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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 King of the Golden City by Mother Mary Loyola

A bit about this book, from the description at Catholic Heritage Curricula:

The King of the Golden City is a fascinating tale which breathes into the heart of the child a deep understanding of Holy Communion while fostering a profound love for Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

Originally published in 1921, this classic tale has long been a favorite of young and old. This quality gift edition features 8 full-color paintings which bring the story to life for young readers. A perfect book for preparing and celebrating a child’s First Holy Communion!

This book was originally written for a young child who asked Mother Loyola what she must do to prepare for her First Holy Communion. The child asked for a story with hidden messages. 120 pgs. 6″x9″ Softcover. 8 full color paintings.


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?


  • For 8/5 – Chapters 1-4
  • For 8/12 – Chapters 5-9
  • For 8/19 – Chapters 10-14
  • For 8/26 – Chapters 15-19

Happy Reading!

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What Will We Be Reading Next?

We’ll begin The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila on 9/2.


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 Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila.
  2. The Four Cardinal Virtues by Josef Pieper.
  3. 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

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.