Resource List for Confirmation Preparation

I’ve received several requests for a more detailed resource list for Confirmation preparation. This is a resource list for the Confirmation notebook.  Please bear in mind that this is a two-year project.  Some of the books have more mature content than others but are wholly appropriate for young adults on the verge of Confirmation. I begin with the less intense books and move to the others.  The success of this preparation rests solely on lots of discussion. When to begin preparation is really a matter of the parents’ discretion.  Some children will not be ready for this kind of study before they are well into the teen years.  Others will begin to ask questions and initiate discussions that indicate their readiness at twelve or thirteen.

Apologetics

A Philadelphia Catholic in King James’ Court (Kennedy)

Prove it! God (Wellborn)

Prove It! Church (Wellborn)

Prove It! Prayer (Wellborn)

Prove It! Jesus (Wellborn)

Did Adam and Eve have Belly Buttons? (Pinto)

Boys to Men (Gray and Martin)

You Can Become A Saint! (Budnik)


Mere Christianity (Lewis)

We’re On a Mission From God (Bonacci)

Rome Sweet Home (Hahn)

Surprised By Truth (Madrid)

Surprised By Truth II (Madrid)

Welcome Home (Claveau)

Your Questions: God’s Answers (Kreeft)

This IS My Body (Shea)

By What Authority? (Shea)

The Screwtape Letters (Lewis)

Real Love (Bonacci)

Witness To Hope (Wiegel)

Letters to  a Young Catholic (Weigel)

Catechism

For discussion:

Catholic Christianity (Kreeft)

For memory:

Things Every Catholic Should Know

For narration:

Prayer

The Apostle’s Creed

The Sacraments

The Ten Commandments

Church History

To be narrated:

God’s Merciful Love

A Life of Our Lord for Children (Hunt)

The First Christians (Hunt)

The Great Adventure (Cavins)

Salvation History (Hahn)

Mrs. Carroll’s History Sampler Series

Stories of the Saints

To be narrated: Vision Books for Youth

Comments

  1. Helene says

    Thank you! This is so great! I have a 13 year old this year and will be relying on the wisdom of veteran Moms as we begin our 2 year journey with Confirmation prep. Only one thing- mine’s a girl….would you add anything for her?

  2. Diane says

    Thanks so much for posting this helpful list, Elizabeth. I’m beginning this study with my dd this year and already had most of these on my list, but I’m glad to see a few extra ideas. I like the simplicity and practicality of the Ten Things Every Catholic Should Know (I’ve got some memory work to do myself!). She worked through God’s Merciful Love (excellent!) last year, and she’s already read the Marigold Hunt books, so we’re planning to use Christ With Us Now and Always this year.
    Great question, Helene! I plan to work through The Privilege of Being a Woman by Alice von Hildebrand with my dd. I’d love to hear other suggestions.

  3. Natalia says

    Elizabeth,
    We just found out that our church is going to start having confirmation in 8th grade instead of 9th. So my dd is going to be confirmed this year instead of next year. Could you help me select some books from your list that should not be missed?
    Thank you for sharing your wisdom,
    Natalia