Books written by the Saints

who have proven they know the Way to Salvation...follow them.

Below you will find a list of wonderful books written by the saint to help guide us to Heaven. The greatest way to come to know The Way is, of course, from humble prayer and reading the Bible (God’s directions to Heaven), while wanting to amend our lives so to perfectly live God’s directions

But since the Bible is hard to understand at times, God has provided us with His Church (the catechism authored by the saints) and many saints with wonderful inspirational and educational spiritual direction, in books, so we can interpret The Word correctly, and learn how to grow into a life of true holiness that leads to Eternal Life. 

However, beware of books written by others who are not sanctified. This includes any books by non-sanctified “mistics” (young or old, recent or historic) who are writing revelations. MANY are NOT of God. They may look like divine inspiration and seem like great guidance, but many are of the anti-christ, disguised like a lamb, striving to lead us to our doom. 

Many other books are written by welling meaning people, who try to guide us correctly, but they lack the wisdom to do so. Therefore, please, avoid anything not authored by a saint or approved by a saint. These well meaning people, who write “Christian” books (especially today), are part of the reason we are in a time of great darkness and don’t know how to obtain Life. We have the blind leading the blind.

God gives fantastic wisdom and correct understanding of The Way to Heaven through His saints. They obtained the goal. If someone is lacking correct wisdom in any regard, they could in fact unknowingly lead us to our doom. We don’t want that. 

“A single bad book will be sufficient to cause the destruction of a monastery.” 

–St. Alphonosus 

If a saint hasn’t written it or recommended it, it would be wise to not read it. If after reading this web site, if we now realize we have been deceived in any way, then we know we still lack grace and can easily mistaken the truth for a lie and be lead astray. I know it is very hard to humbly admit we are suffering from blindness to the Truth, but coming to admit that is part of growing in humility, which is needed for salvation. Therefore, stick with reading the guidance from the saints, who we know found The Way!

Being misguided is something to be very concerned about, since we all have been. Sure, it is true, no one saint has perfect wisdom, and sometimes it can be quite hard to correctly understand what they are saying. However, there is no comparison with wisdom a sanctified person and that of any non-sanctified person, who hasn’t been given the correct light of wisdom. 

God gives fantastic wisdom to the saints to help guide us to the Light. Follow them!

Since our time is so valuable, don’t waste it watching TV or doing some other fruitless worldly thing, spend it reading the holy books by the saints (but not to excess)… seeking their wisdom and guidance towards the path of perfection–the Way to Heaven… so we won’t become misguided away from the path to Eternal Life and risk loosing it all.

“The harm that comes to souls from the lack of reading holy books makes me shudder… What power spiritual reading has to lead to a change of course, and to make even worldly people enter into the way of perfection.”    

 —St. Padre Pio

Please Don’t Misinterpret

When reading the books by the saints, we must be careful not misinterpret what they are saying. One way we misinterpret, is to think what the saints are saying is meant for us (at our current stage in our spiritual life) but it might be written for someone with more or less faith than we have.

Please look to see who the book was written for or at what stage in their spiritual journey the saint was in (especially if reading an autobiography) or who they are speaking with, so we can be less likely to misinterpret anything. Was their book written for someone who was struggling to obtain wisdom and fear of the Lord or was it written for someone already bound and determined to never sin again with wonderful fear and wisdom? Was the book written for someone close to sanctity or someone just beginning their journey in the faith? 

Sometimes we read writings from the saints before they had the true light of wisdom, and then think what they are doing is without sin. But please understand, the saints weren’t always saints and even saints sin. It isn’t until they obtain perfection that the sin ends. The saints had to work to leave sins and conform their lives to God’s will just like us, even if they had special gifts from God. 

Sometimes we read biographys about saints, but they are written by someone who doesn’t know the light of truth and depicts the saint doing something that simply isn’t true and actually pulls them away from God, so be especially careful when reading books not written by the actual saint. 

When a saint is writing guidance to another, those are the best books to read, but knowing who the audience each work was intended for will help us understand why the saints said what they did. 

Also, I caution everyone to avoid reading the translators/publisher notes, if possible. Some attempt to interpret the meaning of the saints words, which I find much of the time are not correct and/or don’t add anything to the understanding of the saint’s works but sadly distort its true meaning. 

