Recommended Resources


Note:  There really is no need to qualify a Bible as “Catholic” because the Bible simply is Catholic. Now, there are complete and incomplete Bibles (example), faithful and unfaithful translations (example), and orthodox and unorthodox study notes (example), but the same Church that gave us the Bible has kept the same Bible that the early, medieval, and even post-reformation Church used – so we are not the ones who should need to qualify our Bible titles! In any case, here are my thoughts on choosing one’s Bible.

  • The Ignatius Study Bible uses the best translation (RSV) and has the best notes, but it’s only bound in a New Testament (the OT books must be bought separately).
  • The Didache Study Bible is also RSV and has great notes that follow the Catechism.
  • The Catholic Study Bible has good notes and is in the NAB translation.
  • For Children’s Bible choices, click HERE.

Books on Catholic Conversion

  • Evangelical Exodus by Douglas Beaumont (Ed.) et al.
  • Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic by Francis J. Beckwith
  • Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism by Francis J. Beckwith, Christopher A. Castaldo, Lyle W. Dorsett, and Wilbur Ellsworth
  • Born Fundamentalist: Born Again Catholic by David Currie
  • Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism by Scott and Kimberly Hahn
  • Evangelical Is Not Enough by Thomas Howard
  • Apologia pro Vita Sua by John Henry Newman
  • By What Authority?: An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition by Mark Shea
  • How to Go from Being a Good Evangelical to a Committed Catholic in Ninety-Five Difficult Steps by Christian Smith

Books on Catholic Theology

  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Summa Theologiae and Summa Contra Gentiles by Saint Thomas Aquinas
  • The Faith of Our Fathers by James Gibbons
  • Fides et Ratio by Saint John Paul II
  • Why Do Catholics Do That? by Kevin Orlin Johnson
  • Rosary: Mysteries, Meditations, and the Telling of the Beads by Kevin Orlin Johnson
  • Catholicism and Fundamentalism by Karl Keating
  • Catholic Christianity by Peter Kreeft
  • Any Friend of God’s Is a Friend of Mine by Patrick Madrid
  • Understanding Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism by George M. Marsden
  • An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine by John Henry Newman
  • Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper by Brant Pitre
  • The Spirit of the Liturgy by Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)
  • The Protestant’s Dilemma by Devin Rose
  • Navigating the Tiber by Devin Rose
  • The Catholic Controversy by Saint Francis de Sales
  • Magisterium: Teaching Authority in the Catholic Church by Francis Sullivan
  • Not by Faith Alone: A Biblical Study of the Catholic Doctrine of Justification edited by Robert A. Sungenis
  • Not by Scripture Alone: A Catholic Critique of the Protestant Doctrine of Sola Scriptura edited by Robert A. Sungenis

Books on  Evangelicalism / Protestantism

  • A High View of Scripture?: The Authority of the Bible and the Formation of the New Testament Canon by Craig D. Allert
  • The Spirit and Forms of Protestantism by Louis Bouyer
  • Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences by Norman L. Geisler and Ralph E. MacKenzie
  • Is Rome the True Church?: A Consideration of the Roman Catholic Claim by Norman L. Geisler and Joshua M. Betancourt
  • The Shape of Sola Scriptura by Keith A. Mathison
  • Reasoning from the Scriptures with Catholics by Ron Rhodes
  • The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture by Christian Smith
  • Are We Together?: A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism by R. C . Sproul
  • The Roman Catholic Controversy by James R. White
  • Evangelicals and Tradition: The Formative Influence of the Early Church by D. H. Williams