Books written by the Saints
who have proven they know the Way to Salvation...follow them.
Below you will find a list of wonderful books written by the saint to help guide us to Heaven. However, the greatest way to come to know The Way is, of course, from humble prayer and reading the Bible (God’s directions to Heaven) while wanting to amend our lives so to perfectly live God’s directions.
Since the Bible is hard to understand, God has provided us with His Church (the catechism authored by the saints) and many saints with wonderful inspirational and educational spiritual direction so we can interpret The Word correctly, and learn how to grow into a life of true holiness that leads to Eternal Life.
Beware of books written by others who are not sanctified. Many try to guide us correctly, but they lack the wisdom to do so. God gives fantastic wisdom and correct understanding of The Way to His saints. If someone is lacking correct wisdom in any regard, they could in fact unknowingly lead us to our doom. We don’t want that.
“A single bad book will be sufficient to cause the destruction of a monastery.”
If a saint hasn’t written it or recommended it, it would be wise to not read it. If after reading this web site, if we now realize we have been deceived in any way, then we know we still lack grace and can easily mistaken the truth for a lie and be lead astray. Therefore, stick with reading the guidance from the saints, who we know found The Way!
Being misguided is something to be very concerned about, since most of us have been. Sure, it is true, no one saint has perfect wisdom, and sometimes it can be quite hard to correctly understand what they are saying. However, there is no comparison with wisdom a sanctified person and that of any non-sanctified person, who hasn’t been given the correct light of wisdom.
God gives fantastic wisdom to the saints to help guide us to the Light.
Since our time is so valuable, don’t waste it watching TV or doing some other fruitless worldly thing, spend it reading the holy books by the saints…seeking their wisdom and guidance towards the path of perfection–the Way to Heaven…so we won’t become misguided away from the path to Eternal Life and risk loosing it all.
“The harm that comes to souls from the lack of reading holy books makes me shudder… What power spiritual reading has to lead to a change of course, and to make even worldly people enter into the way of perfection.”
—St. Padre Pio
Please Don’t Misinterpret
When reading the books by the saints, we must be careful not misinterpret what they are saying. One way we misinterpret, is to think what the saints are saying is meant for us (at our current stage in our spiritual life) but it might be written for someone with more or less faith than we have.
Please look to see who the book was written for or at what stage in their spiritual journey the saint was in (especially if reading an autobiography) or who they are speaking with, so we can be less likely to misinterpret anything. Was their book written for someone who was struggling to obtain wisdom and fear of the Lord or was it written for someone already bound and determined to never sin again with wonderful fear and wisdom? Was the book written for someone close to sanctity or someone just beginning their journey in the faith?
Sometimes we read writings from the saints before they had the true light of wisdom, and then think what they are doing is without sin. But please understand, the saints weren’t always saints and even saints sin. It isn’t until they obtain perfection that the sin ends. The saints had to work to leave sins and conform their lives to God’s will just like us, even if they had special gifts from God.
Sometimes we read biographys about saints, but they are written by someone who doesn’t know the light of truth and depicts the saint doing something that simply isn’t true and actually pulls them away from God, so be especially careful when reading books not written by the actual saint.
When a saint is writing guidance to another, those are the best books to read, but knowing who the audience each work was intended for will help us understand why the saints said what they did. Also, I caution everyone to avoid reading the translators/publisher notes, if possible. Some attempt to interpret the meaning of the saints words, which I find much of the time are not correct and/or don’t add anything to the understanding of the saint’s works but sadly distort its true meaning.
But always remember, even though there is only one Way to Salvation, no two people will have the same spiritual direction because we are all at different places in our spiritual journey, with different struggles and needs. Therefore, we all need different guidance to climb the next step towards the Mount but yet, we all need the same guidance as well as there is only one Way.
Therefore, please keep all of this in mind and pray to the Holy Spirit to help us find where we are in our spiritual life and what guidance is best for us so we can move forward following the saints guidance as best we can. Then implement the saints direction and examples into our own lives accordingly, one small step at a time, as you “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12).
To gain understanding of The Way, always pray for the Holy Spirit to enlighten us before we begin reading. Plus, please re-read any of the saints works if we have read them once. We might not have had the grace to understand something when we first read the book, or God might have not opened up our minds to understand something one day, but in another, perhaps after we remove much sin and/or God enlightens us according to His will, we will see a great measure that we missed before.
The list of the saints works below is of course just some of the wonderful works by the saints, but hopefully this will help move you along your way to a saving faith and sanctity.
“It is good and necessary to read religious books, especially those written by the saints. Yes, one must read them and re-read them.”
