There is a plethora of books on the market for people interested in Catholicism, though no “official” list is in existence. Some are simply catechisms in various forms, a few are more historical, and others are personal stories. It just depends on what a person is looking for (history, theology, conversion). I have compiled a short list of books that I have either read for school, and/or which I have in my collection, or in the parish library. Here is what I came up with:
Theology for Beginners – Frank Sheed. ISBN: 0-89283-124-3
The Meaning of Tradition – Yves Congar, O.P. with foreward by Avery Cardinal Dulles+. ISBN: 978-1-58617-021-9
The Truth of Catholicism – George Weigel. ISBN: 0-06-093758-0
Catholic and Christian: An Explanation of Commonly Misunderstood Catholic Beliefs – Alan Schreck. ISBN: 0-89283-181-2
Why Do Catholics Do That?: A Guide to the Teachings and Practices of the Catholic Church – Kevin O. Johnson, Ph.D. ISBN: 0-345-39726-6
The Catholic Imagination – Fr. Andrew Greeley. ISBN: 0-520-22085-4
Catholics and the Eucharist: A Scriptural Introduction – Stephen B. Clark. ISBN: 1-56955-133-2
Confessions of a Catholic – Michael Novak. ISBN: 0-8191-5023-1
It’s interesting to note that Cardinal Avery Dulles, a Cardinal who died in 2008, was also a convert. He wrote a book “A Testimonial to Grace,” which is rare and out of print, but it is an excellent read. He also wrote numerous other books, and was professor atFordham University. I found my copy of A Testimonial to Grace on “Alibris” for out of print/hard to find books. A Testimonial to Grace . New York: Sheed and Ward, 1946. Italian translation, 1959; Spanish translation, 1963.
In addition, I would also recommend the following Catechism, based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
United States Catechism of Catholic Church for Adults – this is a synthesis of the Catechism and provides modern day application, stories/examples, discussion questions, prayers, for adults in the U.S.