Sophia Institute Press

While working on a project, I had occasion to use a good little book published by Sophia Institute Press.

I understand that this small publishing concern is having some problems keeping its activity going.

Would you take a moment and go to their site… look around at their books… and perhaps consider if you couldn’t find a gift for someone therein?

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  1. Cavaliere says:

    I’ve bought several of there books and the have done a nice job of re-printing some long out of date books. I wholeheartedly recommend The End of the Present World which is one of their featured books. It also has the recommendation of St. Therese so what more does one need.

  2. jbalza007 says:

    Two books I recently ordered from them: Fit for Eternal Life (K. Vost) and How to Raise Good Catholic Children (M. Newland). I might get another book or two (thanks Fr. Z for the heads-up!).

  3. Mike says:

    I recently purchased “The Aquinas Catechism,” which is a compilation of Aquinas’s Lenten homilies given on the Sacraments, the Creed, the Our Father, and the Hail Mary. It’s formatted in outline form and is very easy to follow. Ralph McInerny offers an introduction to the book. I would highly recommend it.

    Sophia Press (based in my hometown of Manchester, NH) does a wonderful job with their publications. One of my college professors was once an employee of Sophia Institute Press and is now a patristic scholar at St. Anselm College in NH.

  4. JuliB says:

    I’ve purchased from them in the past. You can also just make a small donation to help with their cash flow problems. I tossed them $10 because I had bought some books from them in January (I think I donated $10 then, too).

    I look at donating money to them as a way to fulfill the command to evangelize. While I have very little time, I can help others to do this job.

  5. Magpie says:

    I highly recommend the Spiritual Combat, as used by St Francis de Sales:

  6. ndmom says:

    I second “Spiritual Combat,” and would also recommend “The Hidden Power of Kindness.” If I had a Top Ten Spiritual Reading Books list, these would both be on it.

  7. Random Friar says:

    Thank you Fr. Z, Mike and Magpie! I just added “The Aquinas Catechism” and “Spiritual Combat” to my list! (Caveat: “Spiritual Combat” is on backorder until April 15).

  8. Random Friar says:

    On second thought, shame on you! Leading a Dominican into temptation! ;)

  9. Magpie says:

    I think that there is great need for local parish apostolates to promote the supply and reading of good catholic books among the people.

  10. kolbe1019 says:

    The Spirtual Combat is gold! I think I will order another copy. BTW Fr. Z I love the new mobile site. No problems logging in.

  11. Thomas S says:

    I have a question for anyone who knows the economics of publishing:

    What is the difference in profits for a publisher like Sophia Institute Press or TAN between buying one of their books directly from their website and buying the same book from

  12. JackG says:

    Thomas S: Amazon probably gets a 50%/55% discount leaving Sophia with revenue of $5.00/$4.50 on a $10.00 book. If they sell it from their site their revenue is $10.00. That’s the revenue scenario for one book.

    By selling to Amazon, they get the benefit for Amazon’s terrific marketing prowess so that their profit (vs revenues) in toto may be much higher due to the higher volume of sales.

  13. DominiSumus says:

    Publishers usually give retailers a discount between 10-40% so buying direct saves the publisher a lot of money. I am sure Amazon gets a larger discount from most publishers.

  14. Thomas S says:


    I’ll have to start making exceptions when possible for good Catholic publishers and buy direct.

  15. TomB says:

    I bought a book called “Bless Me Father, for I Have Kids” for a pregnant friend (someone you know, Fr. Z), and the Aquinas Lenten sermons for myself. I have some of their other books already, too.

  16. JGR says:

    I highly recommend “The Year and Our Children” by Mary Reed Newland for any family interested in practical ideas for living the liturgical year in your domestic church. It was the first book I bought when we started homeschooling, and I return to it from time to time even now, 10 years later.

  17. Agellius says:

    I did, Father, and I ordered something. I happened to need a birthday gift for my sister.

  18. wanda says:

    Browsed and ordered a gift for a special young lady who has asked me to be her Confirmation sponsor.

  19. Choirmaster says:

    Fr. Z,

    Could you produce an informal “wish list” for this site?

  20. Paul M says:

    Thanks for the heads-up, Father. It had been a while since I had ordered from them.

  21. I love these publishers!!! When I came back to the Church, I purchased several books from them, which then in turn led me to The Wanderer and to the EF. Will definitely buy from them now.

  22. Alphonsus Rodriguez says:

    I can recommend “Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know,” “Islam at the Gates: How Christendom Defeated the Ottoman Turks,” and “Christianity Pure and Simple.” These are paperbacks, but they are beautifully produced: nice paper, excellent page and cover design. And the content is, of course, excellent–great introductions to these subjects. I’m afraid several publishers of Catholic books are facing hard times. One of these is a company called Roman Catholic Books. They have just published “The Development of the Liturgical Reform” by Msgr. Nicola Giampietro, a book that would probably be of interest to just about everyone here.

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