From The Hand of Fr. Aaron Ferris … For July 1, 2018

I want to give one last set of book recommendations for your summer reading list. This will be a deviation from the previous two lists because not all of these books will be Catholic. This is a far more personal list of recommendations, which means that, while I think these are important books to read, they do not necessarily come with a blanket recommendation.

The first is book is Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning. I think this book is one of the most important books of the Twentieth Century. It is a short book, but it contains a rich treasury of wisdom and insight into human suffering and the value and meaning of human life.

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Also from the Twentieth Century is my favorite novel of all time. This one is deeply steeped in Catholic imagery and ideals. I am talking about J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. It is a trilogy of books that extends for over a thousand pages. While it is not the first fantasy book to be written, it is the granddaddy of the modern fantasy genre.

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Moving into the Twenty-First Century, there is another trilogy of books, though these are much shorter. During his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI wrote three books in a series entitled Jesus of Nazareth. They are beautiful meditations and reflections on various stages of Jesus life and ministry.

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The final book came out this year. It is Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. It falls into the category of a self-help book, which means the advice and the underlying philosophy may be more or less useful. However, it contains some brilliant insights into the human condition and how we ought to respond to it.

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I hope these lists have beenhelpful. Again, there are any number of books that could end up on a list. We have to start somewhere, though, right?

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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