Benedict XVI

Books by Benedict XVI

Benedict XVI now pope emeritus in prayer (2010)

Benedict XVI praying

Reading books by Benedict XVI  – The Benedict Project

Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger

Born              April 16, 1927 (Bavaria, Germany)

Currently       Pope Emeritus

Occupation    Priest, theologian, professor, Pope

Works            Jesus of Nazareth triliogy

How I became a “Benedict baby”

Then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger played a major role in my conversion to Catholicism. I watched EWTN’s nonstop coverage of Pope John Paul II’s funeral that included the homily given by Cardinal Ratzinger. I’d never heard the man or read any of his work. When he finished, I remember thinking Wow! In that moment I knew I would join the Catholic church. You can’t imagine how happy I was to see him greet the people in Rome as the new pope. I am a true Benedict baby.

It took a couple more years and nine months of RCIA but I became a Catholic in 2010.  Pope Benedict XVI remained a constant influence as I continued my walk to Rome. For all those reasons and more, that is why I’ve chosen to make the work of Benedict XVI a major reading project. It is only fitting that I begin my walk with Benedict XVI during the Year of Faith.

How Benedict XVI inspired my Catholic spiritual reading plan

Pope Benedict XVI on election 2005

Benedict XVI

Joseph Ratzinger was born and spent his childhood in Germany. I spent my early childhood in Germany, too. There any similarities end. He went on to become a priest in the Catholic Church and rose to the rank of Cardinal before being elected Pope in 2005 after Pope John Paul II’s death.

From that point on, as I said, he became a strong influence over my conversion. I loved that he had such a heart for books as a reader and as a writer. The way he spoke of a combined faith and reason inspired me. I began to gather books by Benedict XVI.

Pope’s resignation spurs reading plan

I had already put my Benedict reading plan in motion when he announced his resignation in February 2013. My interest has only increased: I’ve started this blog, begun a lifelong Catholic reading plan, and created this project.

Complete list of books by Benedict XVI

The rather loose goal is to read 50 of his books within 5 years. I will write reviews as part of my blogging and link up the reviews here, too.

Good book to begin reading Benedict XVI

Start the day with Benedict XVI

Finished: 1/50+

FYI: Titles and cover images are Amazon affiliate links. I will receive a small commission should you decide to buy the book.

This is a chronological list although I don’t plan to read the works in order. The highlighted books are already in my library. I will review the finished books and provide a link here.

