In this modern world, we are in, chastity is being neglected. Pornography, homosexual acts, pre-marital sex, adultery are prevalent that they become new normal. This is a challenge for us Catholics. We need to be beacons for those who are lost. I know it’s hard because some of us are also struggling with these mortal sins but as we try to fight against them, may we be witnesses that God can sustain us. If you are having a hard time being pure, I compiled some of the best Catholic books on chastity. These references could help you to shun the temptations of the flesh.
Here are the best Catholic Books on Chastity you can start reading now!
A Case for Chastity: The Way to Real Love and True Freedom for Catholic Teens
Author: Heather Marie Gallagher
It is in our teenage years that we are in a drastic transformation, physically, emotionally, and mentally. Puberty just hits! This stage is also vital because this is when questions on sexuality arise. This book is made to answer these questions factually!
It explains the value of chastity in a way that would help teenagers appreciate the beauty, depth, and richness of the gift of sexuality. The best part of the book is the compilation of testimonials by the teens who choose chastity highlighting its impact on their lives. Perfect for teens, parents, and young adults. Highly recommended!
Forged: 33 Days Toward Freedom
Author: Jason Evert and Matt Fradd
Are you a man struggling from lust? Troubled with any form of sexual addiction? This book is for you!
It is a step-by-step program helping men to increase discipline in fighting sexual temptations such as pornography and fornication. This book provides effective strategies to achieve lasting freedom from lust. It also helps in healing men who are in a constant war against the sin of the flesh, gradually removing the addiction and replacing it with a firm virtue of chastity. Great book!
Chastity Is for Lovers: Single, Happy, and (Still) a Virgin
Author: Arleen Spenceley
This piece is a first-place winner of the 2015 Catholic Press Award: Books for Teens and Young Adults. Arleen was able to discuss chastity in a funny and frank way. She uncovers what chastity is without sounding condemning.
The book provides practical examples of how to live a chaste life every single day whether you are single, married, or religious. It highlights Arleen’s testimony on living pure. Clarifying the Church’s teaching on sex. All with a sense of humor! This is good for all people from all walks of life. Excellent and inspiring to read!
If You Really Loved Me: 100 Questions on Dating, Relationships and Sexual Purity
Author: Jason Evert
Do you have tons of questions about sex as someone who is dating or in a relationship? Check this one out!
As the title suggests, this piece contains a compilation of a hundred questions commonly asked to Evert during his talks at different events about Chastity. From the most basic up to the more complex queries, Jason is able to answer them well. It is a good resource especially for teens, guiding them to maintain purity whatever vocation they would take in the future. Not only that! This book can also help parents, guardians, and educators explain to them the difference between love and lust. A catholic must-have. 5-star!
Theology of the Body for Beginners: Rediscovering the Meaning of Life, Love, Sex, and Gender
Author: Christopher West
This book is a succinct version of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body– a set of reflections of the saint which is based on scriptures containing a vision of the human person worthy of man, underscoring love as self-gift and encouraging reverence for sexuality.
Christopher introduces the topic in a simple and light way which is good for beginners. After reading this, you would have a different view on sexuality and human dignity. You would understand and value yourself more as a gift. It can transform you! If you are looking for the best catholic book on chastity, I’d recommend you to buy this one. A life-changing masterpiece. Thumbs up!
Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Reality and Found Peace
Author: Daniel Mattson
Are you struggling with same-sex attraction? This book is your perfect companion. It is about Daniel’s journey to and from a gay identity, finding peace in his true identity, as a man, made to live for God. Partly autobiography, philosophy of life, and a practical guide in living chastely, this book has references to the scriptures, Papal encyclicals, and Catechism.
Daniel put into light misconceptions on the Church’s teachings about homosexuality. It was brutally honest, courageous, compassionate, and encouraging. If you read only one book on same-sex attraction, it should be this one!
We are all in the same boat being tossed by the waves of sexual temptations but let this not bother us. With prayer, Sacraments, and consistent consumption of resources against impurity, we can win this battle!
There you have it. These are some of the best Catholic books on chastity. Have fun reading!
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