Top 10 Autumn Reads at Knock Bookshop

As the days grow shorter and the evenings draw in, this is the ideal time of year to  catch up on some reading time. Knock Bookshop  has a fantastic selection of books to whet your appetite.  Here is  a taster for what’s on offer as we look at the top 10 recommended books at Knock Bookshop this season.  



The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis

Gerry O’Hanlon SJ

Price: €12.95

Pope Francis wants to bring about a quiet revolution within the Catholic Church. He wants a reformed church in which the `sense of the faithful’, the instinct of  baptised men and women, is given a role in the formation and reception of church teaching and governance.
The model is one of Jesus conversing with his male and female disciples in Palestine – a walking together of the People of God, a `synodal’ church. Irish Jesuit theologian Gerry O’Hanlon examines this ecclesiological project of Francis and the new roles within it of pope and bishops, theologians, and all the baptised.

Available to purchase from Knock Bookshop here



In Sinu Jesu – When Heart speaks to Heart

Price: €20.65

In 2007, Our Lord and Our Lady began to speak to the heart of a monk in the silence of adoration. He was prompted to write down what he received, and thus was born In Sinu Jesu, whose pages shine with an intense luminosity and heart-warming fervor that speak directly to the inner and outer needs of our time with a unique power to console and challenge.

Available to purchase from Knock Bookshop here





The Little Flower, St. Therese of Lisieux – The Irish Connection

By Úna O’Hagan & Colm Keane

Price: €14.99

St. Thérèse’s suffering as a nun, the bullying she experienced at school, and details of her tragic death from tuberculosis aged 24 are revealed in this groundbreaking book. You will read about her many miracles, including cures from cancer, arthritis and infertility.The Little Flower’s blueprint for a good and fulfilling life – her “little way” – is explained. Everybody is important, she said. Every little deed matters. Her philosophy is as relevant today as it ever was. This powerful and inspiring book gives you an intimate insight to one of Ireland’s favourite saints whose relics created a national sensation during their visit in 2001.

Available to purchase from Knock Bookshop here




An Astonishing Secret

 by Daniel O’Leary

Price: €14.99

Think well before starting on this book. It is an invitation. It will take you in many directions. Much of it may be new to you. But it will not be new to your heart. Your heart is already familiar with the mysteries we will be exploring. It will recognise the beauty. But your mind needs to escape from the frames and constraints of many past, flawed teachings. So keep your eyes wide open and free as you read. The book is a call to you to stretch your thoughts, emotions and imagination in many ways. There will be ideas about the world and God and yourself that will both trouble and delight your spirit. There will be resistance and confusion. There has to be. There is no other way to widen and deepen your faith-understanding. But it will transform your life.

Available to purchase  from Knock Bookshop here:



To Raise the Fallen

Compiled  & edited by Patrick Kenny

Price: €14.99

Dublin-born military chaplain Willie Doyle SJ died in action during the Battle of Passchendaele on 16 August 1917, having been hit by a German shell while rushing to the aid of wounded soldiers trapped in No Man’s Land.  In To Raise the Fallen, Patrick Kenny introduces readers to this remarkable figure from Irish Catholicism whose faith, courage and generosity in the face of untold devastation continues to inspire Christians and non-Christians alike.To Raise the Fallen comprises a selection of Willie Doyle’s rich and vivid letters from the front, alongside diary entries, prayers, spiritual writings and extracts from pamphlets on the vocational life that made him a publishing sensation across Europe in the early years of the twentieth century.  Available to purchase from Knock Bookshop here




Knock Prayer Book

By Fr. Richard Gibbons, Rector, Knock Shrine

Price: €14.99

The rector of Knock Shrine, Fr Richard Gibbons, has both written and personally chosen this collection of prayers which are inspired by the life lived in Knock and what Knock means to all the pilgrims, visitors, volunteers and parishioners that make up its story. They range from Novena prayers to Our Lady of Knock to prayers for workers, families, hospitality, healing, nature and even dogs!

This book is a resource for those who may not get the chance to pray, have forgotten how to or would just like something simple and accessible to help them journey along the pilgrim road of life.

Available to purchase at Knock Bookshop here




Pope Francis Our Father

By Pope Francis

Price: €11.99

Pope Francis illuminates the most important prayer in all Christianity, the Lord’s Prayer. Offering fresh insight for today’s reader, His Holiness explores the prayer’s importance in embracing social justice, benevolence and forgiveness.
This handsome keepsake edition offers words of encouragement and inspiration for all who seek hope and direction in our often tumultuous world.

Available to purchase  from Knock Bookshop here



Mystics : The Beauty of Prayer

By Craig Larkin SM

Price: €12.99

Mystics: The Beauty of Prayer provides a fascinating introduction to 20 mystics and spiritual teachers. 

A gifted teacher and communicator, Craig also offers a series of down-to-earth reflections on how these profound insights can transform our lives into the vibrant and passionate life the Gospels promises.

Available to purchase from Knock Bookshop here




Stories with Intent : A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus Second Edition

By Klyne R. Snodgrass

Price: €57.75

Winner of the 2009 Christianity Today Award for Biblical Studies, Stories with Intent offers pastors and students a comprehensive and accessible guide to Jesus’ parables. Klyne Snodgrass explores in vivid detail the historical context in which these stories were told, the part they played in Jesus’ overall message, and the ways in which they have been interpreted in the church and the academy.

Available to purchase from Knock Bookshop here




Pope Francis in Ireland Commemorative Souvenir Hard Back

Price: €24.99

This special commemorative book follows Pope Francis’ 2018 visit to Ireland, leaving pilgrims with a lasting souvenir of this historic papal visit to Dublin and Knock, as well as the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) events and the preparations which took place across the 26 dioceses on the island.

Available to purchase from Knock Bookshop here: