To butcher C. S. Lewis a little,
A young woman who wishes to remain a sound Protestant cannot be too careful of her reading.
Ok, so I butchered poor C.S. more than a little but the principle still stands: reading books is dangerous.
The Catholic Church used to have a list of prohibited books, the Index Liborum Prohibitorum. The very idea of books being prohibited makes me ill. It goes against my belief in the value of free inquiry and my love of black ink on white paper.
It almost makes me want to reconsider the whole “Catholic” thing. (I said almost.) Until I remember that I became Catholic precisely because I started reading books I really “shouldn’t” have.
So, in the spirit of book-burning (or as we in the litterati put it, libricide. And yes, I am totally litterati), we must go on. Here are a few books, in no particular order, which I found very dangerous to my Protestantism.
- Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism by Scott & Kimberley Hahn
- On Being Catholic by Thomas Howard
- Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton (FREE!)
- Paradoxes of Catholicism by Mgsr. Robert Hugh Benson (FREE!)
- Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic by David Currie
- If Protestantism Is True: The Reformation Meets Rome by Devin Rose ($2.99 on Kindle!)
- Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith by Fr. Robert Barron
- How to Go from Being a Good Evangelical to a Committed Catholic in Ninety-Five Difficult Steps by Christian Smith
- Is the Reformation Over? An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism by Mark A. Noll & Carolyn Nystrom
- Catholic Christianity: A Complete Catechism of Catholic Church Beliefs Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Peter Kreeft
- The Orthodox Church by Timothy Ware (Metropolitan Kallistos)
- The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture by Christian Smith