But always remember, even though there is only one Way to Salvation, no two people will have the same spiritual direction because we are all at different places in our spiritual journey, with different struggles and needs. Therefore, we all need different guidance to climb the next step towards the Mount but yet, we all need the same guidance as well as there is only one Way.

Lastly, at times the translator himself, will error greatly and instead of writing the saints words, he will assume the saint is saying something different than what the saints has written, and the translator will write what he feels is best, losing the true meaning of the saints’ words.

Therefore, please keep all of this in mind and pray to the Holy Spirit to help us find where we are in our spiritual life and what guidance is best for us so we can move forward following the saints guidance as best we can. Then implement the saints direction and examples into our own lives accordingly, one small step at a time, as you “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). 

To gain understanding of The Way, always pray for the Holy Spirit to enlighten us before we begin reading. Plus, please re-read any of the saints works if we have read them once. We might not have had the grace to understand something when we first read the book, or God might have not opened up our minds to understand something one day, but in another, perhaps after we remove much sin and/or God enlightens us according to His will, we will see a great measure that we missed before.  

The list of the saints works below is of course just some of the wonderful works by the saints, but hopefully this will help move you along your way to a saving faith and sanctity. 

Now there are many publishers and interpretations of each saint book. Correct translation makes a difference. If you have ever read two different translations of a book, you will find the same story is being said in two very different ways… one way being better–or closer to the real message trying to be conveyed–than another. Therefore, a translator can easily misinterpret a truth and write a lie… please beware!

“It is good and necessary to read religious books, especially those written by the saints. Yes, one must read them and re-read them.”           
—St. Maximilian Kolbe


St. Bridget of Sweden

  • The Prophecies and Revelations  pdf

St. Anthony Mary Claret

  • Autobiography pdf
  • The Golden Key to Heaven pdf
  • La escala de Jacob (Español)  pdf

St. Francis de Sales

  • Introduction to the Devout Life   pdf
  • Treatise on the Love of God   pdf
  • Finding God’s Will for You   pdf
  • Practical Piety   pdf

St. Bernard of Clairvaux

  • The Steps of Humility and Pride   pdf
  • Selected Works   pdf
  • Sermons for Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter   pdf
  • On Loving God   pdf
  • Sermon on the Song of Songs
  • Letters
  • Lectures

St. Alphonosus

  • The Way of Salvation and of Perfection  pdf
  • The Way of Salvation pdf
  • The Incarnation, Birth, and Infancy of Jesus Christ;   pdf
  • The Holy Eucharist   pdf
  • Victories of the Martyrs   pdf
  • Dignity and Duties of the Priest   pdf
  • The True Spouse of Jesus Christ   pdf
  • How to Converse with God  pdf
  • Sermons for Sundays of the Year   pdf
  • History of Heresies   pdf
  • Preparation for Death   pdf
  • Uniformity with God’s Will   pdf
  • Maxims for Obtaining Perfection in the Love of Jesus Christ   pdf
  • Visits to the Most Holy Sacrament and the Blessed Virgin Mary   pdf
  • Way of the Cross   pdf

St Teresa of Avila

  • The Way of Perfection   pdf
  • The Interior Castle   pdf
  • Autobiography   pdf
  • Concepts of Love   pdf

St. Jean-Marie Baptiste Vianney

  • The Sermons of The Cure of Ars   pdf

St Maximilian Kolbe

  • Will to Love -Reflections for Daily Living   pdf

St. Robert Bellarmine

  • Art of Dying Well   pdf
  • Spiritual Writings   pdf

St. Catherine of Sienna

  • Dialogue with God the Father   pdf
  • Letters   pdf

St. Vincent Ferrer

  • The Spiritual Life pde

St. Josemaria Escariva

  • The Way  pdf
  • Furrow  pdf
  • The Forge  pdf
  • Friends of God  pdf
  • Christ is Passing by  pdf
  • In Love with the Church  pdf
  • Holy Rosary  pdf

St. Ignatius of Loyola

  • The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius  pdf
  • The Autobiography of St. Ignatius  pdf

St. Faustina Kowalska

  • Diary

St. Peter of Alcantara

  • Treatise on Prayer and Meditation

St. John Henry Newman

  • Selected Spiritual Writings

St. Benedict Joseph Labore

  • The Life of the Venerable Benedict Joseph Labre pdf

St. Louis de Montfort

  • Friends of the Cross
  • Love of Eternal Wisdom
  • True Devotion to Mary
  • God alone (all books)

