convicting during Lent, because it’s all about offering yourself to God. Thérèse made herself an ‘oblation to merciful love’ and encouraged others to do so as well, and the book guides you through her letters and the reflections to do the same.” —Katie 


The Adventure of Discipleship by Daniel A. Keating

“I can’t think of a better Lenten companion than Daniel Keating’s The Adventure of Discipleship. It gets to the heart of strengthening your personal friendship with Jesus and encourages you not to fear but to embrace the cost of living the ‘adventure’ with Him.”  —Melissa


The Old and New Series by Maura Roan McKeegan 

Helping kids get into Lent can be a challenge. Why not make it fun and fruitful, for you and for the kids? Maura Roan McKeegan’s series of children’s books helps kids read familiar stories of the Bible at a deeper level. This series is a beautiful—and simple—way to give your children the gift of reading Scripture during Lent and to set them up for a lifetime of biblical literacy.” —Molly


Self-Gift: Essays on Humanae Vitae and the Thought of John Paul II by Janet E. Smith

Janet Smith does a fantastic job of bringing new depth to the Church’s teaching in Humanae Vitae. It’s perfect for the 50th anniversary of the encyclical. Lent is a great time to not just grow spiritually, but to learn more about Church teaching on important topics. I think this is a great place to start.” —Evan


Unrepeatable: Cultivating the Unique Calling of Every Person by Luke Burgis and Joshua Miller

As part of Lent we’re called to give alms and look outside ourselves to serve others. There are more ways that we can help others than just monetarily—we can also give our time and talent. This is the premise of Luke Burgis and Josh Miller’s book—understanding how to help each person find their unique and God-given vocation. I highly recommend not only reading this book, but also giving it to those in your life who are searching for a deeper purpose.” —Kilian


The Eucharist: Mystery of Presence, Sacrifice, and Communion by Lawrence Feingold

Lent is all about pushing and challenging yourself, so why not try a more academic book? Although, for an academic title, The Eucharist is incredibly accessible. I’ve never studied theology, but I’m working through it now and it’s truly beautiful. A good reminder of the incredible awe that the Eucharist should inspire in each of us.” —Alex 


The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints by Ralph Martin

“This book is a perennial best-seller, and for good reason. This is the book everyone should read. If you’re looking for a book to deepen your spiritual life this Lent, you need to read Ralph Martin’s The Fulfillment of All Desire.” —Michelle