Welcome to the third volume of Current Kindle Deals Wednesday!
As many of you know, I love to read, I love Amazon, and I love the Kindle app (and my Kindle Paperwhite!). I also have reading kids, I'm an avid and prolific reader, myself. Thus, it seemed only natural that I would use those passions to help others. And so, I'm excited to announce that every Wednesday, for the foreseeable future, I will share with you a list of 9 handpicked, carefully procured great books, good books worth reading, and everything in between, here. I will share Kindle deals, as well as a few good deals in the beautiful hard-bound book variety (meaning, those books that you just can't live without, and you would rather not read on a Kindle). What they have in common is that they are all readily available to you via Amazon.
~Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux by St. Therese of Lisieux
She is the spiritual role model of Gretchen Rubin. She has influenced thousands of Catholics. Her spiritual mother asked her to write this account of her life. It was assumed she was a saint during her life. Indeed, she and her parents have each/all been canonized. What (in the world?!) are you waiting for? Read this.
~Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales (.99 on Kindle)
from the publisher:
As no sensible person would make a long road trip without first consulting a map, so the person intent upon gaining Heaven should first resort to a competent guide to reach that Goal of all goals. And no better guide to Heaven exists than An Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales
~Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross (.99 on Kindle)
From the publisher:
The great Spanish mystic St. John of the Cross became a Carmelite monk in 1563 and helped St. Teresa of Avila to reform the Carmelite order — enduring persecution and imprisonment for his efforts. Both in his writing and in his life, he demonstrated eloquently his love for God. His written thoughts on man's relationship with God were literacy endeavors that placed him on an intellectual and philosophical level with such great writers as St. Augustine and Thomas Aquinas.
~The Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila (.99 on Kindle)
I wrote this post after reading this stirring and intimate account of the spiritual life of St. Teresa of Avila. It will make you think, it will inspire you, and it will probably change your life (or at least your outlook on said life!)
~Strange Gods Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life by Elizabeth Scalia
I read this about a year ago, and it is so worth reading. I'm glad to have it on the shelf, too. From the publisher:
Renowned in the blogosphere as The Anchoress and as Catholic Portal editor of the popular Patheos.com, Elizabeth Scalia offers a powerful critique of the "gods" we worship today, reminding readers that life's deepest desires can be satisfied only in Christ.
~Pope Awesome by Cari Donaldson
Definitely put this on your reading list! This coming from a Catholic homeschooling mother who converted to the Catholic Church when her children were young. You will read it quickly as she humorously recounts cute stories with her children, birth stories, and a come-to-the-faith/Jesus moment-by-moment account.
Take a two-income, quasi-New Age, newlywed couple with two Greyhounds and the resolve never to have children or to embrace any form of organized religion. Add ten years of hunger for something more. What do you get?
~ Mother Angelica Her Grand Silence: The Last Years and Living Legacy by Raymond Arroyo
What happens when we lose our looks, our bodies, our minds? We are left to learn the greatest lesson of all: How to follow God's will, at all costs. I have not read this yet, but I plan to! I heard a stirring interview with Raymond Arroyo on The Jennifer Fulwiler show, and I pondered the meaty conversation for days, and shared much of the insight with my husband Stephen on a date.
I love this book, and when I found the series at our local library, I vowed to read it all: it was that good! I'll let the publisher take it away:
Fans around the world adore the best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe—with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi—navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional cup of tea.
~Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
This is like reading his stand-up in book form. Hilarious. If you give it a chance, you are sure to love the latests from Jim Gaffigan. From the publisher:
Eaten in your car so you wouldn’t have to share with your children? Gotten hungry while watching a dog food commercial? Does the presence of green vegetables make you angry?