A ministry of Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids


Hours: Monday through Friday: 12:00 – 5:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
During the summer months of June, July and August the bookstore is closed Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For questions or additional information, please call the bookstore at 616.514.3312 or contact Sister Kathleen Przybylski 616.514.3354, or email Sister Kathleen at . Since our hours sometimes change from the norm, please check the specific date at the online Bookstore Calendar


Mother’s Day is May 10th! Celebrate mothers with a special cake!

Order forms are available in the Bookstore.



Consecrated Life


My Name is Ken and I Will be Your Waiter for a Long, Long, Time…


Between the Dark and the Daylight


Blessing Upon Blessing


Lessons from Pope Francis for Children


Silver Linings

Books on Pope Francis

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“God does not wait for us to go to him, but it is he who moves toward us, without calculation, without quantification. That is what God is like. He always takes the first step; he comes towards us.” Pope Francis offers a profound and compelling reflection on humanity’s needs for faith in his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei, which completes the work of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. Without the light of faith, he writes, “all other lights begin to dim.” Pope Francis is still hew to us, but in this biography you will get to know this man who became ope: a street priest at heart with a deep love for people and a pastor’s touch. HE teaches in word and deed the truths of he Church and God’s merciful love.
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“Brothers and Sisters, before the Bishop blesses teh people, I ask you to pray to God that He will bless your Bishop.” Written by Andrea Tornielli, one of the best, of not the best, Vatican reports alive. The Joy of the Gospel is a passionate call for every Christian to “be constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others.” In this apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis responds to the suggestions of the 2012 Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization by outlining a road map for the Church’s pastoral mission and work in the world. This book provides an attractive presentation of the ancient practice of lectio devina as a means of deepening one’s relationship with God and living the gospel. All who engage the ‘good news’ through this practice and with this guidebook will assuredly encounter the risen Christ in a new way.

General Interest Books for All Ages

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From the bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees comes Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings. This is the tale of one motherless daughter’s discovery of what family really means–and of the strange and wondrous places we find love. In his most intimate self-portrait, Robert J. Wicks–bestselling author of Riding the Dragon and respected spiritual guide, therapist, and speaker–reflects on childhood summers spent away from New York on his fmily’s farm. He mines those memories for lessons in finding contentment amidst hectic contemporary life. Reid takes the Sunday experience to every day with accessible weekly meditations on the Lectionary readings of the year. The collection of articles allows readers to meditate on the connection between the sacred text and their daily lives.
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Open this book and discover a treasure of 20 inspiring and emotional images of Christ in visual and written form, reflecting many times and cultures. You’ll find new ways to pray and new ways to know Jesus: The Way, The Truth, The Life. Sure, sometimes you feel as if all the pieces have been dumped out on the dining room table and there’s no way to get them to fit together. We all do. That’s why you must have confidence in the big picture. And that’s why you must learn to read the godwinks . . .those remarkable little things that happen to us all. Whether you’re starting out or starting over, it’s comforting to know that you’re never alone–God is watching and guiding your every step.
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A wise and sensitive dissenting voice, Grief Therapy demonstrates how the grieving process takes time and deserves attention. This classic guide, now in a newly updated edition, reassures those who grieve that out of their pain can come profound, transforming healing. (by Karen Katafiasz) Sandra Schneiders, IHM, weds her academic excellence with her passion for the vowed life to produce a body of work both brilliant in its insight and accessible to the reader. Completing her trilogy on Religious Life, Sandra illumines the relevance of poverty and obedience in the modern world. Macrina Wiederkehr, author of Seven Sacred Pauses, says of Rupp’s book: “In My Soul Feels Lean, Joyce Rupp offers us a key to the soul’s deep places of loss and restoration. Open the door to her poetry and come on in: there will be rugged lands and flowering meadows–luring you into prayer and reflection.”
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A coincidence–sometimes a silly little thing–changes the course of your day . . . or even your life. Is it chance, is it luck, or is God communicating with you? In this book, Rohr likens True Self to a diamond, buried deep within us, formed under the intense pressure of our lives that must be searched for, uncovered and separated from all the debris of ego that surrounds it.
The bookstore at Dominican Center supports the Dominican charism of study and reflection with an appropriate collection of books and materials for those who seek light and food for the journey. Browse, read and let yourself get caught up in learning, reflection and enjoyment of ancient sources and contemporary resources. There are several books on spirituality and contemporary life, along with an assortment of gifts, cards, candles and music.