Parents' Bookshelf - Reading Resources

Parents' Bookshelf is a collection of suggested reading for parents, and students, to help in the transition from home life to college life.  Possible concerns that you may have, and suggestions on how to handle them, can be found in our Villanova published Transitions, a Parent's Guide to Villanova, which you can download on the left.

You and Your Students   |   Your Sons and Daughters   |   Catholic Bookshelf

About You And Your College Students ... 

Almost Grown: Launching Your Child From High School to College
Patricia Pasick
W.W.Norton and Company, 1998

Countdown to College: Preparing Your Student for Success in the Collegiate Universe
Shawn Anderson
Blue Bird Publishing, 1997

How to Help Your Child Land the Right Job Without Being a Pain in the Neck
Nella Barkley
Workman Publishing, 1993

How to Survive Your Child's College Education: From Application to Graduation
Donald Baack
Citadel Press, 1997

Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years
Kevin Coburn and Madge Treeger
Harper Collins Publishers, 1997

Parents Carry a Full Credit Load Too: Parents and Students, The Partnership for Success in College
Richard Oxhandler
Kendell-Hunt Publishing, 1989

The College Guide for Parents

Charles Shields and Renee Gerand (eds.)
College Board Publications, 1994

The Parent's Crash Course in Career Planning: Helping Your Student Succeed
Marcia Harris and Sharon Jones
VGM Career Horizons, 1996

When Kids Go To College, A Parent's Guide to Changing Relationships
B. M. Newman and  P. R. Newman
Ohio State University, 1992

When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parent's Survival Guide

Carol Barkin
Avon Books, 1999

And For Your Sons and Daughters ...

As You Leave Home: Parting Thoughts From a Loving Parent
Jerry Jenkins
Focus on the Family Publishers, 1993

College Grad Job Hunter: Insider Techniques and tactics for Finding a Top-Paying Entry Level Job
Brian Krueger
Adams Media, 1998

College101: A First Year Reader
John Lawry
McGraw-Hill, 1998

Don't Wait Until You Graduate! How to Jump Start Your Career While Still in School
Keith Luscher
New Horizons Press, 1998

Graduate to Your Perfect Job in Six Easy Steps: Find Your Focus, Motivation, and Education
Jason Dorsey and Brad Armstrong
Golden Ladder Productions, 1997

How to Get a Good Degree: Making the Most of Your Time at the University
Phillip Race
Open University Press, 1999

Hire Education: What Every College Grad Should Know About Landing That First Job
John Hobart
Lighthouse Point Press, 1998

Major in Success: Make College Easier, Beat the System, and Get a Very Good Job
Patrick Combs
Ten Speed Press, 1998

101 Things a College Girl Should Know, From a Big Sister Who's Been There
Stephanie Edwards
Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1996

101 Things a College Guy Should Know
Stephanie Edwards
Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1998

Reaching Your Full Potential: Success in College and Life
Willie Brown
Prentice Hall, 1998

Ready for College: Doing Laundry, Writing Papers, Keeping Your Faith, Passing Exams, Avoiding Alcohol, Making Friends, Going on Dates ....
Michael Pennock
Ave Maria Press, 1997

Right From the Start: Taking Charge of Your College Success
Robert Holkeboer and Laurie Walker
Wadsworth Publishing, 1998

Take Control of Your Student Loan Debt
Robin Leonard and Shae Irving
Nolo Press, 1999

The Art of Academic Finesse: How Ordinary Students Achieve Extraordinary Grades
Eric Evans
Hohm Press, 1998

The Consumer Student: Being Your Best at College and Life
Carl Wahlstrom and Brian Williams
Wadsworth Publishing, 1997

The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior During the University Years
Steven Garber
Intervarsity Press, 1997

The Guerrilla Guide to Mastering Student Loan Debt

Anne Stockwell
Harper Collings Publishers, 1997

A Catholic Bookshelf for Students and Parents

Spiritual Growth

Awakening Your Soul to the Presence of God: How to Walk With Him Daily and Dwell in Friendship With Him Forever
Killian Healy - September, 1999

A Good News Spirituality
John Burke
Paulist Press - June, 2000

An Evening Walk: Steps Toward Wisdom and Grace
Cathleen Curry
Ave Maria Press - July, 1999

Guided Meditations on Discipleship: Readiness, Faithfulness, Conviction & Transformation
Jane Ayer
St. Mary's Press - April, 2000

Prayer for Beginners
Peter Kreeft
Ignatius Press - March, 2000

Starting Out: Reflections for Young People
Patrick Reardon
May, 2000

Taming the Restless Heart: How to Know God's Will and Dwell in the Peace It Brings
Gerald Vann
December, 1999

The How To Book of Catholic Devotions: Everything You Need to Know but No One Ever Taught You
Mike Aquilina, Regis Flaherty, Lisa Grote
March, 2000


Being Catholic Today: Your Personal Guide with Questions for Reflection and Action Ideas
Servant Publications - June, 1998

Becoming Catholic: Even if You Happen to Be One
James Killgallon

The Catholic Experience
Bernard Lee, William D'Antonio, Virgillo Elizondo
Paulist Press - May, 2000

Catholic Means Universal: Integrating Spirituality and Religion
David Richo
February, 2000

I Like Being Catholic: Treasured Traditions, Rituals, and Stories
Michael Leach & Therese Johnson Borchard
Doubleday Publisher - October, 2000

Ten Good Reasons to Be Catholic
Jim Auer
Liquori Publications - July, 1987

Ten More Good Reasons to Be Catholic
Jim Auer
Liquori Publications - December, 1999

What It Means to Be Catholic
Joseph Champlin, & Clare Gonzalez
St. Anthony Messenger Press - March, 1999

Why I Am Still a Catholic?
Kevin Ryan and Marilyn Ryan (eds.)
Riverhead Books - May, 1998

You Know You're A Catholic When ....
Keith Fraudorf
Creative Niche Publishing - March, 1994

Catholic Morality

Forming a Catholic Conscience
James Hogan, Michael Pennock
Ave Maria Press - July, 1999

Pure Heart - Clear Conscience: Living a Catholic Moral Life
James Keating
Our Sunday Visitor Press - March, 1999

Walking in Virtue: Moral Decisions and Spiritual Growth in Daily Life
John Crossin
Paulist Press - January, 1999

Catholic Social Teaching

An Introduction to Catholic Social Justice
Roger Charles
Ignatius Press - March, 2000

Giving and Growing: A Student's Guide for Service Projects
Frances O'Connell & Robert Stamschror
St. Mary's Press - May, 1999

Living Justice: Catholic Social Teaching in Action
Thomas Massaro
May, 2000

Pillars of Catholic Social Teaching: A Brief Social Catechism
Perry Roets
International Scholars Press - October, 1999

The Evangelizing Catholic: A Practical Handbook for Reaching Out
Frank Deslano
Paulist Press - January, 1999

Titles for Catholic Parents

Catholic Answers for Catholic Parents
Maria Compton-Hernadez
St. Andrew's Productions - February, 2000

Guiltless Catholic Parenting From A to Y: Nobody Knows Everything There Is To Know*
Bert Ghezzi
Charis Books - July, 1995

Parenting with Grace: Catholic Parent's Guide to Raising Almost Perfect Kids
Gregory & Lisa Popcak
Our Sunday Visitor - March, 2000

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