The Crossroads Booklist

Reading is the first way to listen, and therefore to learn.

On May 2003, Father Giussani, at the ceremony for the 10th anniversary of the birth of the "Books of the Christian Spirit" Series directed by him, stated:

"It is through education that a people can be built into a unified conscience and a civilization. More than ever today we understand how urgent and necessary this task is for those who have responsibility. Reading is part of this educational path toward the reconstruction of what is human. To encounter the story of people who have lived reality intensely, who have endured its provocations as an unanswered question, or rather, in glimpsing in it the features of a good destiny, have arrived at the unforeseen discovery of a positive answer, is the documented purpose of many of the books published in this series.

In particular, we want to show the reasonableness and the usefulness for the contemporary man of this answer to the drama of existence that is called 'the Christian event.' We offer that answer as a sincere contribution to that education to reality for a true liberation of young people and adults."

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Books by Luigi Giussani or About the Charism of CL

The Religious Sense

At the Origin of the Christian Claim

Why The Church

The Psalms

The Risk of Education

The Journey to Truth is an Experience

The Work of the Movement:  The Fraternity of Communion and Liberation (with Giorgio Feliciani)

Is Possible to Live this Way? Faith

Is it Possible to Live this Way? Hope

Is it Possible to Live this Way?  Charity

Religious Awareness in Modern Man

A Generative Thought: The Movement of Communion and Liberation (ed. Eliza Buzzi)

Communion and Liberation:  A Movement in the Church (with Davide Rondoni)

"Books of the Christian Spirit" Series (available in English)

(This is the series founded in Italy by Fr. Luigi Giussani and directed by Fr. Julián Carrón)


God was made man. The unforeseeable became a real event: God made himself companion to men so that life might not be pointless. The Christian Spirit is the humanity of persons who are astounded and moved by this event. These books document this to a rare degree.

In them, a Christian spirit is revealed, with varying modes of expression and from different historical and psychological perspectives. A Christian spirit that is involved in discovering and verifying the reasonableness of faith within the circumstance of life. Thus, it is humanity that makes concrete its passion for life and its adherence to the drama of existence with a realism and depth that would otherwise be impossible.

Alighieri, Dante - The Divine Comedy

Benson, Robert Hugh - By What Authority?

de Cervantes, Jose Miguel - Don Quixote

Cesbron, Gilbert - It's Midnight, Dr. Schweitzer

Cesbron, Gilbert - The Innocents of Paris

Chesterton, G.K. - The Complete Father Brown

Claudel, Paul - The Tidings Brought to Mary

Corti, Eugenio - Few Returned: Twenty-Eight Days on the Russian Front

Dawson, Christopher - Religion and the Rise of Western Culture

Dawson, Christopher - The Formation of Christendom

Dostoevsky, Fyodor - The Brothers Karamazov (new Pevear/Volokhonsky translations of all Dostoevsky are highly recommended)

Dostoevsky, Fyodor - The Idiot

Eliot, T.S. - Murder in the Cathedral

Eliot, T.S. - The Complete Poems and Plays

Grossman, Vassily - Life and Fate

Ibsen, Henrik - Brand

Manzoni, Alessandro -The Betrothed

Moeller, Charles - Man and Salvation in Literature

Newman, John Henry - Apologia Pro Vita Sua

Niebuhr, Reinhold - The Nature and Destiny of Man

O'Connor, Flannery - The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor

Péguy, Charles - The Mystery of the Charity of Joan of Arc

Péguy, Charles - The Mystery of the Holy Innocents

Péguy, Charles - The Portal of the Mystery of Hope

Rops Daniel, Henri - Death, Where is Thy Victory?

