Catholic books and art
We have two principal stores in Dallas focusing on Catholic books and art:
Catholic Art and Gifts, located at 2761 Valwood Parkway, Suite 300, Farmers Branch 75234. (972) 934-3553. Check out their website here.
Sacred Heart Books and Gifts, located at 7615 Campbell Rd., Suite 111, Dallas 75248. (That’s the NW corner of Coit and Campbell.) (972) 250-2100. They have a Facebook page here.
St. Jude Chapel in downtown Dallas has a very small store with books and religious items. It is located at 1521 Main Street, Dallas 75201. (214) 742-2508. Its website is here.
The most common Catholic translation is called the “New American Bible” or “NAB.” It has undergone several revisions in the last 40 years or so, so you might look out for a recent edition. You can also get “The Catholic Study Bible,” which is the New American Bible, plus hundreds of pages of commentary about the books of the Bible.
The other main Catholic translation that I know of is called the “Revised Standard Version – Catholic Edition,” and the one I have is published by Ignatius Press (1966). It uses more archaic language than the New American Bible, to give you that “biblical feel.” Ignatius is also publishing the “Ignatius Catholic Study Bible,” which uses the “Revised Standard Version – Second Catholic Edition.” It is a work in progress, with many books of the Bible being published (with study guides) as stand-alone paperback books.
Of course there are other Catholic Bible study guides as well. One series that does not seem to be too far advanced is the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture. Like the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, it consists of paperback volumes that contain one or a few books of the Bible, together with copious commentary and explanation.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
This indispensable guide to the teachings of the Church is now in its second edition, so don’t get the out-of-date first edition!
Of special interest are two documents available on the St. Thomas More Society website — a Catholic advance medical directive and a Catholic medical power of attorney. Click here to go directly to that page.
Books: Overviews of the Catholic Faith
Our textbook is only one of many fine books you can find that present an overview of the Catholic faith in a format that is more readable than the Catechism itself. For further reading, we also recommend the following:
Catholic Christianity, by Peter Kreeft (Ignatius 2001). A nice feature of this dense book is that Kreeft provides loads of citations to the Bible, to the Catechism, and to other Church documents.
Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith, by Father Robert Barron (Image 2011). Father Barron is also famous for a series of DVDs, to which this book is a companion. To check out the website of Father Barron’s media ministry, Word on Fire, click here. Click on the “Catholicism series” tab to learn more about the DVD series.
United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (2006).
The Catholic Way: Faith for Living Today, by Rev. Donald W. Wuerl (Doubleday 2001). Wuerl published this book as a bishop and has since become a cardinal. He discusses the teachings of the Church in very short chapters–like, about four pages each!
Catholicism for Dummies, by Rev. John Trigilio, Jr., Ph.D., Th.D., and Rev. Kenneth Brighenti, Ph.D. (2d ed. John Wiley & Sons 2012). Despite the title, this book is theologically sound and a pleasure to read.
Midwest Theological Forum has published a beautiful, if somewhat pricey, series of books called The Didache Series that you might find interesting. Titles include The Sacraments: Source of Our Life in Christ, Our Moral Life in Christ: A Complete Course, and Understanding the Scriptures: A Complete Course on Bible Study.
The New World of Faith, by Avery Dulles, S.J. (Our Sunday Visitor 2000). This is a short, very readable explanation of the faith by an American priest who later became a cardinal.
There are plenty of books that are designed to answer frequently asked questions about the Catholic faith.
The Catholicism Answerbook: The 300 Most Frequently Asked Questions, by Rev. John Trigilio, Jr., Ph.D., Th.D., and Rev. Kenneth Brighenti, Ph.D. (Sourcebooks 2007). A handy guide by the authors of Catholicism for Dummies.
Why Do Catholics Do That? A Guide to the Teachings and Practices of the Catholic Church, by Kevin Orlin Johnson, Ph.D. (Ballentine 1994).
Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The Attack on “Romanism” by “Bible Christians”, by Karl Keating (Ignatius 1988). The first part of this book is devoted to cataloging the doings of a bunch of anti-Catholic sects out there. But starting around page 121, Keating changes his focus to the teachings of the Church, and that’s where the book really gets good. It’s a great source for succinct explanations and defenses of Catholic teachings that Protestants have trouble with, like the nature of salvation, purgatory, Mary, the Saints, the Eucharist, and the papacy.