  • Theological Highlights of Vatican II. New York: Paulist Press. 1966 (1963). ISBN 978-0-8091-4610-9
  • Introduction to Christianity. London: Burns & Oats. 1968 (1968). ISBN 978-0-223-97705-1.
  • Faith and Future. Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press. 1971 (1970). ISBN 978-1-58617-219-0.
  • The God of Jesus Christ: Meditations on the Triune God. Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press. 1978 (1977). ISBN 978-1-58617-184-1.
  • Daughter Zion: Meditations on the Church’s Marian Belief. Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press. 1983 (1977). ISBN 978-0-89870-026-8.
  • Dogma and Preaching. Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press. 1985 (1973). ISBN 978-1-58617-327-2.
  • Principles of Christian Morality. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 1986 (1975). ISBN 978-0-89870-086-2.
  • Feast of Faith: Approaches to a Theology of the Liturgy. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 1986 (1981). ISBN 978-0-89870-056-5.
  • The Ratzinger Report: An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 1986 (1985). ISBN 978-0-89870-080-0.
  • Seek That Which Is Above: Meditations through the Year. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 1986 (1985). ISBN 978-1-58617-187-2.
  • Behold the Pierced One: An Approach to a Spiritual Christology. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 1986 (1984). ISBN 978-0-89870-087-9.
  • The Blessing of Christmas: Meditations for the Season. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 1986. ISBN 978-1-58617-172-8.
  • Principles of Catholic Theology: Building Stones for a Fundamental Theology. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 1987 (1982). ISBN 978-0-89870-215-6.
  • Eschatology: Death and Eternal Life. Washington DC: Catholic University of America Press. 1988 (1977). ISBN 978-0-8132-1516-7.
  • Church, Ecumenism and Politics: New Essays in Ecclesiology. New York: Crossroad. 1988 (1987). ISBN 978-1-58617-217-6.
  • Ministers of Your Joy: Scriptural Meditations on Priestly Spirituality. Ann Arbor: Redeemer Books. 1989 (1988). ISBN 978-0-89283-654-3.
  • The Theology of History in St. Bonaventure. Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press. 1989 (1959). ISBN 978-0-8199-0415-7.
  • To Look on Christ: Exercises in Faith, Hope, and Love. New York: Crossroad. 1991 (1989). ISBN 978-0-8245-1064-0.
  • A Turning Point for Europe?. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 1994 (1991). ISBN 978-1-58617-349-4.
  • The Nature and Mission of Theology: Essays to Orient Theology in Today’s Debates. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 1995 (1993). ISBN 978-0-89870-538-6.
  • In the Beginning…: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing. 1995 (1986). ISBN 978-0-8028-4106-3.
  • Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 1996 (1991). ISBN 978-0-89870-578-2.
  • A New Song for the Lord: Faith in Christ in Liturgy Today. New York: Crossroad. 1997 (1995). ISBN 978-0-8245-1536-2.
  • Salt of the Earth: The Church at the End of the Millennium. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 1997 (1996). ISBN 978-0-89870-640-6.
  • Milestones: Memoirs 1927–1977. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 1998 (1997). ISBN 978-0-89870-702-1.
  • Many Religions, One Covenant: Israel, the Church, and the World. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 1999 (1997). ISBN 978-0-89870-753-3.
  • The Spirit of the Liturgy. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2000 (2000). ISBN 978-0-89870-784-7.
  • God and the World. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2002 (2000). ISBN 978-0-89870-868-4.
  • God Is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2003 (2001). ISBN 978-0-89870-962-9.
  • Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2004 (2003). ISBN 978-1-58617-035-6.
  • Introduction to Christianity (revised edition). San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2004 (1968). ISBN 978-1-58617-029-5.
  • Pilgrim Fellowship of Faith: The Church as Communion. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2005 (2002). ISBN 978-0-89870-963-6.
  • Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Washington DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 2005. ISBN 978-1-57455-720-6.
  • Mary: The Church at the Source. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2005 (1997). ISBN 978-1-58617-018-9.
  • Way of the Cross. Boston: Pauline Books & Media. 2005. ISBN 978-0-8198-8308-7.
  • On the Way to Jesus Christ. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2005. ISBN 978-1-58617-124-7.
  • Christianity and the Crisis of Cultures. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2006 (2005). ISBN 978-1-58617-142-1.
  • Handing on the Faith in an Age of Disbelief. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2006 (1983). ISBN 978-1-58617-143-8.
  • Images of Hope: Meditations on Major Feasts. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2006 (1997). ISBN 978-0-89870-964-3.
  • God’s Revolution: Pope Benedict XVI’s Cologne Talks. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2006 (2004). ISBN 978-1-58617-145-2.
  • Values in a Time of Upheaval. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2006 (2004). ISBN 978-0-8245-2373-2.
  • God Is Love: Deus Caritas Est. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2006 (2006). ISBN 978-1-58617-163-6.
  • What It Means to Be a Christian. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2006 (1965). ISBN 978-1-58617-133-9.
  • Without Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam. San Francisco: Basic Books. 2006. ISBN 978-0-465-00627-4.
  • On Conscience. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2007 (1984). ISBN 978-1-58617-160-5.
  • Europe: Today and Tomorrow. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2007 (2004). ISBN 978-1-58617-134-6.
  • New Outpourings of the Spirit. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2007 (2006). ISBN 978-1-58617-181-0.
  • Jesus of Nazareth. New York: Doubleday. 2007 (2007). ISBN 978-0-385-52341-7.
  • Jesus, the Apostles, and the Early Church. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2007. ISBN 978-1-58617-220-6.
  • God’s Word: Scripture, Tradition, Office. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2008 (2005). ISBN 978-1-58617-179-7.
  • Saved in Hope: Spe Salvi. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2008 (2007). ISBN 978-1-58617-251-0.
  • The Fathers. Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor. 2008. ISBN 978-1-59276-440-2.
  • Church Fathers: From Clement of Rome to Augustine. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2008. ISBN 978-1-58617-245-9.
  • Charity in Truth: Caritas in Veritate. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2009 (2009). ISBN 978-1-58617-280-0.
  • Saint Paul. Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor. 2009 (2009). ISBN 978-1-58617-367-8.
  • The Joy of Knowing Christ: Meditations on the Gospels. Frederick: Word Among Us Press. 2009. ISBN 978-1-59325-151-2.
  • Light of the World: The Pope, The Church, and the Signs of the Times. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2010. ISBN 978-1-58617-606-8.
  • The Fathers, Volume II. Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor. 2010. ISBN 978-1-59276-783-0.
  • The Apostles. Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor. 2010. ISBN 978-1-59276-799-1.
  • The Virtues. Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor. 2010. ISBN 978-1-59276-794-6.
  • Great Teachers. Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor. 2011. ISBN 978-1-59276-536-2.
  • Holiness Is Always in Season. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2011. ISBN 978-1-58617-444-6.
  • Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week. Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor. 2011. ISBN 978-1-58617-500-9.
  • Holy Women. Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor. 2011. ISBN 978-1-61278-510-3.
  • Doctors of the Church. Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor. 2011. ISBN 978-1-61278-576-9.
  • Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives. Colorado Springs: Image Books. 2012. ISBN 9780385346405.
  • The Faith. Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor. 2013. ISBN 978-1612786674.
  • Prayer. Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor. 2013. ISBN 978-1612787091.
  • A School of Prayer: The Saints Show us How to Pray. Ignatius Press. 2013. ISBN 978-1586176945. – Reading now 2013

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