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Welcome to the Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction Book Club!

Join us in our world-wide reading and discussion of the most profound treasures of spiritual insights that our Lord offers us in His Church!

How Can I Join the Club?

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What Are We Currently Reading?

 

The Sinner’s Guide by Venerable Louis of Granada

From the back of the book:

Venerable Louis of Granada was the favorite spiritual writer of St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Fancis de Sales, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Vincent de Paul and St. Rose of Lima; and The Sinner’s Guide (along with The Book of Prayer and Meditation) is one of his two most famous and most popular books.  In fact, the great St. Teresa of Avila credited The Sinner’s Guide with having converted over a million souls in her own time!

“We are all destined to one or the other,” says Ven. Louis, “either to reign eternally with God in Heaven or to burn eternally with the devils in Hell.”  This inescapable fact is vividly brought to life on every page of this masterfully written book.  Utterly realistic with regard to the ultimate end of human life, Venerable Louis of Granada presents here the Four Last Things: Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell – even rehearsing with the reader the day of his death and the moment of his judgement.  His description of the despair in Hell will shake loose any desire, by even the most hardened sinner, to persevere in sin.  Man’s classic excuses, such as planning to convert later and the difficulty of practicing virtue, are thoroughly demolished.  Moreover, Ven. Louis shows how the sinner’s life, because of his gnawing conscience, is a continual torment to him even while still on this earth.  Whereas, the practice of virtue brings the wonderful promise of Heaven, plus the beautiful joy of a clear conscience, and the many other marvelous advantages of holiness – even here in this life!

The Sinner’s Guide is a book of crystal clarity which cuts through the religious fog so prevalent today.  It strips away the glamour of sin, fortifying the soul for the resolute practice of the Christian virtues – those true riches which alone will accompany him beyond the grave.  For mastery of subject, for command of Scripture, and for total impact upon the mind and heart of the reader, there is no book which surpasses The Sinner’s Guide.


How Can I Participate in Discussions About the Book?

  1. Purchase or download the book (see below)
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What Is The Reading Schedule?

http://rcspiritualdirection.com/blog/2014/04/08/announcing-next-book-sinners-guide-venerable-louis-granada

Week 1      Ch. 1-3

Week 2      Ch. 4-6

Week 3      Ch. 7-9

Week 4      Ch. 10-12

Week 5      Ch. 13-16

Week 6      Ch. 17-19

Week 7      Ch. 20-23

Week 8      Ch. 24-25

Week 9      Ch. 26-27

Week 10    Ch. 28-29

Week 11     Ch. 30-33

Week 12    Ch. 34-38

Week 13    Ch. 39-40

Week 14    Ch. 41-44

Week 15    Ch. 45-48

Happy Reading!

Read more: http://rcspiritualdirection.com/blog/topics/book-club#ixzz26AW0DBZh

 

What Will We Be Reading Next?

 

The King of the Golden City by Mother Mary of Loyola

 

What is the Upcoming Schedule?

The long term schedule is tentative and subject to change, but the following is a list of books we plan to cover over the next several months:

  1. The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila
  2. The Four Cardinal Virtues by Josef Pieper

 

Books We’ve Read in the Past

Spiritual Combat by Lorenzo Scupoli

Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence by Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure

Journal of a Soul: The Autobiography of Pope John XXIII

Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis

Navigating the Interior Life by Dan Burke

33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur 

An Introduction to the Devout Life by Saint Francis de Sales

Interior Freedom by Fr. Jacques Philippe

Read more: Previous Book Club Posts

Who Should I Talk to If I Have Questions About the Readers or Discussions?

Please contact Vicki at dvburbach@gmail.com

About Vicki Burbach

Vicki Burbach is a wife and homeschooling mother of six children ages three to fifteen years who relishes the calm inspiration of spiritual reading amidst the roller coaster of life. A passionate convert to the Faith, Vicki is an avid reader who started the CSD book club so she could embark with likeminded bibliophiles on a spiritual journey through some of the greatest Catholic books ever written. In addition to moderating the book club and managing family activities, Vicki also cooks, does laundry, cleans, does laundry, and, every once in a while, finds time to write and speak on topics such as marriage and spiritual reading - of course, these endeavors take place only between her many loads of laundry.