—St. Maximilian Kolbe
St. Bridget of Sweden
- The Prophecies and Revelations pdf
St. Anthony Mary Claret
St. Francis de Sales
- Introduction to the Devout Life pdf
- Treatise on the Love of God pdf
- Finding God’s Will for You pdf
- Practical Piety pdf
St. Bernard of Clairvaux
- The Steps of Humility and Pride pdf
- Selected Works pdf
- Sermons for Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter pdf
- On Loving God pdf
- Sermon on the Song of Songs
- The Way of Salvation and of Perfection pdf
- The Way of Salvation pdf
- The Incarnation, Birth, and Infancy of Jesus Christ; pdf
- The Holy Eucharist pdf
- Victories of the Martyrs pdf
- Dignity and Duties of the Priest pdf
- The True Spouse of Jesus Christ pdf
- How to Converse with God pdf
- Sermons for Sundays of the Year pdf
- History of Heresies pdf
- Preparation for Death pdf
- Uniformity with God’s Will pdf
- Maxims for Obtaining Perfection in the Love of Jesus Christ pdf
- Visits to the Most Holy Sacrament and the Blessed Virgin Mary pdf
- Way of the Cross pdf
St Teresa of Avila
- The Way of Perfection pdf
- The Interior Castle pdf
- Autobiography pdf
- Concepts of Love pdf
St. Jean-Marie Baptiste Vianney
- The Sermons of The Cure of Ars pdf
St Maximilian Kolbe
- Will to Love -Reflections for Daily Living pdf
St. Robert Bellarmine
- Art of Dying Well pdf
- Spiritual Writings pdf
St. Catherine of Sienna
- Dialogue with God the Father pdf
- Letters pdf
St. Vincent Ferrer
- The Spiritual Life pde
St. Josemaria Escariva
- The Way pdf
- Furrow pdf
- The Forge pdf
- Friends of God pdf
- Christ is Passing by pdf
- In Love with the Church pdf
- Holy Rosary pdf
St. Ignatius of Loyola
- The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius pdf
- The Autobiography of St. Ignatius pdf
St. Faustina Kowalska
St. Peter of Alcantara
- Treatise on Prayer and Meditation
St. John Henry Newman
- Selected Spiritual Writtings
St. Benedict Joseph Labore
- The Life of the Venerable Benedict Joseph Labre pdf
St. Louis de Montfort
- Friends of the Cross
- Love of Eternal Wisdom
- True Devotion to Mary
- God alone (all books)
St. Therese of Lisieux
- Story of a Soul
- Letters Vol. I & II
St. Ignatius of Antioch
- The Seven Epistles
- Letter to the Ephesians
- Letter to the Romans
- Letter to the Smyrnaeans
St. Francis of Assisi
- The Journey of the Mind Into God
- The Mind’s Road to God
- Mirror of the Blessed Virgin Mary
St. Teresa Benedicta
- Collected Works of Edith Stein
St. John Baptist de La Salle
- The Spirituality of Christian Education
St. John of Avila
- Treatise on the Priesthood and the Love of God
St. Justin Martyr
St. Leonard of Port Maurice
- The Hidden Treasure – Holy Mass
- Counsels to Confessors
St. Margret Mary
- Revelations of St. Mechtilde
St. John Chrysostom
- On the Priesthood
- Divine Liturgy
- On Marriage and Family Life
- On Wealth and Poverty
- Providence of God
- Letters to St. Olympia
- Homilies on the Gospels
- Homilies on the Old Testament
- Complete Works
St. Vincent Ferrer
- Treatise on the Spiritual Life
Thomas a Kempis (the only book recommended not authored by a saint)
- Imitation of Christ
Most of the books are available on Amazon or from other book sellers. All links to saint books are from websites outside of Lifting Our Values in which we are not affiliated with. By creating these book links that in no way is meant to represent that Lifting Our Values is in approval or necessarily disapproval of any material on other web sites. The links are only intended to direct us to a free or paid source for such books. If the link expires simply search the web for the book title in “pdf” format and that will surely come up with other sources. Also, this isn’t necessarily a complete listing of any saints work, as I said, for example: St. Alphonosus authored 111 books. These are the more popular works of the saints.
I want to send a warning, I have found that some books which a publisher or author claim are works by the saints are fraud. Beware!
Plus, no matter how many books we read, if we don’t amend our life out of love for God and grow into a saving faith, we will still be damned. We must change our life.
“Of the making of many books there is no end, and in much study there is weariness for the flesh. The last word, when all is heard: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all; because God will bring to judgment every work, with all its hidden qualities, whether good or bad” (Ecclesiasties 12:14).
Therefore, please don’t get carried away with reading books…most knowledge and true wisdom comes from prayer and striving to live God’s Word, not books. God will use books to help motivate and enlighten us, for us to grow. They are good, but please read them sparingly and spend the rest of our time learning how to love God through prayer and His Word–trying to live His will perfectly. Personally, I only read about 30 mins a day for enrichment…some might be called to read more and some less, but too much of a good thing isn’t good any more.
“[Looking at a library of holy books, St Therese de Lisieux stated to her sister] I should have only broken my poor little head and have lost the precious time which I have spent [if I read these books], instead, in loving God.”
Pope St. Gregory the Great : “There are many who arrive at the faith, but few who are led into the heavenly kingdom.”