Q - If one of your friends (who is a voracious reader) came to you and said they were planning on enrolling in RCIA to at least learn about the Catholic Church (if not to become Catholic), but wanted some solid Catholic books to read in the mean time...which five books or so would you suggest to whet their appetite?
Remember the purpose is to help someone who isn't Catholic learn about the faith, so I don't want to overlap topics or kinds of books too much. Furthermore, The Holy Bible has to be the first and last book every Christian should read, so it doesn't even need to go on a list like this.
5 - Theology and Sanity. - Frank Sheed
4 - Humanae Vitae - Pope Paul VI
3 - The Faith of the Early Fathers. - Edited by W. A. Jurgens, 3 volumes,
2 - Catholic Christianity - Peter Kreeft
1 - Catechism of the Catholic Church
Others that almost made the list:
Surprised By Truth. edited - Patrick Madrid.
Ignatius Study Bible NT
The 4 Dogmatic Constitutions of Vatican II
How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization - Thomas Woods
Triumph - H. W. Crocker III
Good News About Sex and Marriage - Christopher West
The Imitation of Christ - Thomas a Kempis
The How-To Book of Catholic Devotions - Mike Aquilina
The How-To Book of The Mass - Michael Dubruiel
Catholicism for Dummies - Fr. John Trigilio
The Lord - Romano Guardini
By What Authority? - Mark Shea
Confessions - St. Augustine
Why Do Catholics Do That? - Kevin Orlin Johnson