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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Book Club

Welcome to the Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction Book Club!

Join us in our world-wide reading and discussion of the most profound treasures of spiritual insights that our Lord offers us in His Church!

How Can I Join the Club?

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What Are We Currently Reading?


The Way of Perfection by Saint Teresa of Avila

The following was taken from the back of the book:

Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) is one of the world’s most beloved mystics.  Her autobiography has enchanted millions of readers through her use of everyday language to describe her quest for union with God.

The Way of Perfection presents Teresa’s approach to incorporating spirituality into everyday life.  Using earthy language, Teresa encourages spiritual seekers to engage in a life of prayer and contemplation.  In the first half of her book, Teresa speaks to the nuns in her order about the requirements necessary for a life of prayer-mutual love, detachment from self and the world, and humility.  In the second half of her book, Teresa meditates on individual sections of the Lord’s prayer, using the Our Father as a means of instructing us in the way of perfect prayer.

Teresa’s luminous mystical classic is enlivened by her passion for an active life of prayer and her down-to-earth suggestions about ways to achieve it.  For centuries, readers of Teresa’s work have been inspired to walk the way of perfection.

How Can I Participate in Discussions About the Book?

  1. Purchase or download the book (see below)
  2. Read with us!
  3. Engage with us in the comment boxes on the weekly posts (it is best if you have a photo in your DISQUS profile so that the group can better connect with you as you engage. To update or create your profile go to
  4. Please be sure to follow the combox guidelines which can be found here.

What Is The Reading Schedule?

9/2       Week 1     Ch. 1-6     (to be discussed on 9/9)

9/9       Week 2     Ch. 7-12   (to be discussed on 9/16)

9/16     Week 3     Ch. 13-17 (to be discussed on 9/23)

9/23    Week 4     Ch. 18-20 (to be discussed on 9/30)

9/30    Week 5     Ch. 21-25 (to be discussed on 10/7)

10/7    Week 6     Ch. 26-29 (to be discussed on 10/14)

10/14  Week 7     Ch. 30-32 (to be discussed on 10/21)

10/21  Week 8     Ch. 33-36 (to be discussed on 10/28)

10/28  Week 9     Ch. 37-42 (to be discussed on 11/4)

11/4     Week 10   Conclusion

Happy Reading!

Read more: Previous Book Club Posts

What Will We Be Reading Next?

We’ll begin The Four Cardinal Virtues by Josef Pieper on November 11th.


What is the Upcoming Schedule?

The long term schedule is tentative and subject to change, but the following is a list of books we plan to cover over the next several months:

  1. The Four Cardinal Virtues by Josef Pieper.
  2. Confessions by Saint Augustine.


Books We’ve Read in the Past

Spiritual Combat by Lorenzo Scupoli

Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence by Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure

Journal of a Soul: The Autobiography of Pope John XXIII

Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis

Navigating the Interior Life by Dan Burke

33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur 

An Introduction to the Devout Life by Saint Francis de Sales

Interior Freedom by Fr. Jacques Philippe

The Sinner’s Guide by Venerable Louis de Granada

The King of the Golden City by Mother Mary Loyola

Read more: Previous Book Club Posts

Who Should I Talk to If I Have Questions About the Readers or Discussions?

Please contact Vicki at

About Vicki Burbach

Vicki Burbach is a wife and homeschooling mother of six children ages three to fifteen years who relishes the calm inspiration of spiritual reading amidst the roller coaster of life. A passionate convert to the Faith, Vicki is an avid reader who started the CSD book club so she could embark with likeminded bibliophiles on a spiritual journey through some of the greatest Catholic books ever written. In addition to moderating the book club and managing family activities, Vicki also cooks, does laundry, cleans, does laundry, and, every once in a while, finds time to write and speak on topics such as marriage and spiritual reading - of course, these endeavors take place only between her many loads of laundry.