Possibly the greatest store on earth, at least to this bibliophile, is Loome Books in Minnesota. It is the largest theological bookstore in the nation, and if I could, I would have no problem with setting up a cot and just living there (although my wife might object). Who needs food when you’ve got Congar, Lossky, and Ratzinger to read?
In their latest e-catalog, they are promoting a list of books for “The Educated Layman.” The list include the following categories:
- Biblical Reference & Commentaries
- Catholic Recusancy in Great Britain (1559-1829)
- Fine Christian Art & Architecture
- Collected Lives of Saints
- Eastern Christianity
- General & Modern Church History
- Theological Reference Books
- Graeco-Roman Studies
- Liturgical Studies
- Books on the Mother of Our Lord
- Medieval Studies
- Christ and the Gospels, et al.
- Papal Teachings
- The Early Church
- Reformation & Counter-Reformation
- Second Vatican Council
- Dogmatics, Spiritual and General Theology
- Thomas Aquinas
- Canon Law
Just perusing the list is probably a near occasion of sin for me, as it creates an unhealthy desire for the goods of this world!