What to get as a Confirmation gift?…
If you prefer something that will entertain and help build faith, then the following books and films might spark your interest:
The 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.
Out 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.
The 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
I 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.
Quo 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.
We 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.
A 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.
The story of a social worker in Poland who rescued thousands of Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto, and remained silent even when
A 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.