Today is my last official day of the weirdest school year ever. More than ever I am feeling the need to recharge physically, emotionally and spiritually. As I have the past two summers, I am planning to do a series of blog posts designed to help you do that too. These are the spiritual books I’ve read throughout the year or in past years that have helped me grow in my faith and be the best possible teacher, wife, mom and Catholic woman that I can be. (Don’t worry, I know I have a loooooong way to go, these are just some of the books that are helping me to get there.) Because I started the year with the lofty goal of getting to know the female Doctors of the Church a bit better, there is a theme in some of these books, but you’ll also notice a LOT of St. Therese of Lisieux in there. Reading and praying with her writings helped me get through a lot of difficult times this year.
Like last summer, the rating system I will use is one that my sisters and I use: popcorn. If a book is an easy, kick off your sandals and read at the beach book, it will be a 5 popcorn read. If it is a book that will challenge you (think the writings of Saint Teresa of Avila or Saint John Paul II) it will be a 1 popcorn read. To avoid people thinking a 1 popcorn read is a bad book, I will use stars to indicate how helpful the book was to me spiritually.
Finally, for many of the books I will provide a link to where you can purchase it on Amazon. If you decide that this may be a book for you and purchase it using my link, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. This is a small way for me to pay for the blog and continue to provide great content and resources to teachers and parents for absolutely free.