Rosmini, Antonio - The Five Wounds of the Church

Shakespeare, William – Hamlet

Shakespeare, William - King Lear

Shakespeare, William - Measure for Measure

Undset, Sigrid - Kristin Lavransdatter

Van Der Meersch, Maxence - Bodies and Souls

Virgil - The Aeneid

Von le Fort, Gertrud - The Pope from the Ghetto

Von le Fort, Gertrud - The Song at the Scaffold

Waugh, Evelyn - Helena

de Wohl, Louis - The Last Crusade

de Wohl, Louis - The Living Wood

de Wohl, Louis - The Quiet Light

de Wohl Louis - Lay Siege to Heaven

Zweig, Stefan - Conqueror of the Seas: The Story of Magellan

Books Suggested by Communion and Liberation (available in English)

Albacete, Lorenzo - God at the Ritz

Benson, Robert Hugh - Lord of the World

Benson, Robert H. - The Friendship of Christ

Guareschi, Giovanni - Comrade Don Camillo

Lagerkvist, Par - Barabbas

Laurentin, Rene - Bernadette of Lourdes

Leclercq, Jean - A Second Look at St. Bernard

Leclercq, Jean - Women and St Bernard of Clairvaux

Lewis, C.S. - The Screwtape Letters

Lewis, C.S. - The Great Divorce

Marshall, Bruce - To Every Man a Penny

Marshall, Bruce - Fr. Malachy's Miracle

Martindale, Cyril - What are Saints?

Milosz, Oscar - Miguel Manara

Newman, John Henry - Meditations on Mary

Pernoud, Regine - Joan of Arc, by Herself and Her Witnesses

Rahner, Hugo - Church and State in Early Christianity

Ratzinger, Joseph - The Feast of Faith

Ratzinger, Joseph - To Look on Christ

Ratzinger, Joseph - Introduction to Christianity

Schonborn, Christoph - The Mystery of the Incarnation

Von Balthasar, Hans - Truth is Symphonic

Von Balthasar, Hans - You Crown the Year with Your Goodness

Books Suggested by Crossroads

Arendt, Hannah - Between Past and Future

Arendt, Hannah - The Life of the Mind

Arendt, Hannah - Men in Dark Times

Arendt, Hannah - On Violence

Arendt, Hannah - The Origins of Totalitarianism

Bernanos, Georges -The Diary of a Country Priest

Carrel, Alexis - Reflections on Life

Chesterton, G.K. - Orthodoxy

Chesterton, G.K. - The Man who was Thursday

Chesterton, G.K. - Saint Thomas, Saint Francis

Claudel, Paul - The Satin Slipper

Corti, Eugenio - The Red Horse

Danielou, Jean - The Lord of History

Dostoevsky, F. - Crime and Punishment

Dostoevsky, F. - Demons

Dawson, Christopher - The Historic Reality of Christian Culture

Greene, Graham - The End of the Affair

Greene, Graham - The Power and the Glory

Guardini, Romano - The End of the Modern World

Guardini, Romano - The Lord

Hemingway, E. - A Farewell to Arms

Hemingway, E. - The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, E. - For Whom the Bell Tolls

Lagerkvist, Par - Evening Land

Leopardi, Giacomo - Canti

Lewis, C.S. - The Four Loves

de Lubac, Henri - The Drama of Atheist Humanism

de Lubac, Henri - Catholicism: Christ and the Common Destiny of Man

Hamer, Jerome - The Church is a Communion

Mann, Thomas - Buddenbrooks

Mann, Thomas - Joseph and His Brothers

Mann, Thomas - Death in Venice and Other Stories

Marshall, Bruce - The World, the Flesh, and Father Smith

Montale, Eugenio - Cuttlefish Bones

Newman, John H. - Imperial Mission

O'Connor, Flannery - Mystery and Manners

O'Connor, Flannery - The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor

O'Connor, Flannery - Collected Works of Flannery O'Connor

Schonborn, Christoph - Living the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Pernoud, Regine - Those Terrible Middle Ages:  Debunking the Myths

Pernoud, Regine et. al. - Women in the Days of Cathedrals

Pernaud, Regine - The Crusaders

Rilke, Rainer Maria - Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God

Schnackenburg, Rudolf – The Gospel According to St. John

Sinyavsky, Andrey - Unguarded Thoughts

Solzenizyn, Alexander - Cancer Ward

Solzenizyn, Alexander - The Gulag Archipelago

Schurmann, Heinz - Praying with Christ: The "Our Father" for Today

Stark, Rodney - The Rise of Christianity

Stark, Rodney - The Victory of Reason