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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?

  1. Send an email request to with your full name and location. You will not receive a reply email. The purpose of asking for your email is to be sure we can send you updates directly without intruding on those who are not participating.
  2. Subscribe to the posts on this site either through email or RSS feed (you may have already done this if you receive regular updates).


What Are We Currently Reading?

The Book Club is taking a break starting on November 11th, 2014 and will return on January 6th, 2015 when we’ll begin the The Four Cardinal Virtues by Josef Pieper.  We are recommending the following as devotionals and prayer books for Advent and Christmas:

Divine Intimacy by Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.

In Conversation with God: Meditations for Each Day of the Year, Vol. 1: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany by Francis Fernandez

Advent Christmas Wisdom with Fulton J. Sheen: Daily Scripture and Prayers Together with Sheens Own Words (Advent and Christmas Wisdom)

O Radiant Dawn by Lisa Hendey

And for families with young children, a book by our own Sarah Reinhard:

Welcome Baby Jesus

In addition, please check our website for daily reflections throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons – may your devotions be fruitful and your holidays be blessed!


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?

We will announce the reading schedule for The Four Cardinal Virtues by Josef Pieper on January 6th, 2015.

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 January 6th, 2015.


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

The Way of Perfection by Saint Teresa of Avila

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.