I like to say that almost everything I know came from a book. That’s true even in the spiritual life. Spiritual reading gives me the knowledge I need to do God’s will.
Of course, after I read advice from the Bible, the lives of the saints, or other spiritual works, I have to ingest it. I learn by experience how it applies to me. But I’d be more or less ignorant of the spiritual life if I never read about it.
Writing about spiritual matters also keeps me focused on truth. Having thought about trust so much over the past fifteen months, especially while writing blog posts and my upcoming book, I find it easy to think about God throughout the day.
That doesn’t mean it’s always easy to do His will. I’ve been struggling in various ways this week. Ironically, my own written words help me let go of my fears and frustrations and trust in God.
Here are some of my favorite spiritual books from past posts:
- Fire Within by Fr. Thomas Dubay
- Introduction to the Devout Life By St. Francis de Sales
- Time for God by Fr. Jacques Philippe
Take time to read spiritual books regularly, especially the Bible. And if you really want to dig deeply into a spiritual subject, write about it–even just for yourself.