Books written by the Saints

who have proven they know the Way to Salvation...follow them.

Below you will find wonderful books written by the saint to help guide us to Heaven. However, the greatest way to come to know The Way is 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

However, since the Bible is hard to understand, God has provided us with His Church (the catechism) 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, however, 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.” 

–St. Alphonosus 

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 could be lead astray. Therefore, stick with reading the guidance from the saints. We know they know The Way!

Being misguided is something to be very concerned about. 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 and much of the time this wisdom is mainly for the purpose to help guide us to the Light

Since our time is so valuable, it should mostly be spent 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 what is being said, 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 true 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? 

Knowing who the audience each work was intended, 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 works, which I find much of the time are not correct and don’t add anything to the understanding of the saint’s work 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. Therefore, we all need different guidance to climb the next step towards the Mount. Therefore, please keep all of this in mind and find where we are in our spiritual life so we move forward following the saints guidance as best we can for who we are. Then implement the saints direction and examples into our own life 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 did 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.  

“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

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St. Bridget of Sweden

  • The Prophecies and Revelations  pdf

St. Anthony Mary Claret

  • Autobiography pdf
  • The Golden Key to Heaven pdf
  • La escala de Jacob (Español)  pdf

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
  • Letters
  • Lectures

St. Alphonosus

  • 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

  • Diary

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

  • Writtings
  • Rule

St. Boneventure

  • The Journey of the Mind Into God
  • The Mind’s Road to God
  • Mirror of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Work

St. Teresa Benedicta

  • Collected Works of Edith Stein

St. John Baptist de La Salle

  • The Spirituality of Christian Education
  • Letters

St. John of Avila

  • Treatise on the Priesthood and the Love of God
  • Letters
  • Autobiography

St. Justin Martyr

  • SelectedWritings

St. Leonard of Port Maurice

  • The Hidden Treasure – Holy Mass
  • Counsels to Confessors

St. Margret Mary

  • Revelations of St. Mechtilde
  • Autobiography

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, for example: St. Alphonosus authored 111 books. These are the more popular works of the saints. 

I want to send a warning too that some books which the 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.

“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 comes from prayer and God’s Word, not books. God will use books to help us grow, and 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. Personally, I only read about 30 mins a day for enrichment…some might be called to read more, 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.”

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Pope St. Gregory the Great : “There are many who arrive at the faith, but few who are led into the heavenly kingdom.”