Index of Recommended Readings





Acton Institute

Faith and Prosperity–Andreas Widmer’s Blog

Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project

PovertyCure Enterprise Solutions to Poverty

Doing the Right Thing

Colwater Media

General Reading

C.S Lewis
Mere Christianity

C.S. Lewis
Abolition of Man

Richard Weaver
Ideas Have

Christopher Dawson
Progress and Religion

Christopher Dawson
The Crisis of Western Education

Christopher Dawson
Dynamics of World History


Karol Wojtyla
Love and Responsibility

Josef Pieper
The Four Cardinal Virtues

Servais Pinckaers
The Sources of Christian Ethics

St. Thomas Aquinas
Summa Theologica

St. Thomas Aquinas
On Being and Essence


The Nicomachean Ethics

Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI

Deus Caritas Est

Caritas in Veritate

The Spirit of the Liturgy

On Conscience

Introduction To Christianity

Spe Salvi
BXVI’s Second Encyclical.  This is one of the most profound and beautiful things I have read in years.  Truly remarkable on many levels: prayer, suffering, hope, politics, and history.  True Hope purifies and tempers the myth of progress

Regensburg Address

This is a very important speech. He challenges the West to expand the concept of reason beyond the empirical.

Values in a Time of Upheaval
This is a brilliant collection of Essays.  Foundations of a free society.

Politics and Society

Eric Voegelin
The New Science of Politics

Robert Nisbet
The Quest for Community

Robert Nisbet
Twilight of Authority


Thomas Sowell Basic Economics and Applied Economics,

Henry Hazlitt, Economics in One Lesson

Friedrich Hayek, The Road to Serfdom, (Hayek is not the best philosopher but he is an excellent  economist)

Samuel Gregg The Commercial Society,

A Humane Economy, Wilhelm Ropke

Nial Ferguson, The Ascent of Money

Poverty and Development
Lord Peter Bauer

Lord Brian Griffiths and Kim Tan

Fairbanks et al, In the River They Swim

Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital

David Landes, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations


Business Books


Prayer and Spiritual Reading

Fr. Thomas Dubay, Fire Within

Fr. Thomas Dubay, Prayer Primer

Pere Jean de Coeur de Jesus D’Elbe  I Believe in Love,

St. Francis DeSales, Introduction to the Devout Life

Fr Jacques Phillipe, Time for God

Fr. Jacques Phillipe, Called to Life

Beauty and Art

Fr. Thomas Dubay
The Evidential Power of Beauty

Jacques Maritain
Art and Scholasticism

Jacques Maritain
Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry

Etienne Gilson
The Arts of the Beautiful

Shinichi Suzuki
Nurtured by Love


About Love Dietrich von Hildebrand

Karol Wojtyla (JPII) Love and Responsibility,

John Paul II Theology of the Body,

Josef Pieper On Love

Pope Benedict XVI Deus Caritas Est,

Sheldon Van Auken A Severe Mercy

CS Lewis The Four Loves,

Dietrich von Hildebrand, Purity, The Mystery of Christian Sexuality,

Dietrich von Hildebrand, The Heart

Philosophy of Love Syllabus and Recommended Reading

Children’s Books

Beatrix Potter

Little House on the Prairie Series, Laura Ingalls Wilder

Farmer Boy, Laura Ingalls Wilder

Carry On Mr. Bowditch

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Bronze Bow

C.S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia

Johnny Tremain


The Call of the Entrepreneur

The Birth of Freedom

Food Inc.



Tchaikovksy: Violin Concerto in D Maj

Beethoven: Violin Concerto

J.S. Bach  Concerto for Two Violins

J.S. Bach Cello Suites (Pablo Casals or Yo-Yo Ma

Georg Telemann: Trumpet Concerto in D

C.P.E. Bach Cello Concerto in A

Mozart: Clarinet Quintet

Sibelius: Violin Concerto


Poetry Out Loud and the Poetry Foundation

Robert Louis Stevenson, A Children’s Garden of Verses

Gerard Manley Hopkins  As Kingfishers Catch Fire

The Poet’s Corner CD Collection

William Butler Yeats

George Herbert

Ezra Pound, The Ballad of the Goodly Fere

T.S. Eliot

The Four Quartets

Journey of the Magi


I am David

The Sound of Music