Books on Basic Catholic Teachings to Deepen Your Faith

Whether we've been a Catholic our whole lives or just a few years, everyone can benefit from returning to our basic Catholic teachings. It never hurts to review the core tenants of what we believe and profess as Catholics. Even if we've been at this for 60+ years, the Holy Spirit can bring new insights and deeper knowledge so our love for God and His Church can continue to grow each day. 

Books on Basic Catholic Teachings: 

The Faith Explained by Leo Trese

This all-in-one handbook will help you understand, explain, and defend the great truths of the Catholic Faith. In brief and readable chapters, it explains the purpose of human existence, God and His perfections, the creation and fall of man, the Incarnation, the redemption, the sacraments, sacramentals, prayer, the importance of the Bible, and much more.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

Obviously, no list on Catholic teachings can be complete without this text. Promulgated by Pope John Paul II in 1992, this brick of a book walks us through each belief of our Catholic Faith. The text includes Biblical and historic references to further explain and enlighten. 

The Faith Explained Today by Joe Babendreier

Written in the same style and spirit as the classic best-seller The Faith Explained by Leo Trese, this book offers an explanation of the faith that is easily accessible to modern readers, especially students and young adults. This Christian faith book is in six parts and covers the full spectrum of Church teaching over the last 2,000 years.

The Didache Series

While designed for the classroom or religious education program, these Catholic Theology textbooks published by The Midwest Theological Forum are a great way to dive deeper into a specific topic. Whether it is the History of the Church, the Sacraments, Moral Theology, or Understanding Scripture - there is a Didache book on the topic.