St. Therese of Lisieux

  • Story of a Soul
  • Letters Vol. I & II

St. Ignatius of Antioch

  • The Seven Epistles
  • Letter to the Ephesians
  • Letter to the Romans
  • Letter to the Smyrnaeans

St. Francis of Assisi

  • Writtings
  • Rule

St. Boneventure

  • The Journey of the Mind Into God
  • The Mind’s Road to God
  • Mirror of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Work

St. Teresa Benedicta

  • The Science of the Cross
  • Collected Works of Edith Stein

St. John Baptist de La Salle

  • The Spirituality of Christian Education
  • Letters

St. John of Avila

  • Treatise on the Priesthood and the Love of God
  • Letters
  • Autobiography

St. Justin Martyr

  • SelectedWritings

St. Leonard of Port Maurice

  • The Hidden Treasure – Holy Mass
  • Counsels to Confessors

St. Margret Mary

  • Revelations of St. Mechtilde
  • Autobiography

St. John Chrysostom

  • On the Priesthood
  • Divine Liturgy
  • On Marriage and Family Life
  • On Wealth and Poverty
  • Providence of God
  • Letters to St. Olympia
  • Homilies on the Gospels
  • Homilies on the Old Testament
  • Complete Works

St. Vincent Ferrer

  • Treatise on the Spiritual Life

St. Anne Catherine Emmerich

  • Don’t read the works that are claimed to be hers…
  • There is no proof they are authentic; some of what is said is not in line with the other saints’ writings (proving they aren’t all hers). Plus, the books said to be hers were not even used, for that reason, when determining her conization. 
  • St. Theophan the Recluse (not canonized a Catholic saint) but his books are something I highly recommend reading. Normally, I would never recommend reading a book not by a Catholic saint, but he is a Catholic by how he lived and what he wrote about the faith is true. His teachings about the way to Heaven are the correct interpretation of the Catechism and are in accord with the other true saints. Perhaps God didn’t enlighten him during his life to how important it was to join the one faith that Christ founded, so the One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church that Jesus established can become united in bring souls to Life, even if its leaders were gravely sinning. But he (as far as I can tell from what I have read) has written the epitome of perfection of The Way to Heaven.
    Also, someone else claims they saw how in his private writings he did finally dedicate himself to the Catholic faith in his private logs (but I can’t verify this). However, following his works will lead to the same end with the saints.

             The Path to Salvation: A Manual of Spiritual Transformation
         The Spiritual Life and How to Be Attuned to It
         Turning the Heart to God

Thomas a Kempis (the only book I recommend, which is not authored by a saint–but saints have approved of this book)

  • Imitation of Christ

Most of the books are available on Amazon or from other book sellers. All links to saint books are from websites outside of Lifting Our Values in which we are not affiliated with. By creating these book links that in no way is meant to represent that Lifting Our Values is in approval or necessarily disapproval of any material on other web sites. The links are only intended to direct us to a free or paid source for such books. If the link expires simply search the web for the book title in “pdf” format and that will surely come up with other sources. Also, this isn’t necessarily a complete listing of any saints work, as I said, for example: St. Alphonosus authored 111 books. These are the more popular works of the saints. 

I want to send a warning, I have found that some books which a publisher or author claim are works by the saints are fraud. Beware! 

Plus, no matter how many books we read, if we don’t amend our life out of love for God and grow into a saving faith, we will still be damned. We must change our life.

“Of the making of many books there is no end, and in much study there is weariness for the flesh. The last word, when all is heard: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all; because God will bring to judgment every work, with all its hidden qualities, whether good or bad” (Ecclesiasties 12:14).

Therefore, please don’t get carried away with reading books…most knowledge and true wisdom comes from prayer and striving to live God’s Word (do His will), not books. God will use books to help motivate and enlighten us, for us to grow. They are good, but please read them sparingly and spend the rest of our time learning how to love God through prayer and His Word–trying to live His will perfectly. Personally, I only read about 30 mins a day for enrichment…some might be called to read more and some less, but too much of a good thing isn’t good any more. 

“[Looking at a library of holy books, St Therese de Lisieux stated to her sister] I should have only broken my poor little head and have lost the precious time which I have spent [if I read these books], instead, in loving God.”