Books that brought me into God's presence

hplantin's picture

I don't know about you, but I associate some books with sensing the presence of God. Reading them led me into God's presence. The words seemed to touch my soul. Now I don't know if there is really something special about such books, or whether there are times when God is sensibly close and many books would lead one into God's presence. I've heard that in such a state even the phone book can be spiritually nourishing! At other times, God seems absent, and even the best books leave me dry.

In any case, some books have filled that role for me: the Imitation of Christ, Augustine's Confessions, The Revelations of Julian of Norwich, and others. Such books were the cause of the start of the CCEL, and the original criteria for inclusion in the CCEL included the ability of a book to bring one into God's presence.

What books have filled that role for you? I'd be interested in hearing your comments, and I'll share some of them in a future newsletter. You can add your comments here. Perhaps others will read a good book based on your recommendation.

pwatch's picture

a Kempis, Merton, Rahner

Three books have impacted me significantly this year. I heartily recommend:
1. "Imitation of Christ" by Thomas a Kempis. Although read 3 times over the past 40 years, recently it dug deep into my heart. A true classic.
2. "The Seven Story Mountain" by Thomas Merton. This biography presented Jesus to me in a most powerful way.
3. "Encounters with Silence", Karl Rahner. Very moving by a man known primarily for his theological writings.