Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Lectio: Need To Reads

{recommended reading}


A few months ago, I asked you for book recommendations dealing with love, marriage, and femininity.      Though Andrew and I have been on a little too much of a Netflix Lost kick lately,  I'm looking forward to plenty of summer reading.  Here are the spiritual books topping my list; I'd love to know if you've read any of them and what you thought!

Love and Responsibility: Before there was the book I'm most obsessed with, there was this, then-Cardinal Karol Wojtyla's discussion of love, emotions, purity, and an entire vision of the human person.  I've gained so many amazing insights about dating and relationships from the man who'd become John Paul II from secondary sources, and I think it's about time I crack open the real deal.  I've heard a new translation is coming out soon, too!

Love Letters to My Husband: St. Gianna, a.k.a. Gianna Beretta Molla, possessed heroic virtue, giving her life for her unborn child, but what I love most about her is that she was also a wife and mother who I can't imagine leading a daily life too different from yours or mine (my friend Kristin wrote about how to build a spiritually-centered home, based on Gianna's words, here).  As a new mama and as a girl who fell in love through letters, herself, I can't wait to get my hands on this copy of the missives Gianna and her husband Pietro penned during their dating days and all through their marriage.  By the looks of things on Amazon, unfortunately, it looks like this book is out of print.  Any leads on how to find it?

Adam and Eve After the Pill: Not so much spiritual reading as a cultural study, I have a hunch Mary Eberstadt's close look at the bitter fruits of the sexual revolution will definitely feed my passion for the chastity message, my fascination with longing and hunger, and my desire to really learn about the attitudes and movements that've shaped the culture's view of things like birth control, commitment, pornography, and relationships, in a way that pulls back the curtain, gets rid of talking points and takes a genuine look at the issues at hand.  Sign me up.

How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul: Two years ago I started reading this book by Crystalina Evert when my friend Catherine stayed with me for the week, but she had to take it with her when she left!  I'd love to finish this frank, honest, and loving collection of wisdom for pursuing love that's authentic and pure, healing from the past, and not settling when it comes to the One.  Though I'm past the phase in my own life of looking for a husband (with someone as wonderful as mine, how could I not stop looking right on the spot?), I still feel like I gained so much insight into women's hearts in the few pages that I already got to read.

Chime in!  What have been your thoughts on these picks, if you've read them?   And what else should I put on my to-read-soon list?




8 comments:

  1. Ohhh... good recs. I'll have to check them out!

    Um, and isn't ost AMAZING?! My friend, her hubby and I watched ALL 6 seasons in the first month (maybe a little longer) of their new babies life! It was pure bliss. Sometimes we still wish we could go back to those weeks of quiet and what not. Before I was working and when the babe still a little wee one. Haha. Enjoy it!!!

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  2. And by "ost" I mean Lost. Sheesh... it's hard commenting from your phone!

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  3. Stephanie, that's an awesome list. I have the new translation of L&R (it's by a native Polish speaker), but I like the old one, too. You can't go wrong with either! St. Gianna's letter are also super. I haven't read the last two on the list -- haven't even heard of the last one. Thanks for the tip!

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    1. I figure any translation will be a decent challenge as it is, so I'm sure you're right!

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  4. The St. Gianna's letters sound beautiful, I need to get my hands on that! To be honest, I wasn't too fussed on the Crystalina Evert book, but I have recently read 'The Catholic Girl's Guide to Surviving the Single Years (obviously not applicable to your lovely self) and it's a really good read for single ladies. Another book I read recently which I thought was fantastic was Scott Hahn's "Ordinary Work Extraordinary Grace'! I read it over two days, and copied so many passages out of it for future reference!

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    1. I've heard of that book for singles, but haven't read it--even if it doesn't apply to my life I'm sure it'll still be worth it! Thanks for the Scott Hahn recommendation; I thought I was the only one who wrote out entire paragraphs, so given that you did it too, I know it'll be good =)

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  5. I have read the love letter between St Gianna and her husband, so beautiful!

    I would definitely recommend the seven levels of intimacy by Matthew Kelly...its one my husband and I really liked!

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  6. I'd love to read Love & Responsibility. Looks like St. Gianna's book is on ebay:

    http://compare.ebay.com/like/161000669904?var=lv&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar

    And I've heard The Privilege of Being a Woman is good (Alice von Hildebrand). Great list, Stephanie!

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