Don’t neglect your spiritual reading. — Reading has made many saints.
SAINT JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA
I was doing some decluttering and collected some books from my library that I knew I would never read because they are garbage. I was going to donate them until I realized that my toilet paper supply might run out before common sense returns to the world. So, I will hang on to them and put the pages to good use if it comes to that.
I am also putting my time to good use with spiritual reading. Here are things I recommend to those trapped in social isolation.
THE HOLY BIBLE
This is a no-brainer. I recommend the Douay-Rheims translation. Begin in Genesis 1 and read it straight through. When you get to the end, start over at the beginning. You can never read that book too many times.
THE IMITATION OF CHRIST BY THOMAS A KEMPIS
This book is the second most read after the Bible. I read it as a Protestant, and I am reading it again as a Catholic. This book is AWESOME.
THE WAY/FURROW/THE FORGE BY SAINT JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA
These are three books published in a single volume. People who know me learn that I am heavily influenced by the writings of Saint Josemaria and the spirituality of Opus Dei. My affinity for Escriva’s writings comes from my state in life as a layperson.
INTRODUCTION TO THE DEVOUT LIFE BY SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES
This is another great book for laypeople.
ABANDONMENT TO DIVINE PROVIDENCE BY JEAN-PIERRE DE CAUSSADE
This is the book you want to read as you go through trials and tribulations in life. It will help you learn to accept the hard times with holy indifference.
I can go on and on with my list, but these are the five books I would grab off my shelf and toss in my backpack in an emergency. I also know that you can find them online in their entirety. You, Gentle Reader, may have suggestions of your own. Please feel free to share them in the comments section.