Finding a Great Confirmation Gift

What to get as a Confirmation gift?…

Its always a tricky question, as the person being confirmed may already have Bibles, rosaries and prayer books which are always popular gifts. So why not try something a bit different?

Usually someone getting confirmed will take the name of a saint as a patron. If you know what name they are taking then a medal or icon of that saint is a great place to start.

If you prefer something that will entertain and help build faith, then the following books and films might spark your interest:



9780007461240The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis

Lewis imagines a senior devil writing to his nephew about all the ways to ensnare humans which is both humorous, and a forewarning for the reader of where temptations lie in life.

9780007157150Out of the Silent Planet – C.S. Lewis

The first book in C.S. Lewis’ lesser known sci-fi trilogy presents a cosmic vision  of worlds beyond ours, that an unfortunate holiday maker is forced to explore by some rather dubious interstellar explorers. However, the journey becomes a revelation of how the universe was intended to be before the fall of the devil.


9780007487288The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

You’ve probably seen the films, but the book has a simplicity and integrity that three films somehow managed to miss. You might also like to try Tolkien’s short story Leaf by Niggle



9781903858042I Am Margaret – Corinna Turner

The first book in a trilogy of dystopian Young Adult novels, set in a totalitarian Europe where Faith has been outlawed, and those deemed less than perfect are medically recycled to maintain the rest of the population. Into this culture walks Margaret Verall, determined in her own belief, and who proves that the pen is mightier than the sword.


9780486476865Quo Vadis – Henryk Sienkiewicz

If you can manage the language, Quo Vadis is a must-read. It is set in Ancient Rome during the time of Nero, and if you are a fan of Game of Thrones, you’ll enjoy this. If you’re not a fan, the message of love and sacrifice is a balm for the violence of Roman society.


The Bad Catholic’s Guide to Good Living – John Zmirak & Denise Matychowiak

A fun and slightly irreverent guide to the feasts and seasons of the year including activities and recipes inspired by the saints.

The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Anything – James Martin SJ

A practical and very readable guide to life based on the spirituality of St Ignatius.

The Pocket Guide to Sainthood – Jason Boyett

Unexpected and genuinely funny guide to saints throughout the ages.


Amazing Grace

amazing graceWe know William Wilberforce was technically a Presbyterian, but this film about the abolition of Slavery in England is outstanding. With fantastic performances from Ioan Gruffudd (The Fantastic Four, Hornblower) and Benedict Cumberbatch (who needs no introduction) as well as a supporting cast that includes Toby Jones, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Rufus Sewell and Ciaran Hinds, this film is about human dignity, and the courage to persevere in the face of persecution.

The Mission

the missionA tale of the struggle between Jesuit Missionaries and the Slave Traders and Colonisers of South America, told through the relationship of Jeremy Iron’s Fr Gabriel, and Robert de Niro’s slaver Mendoza, also featuring a very young Liam Neeson.

A Courageous Heart

courageous heartThe story of a social worker in Poland who rescued thousands of Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto, and remained silent even when



Molokai: The True Story of Father Damien

molokaiA very accurate account of Fr Damien and his inspiring ministry in the leper colony in Hawaii, starring David Wenham (Lord of the Rings, Van Helsing) as Fr Damien, with Derek Jacobi, Sam Neil and Peter O’Toole in supporting roles.


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