Here are some Orbis must-haves at discounted prices to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Orbis Books.

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Letters from the Desert | Carlo Carretto

After a career as a prominent Catholic activist, Carlo Carretto was summoned by a voice that said: “Leave everything, come with me into the desert. I don’t want your action any longer, I want your prayer, your love.” So Carretto left for North Africa, where he joined the Little Brothers of Jesus and embraced the example of Charles de Foucauld. Letters from the Desert is one of the fruits of his calling with an affirmative message that has inspired countless readers reminding us, simply, that in the evening of our lives we will be judged on love.
#431-9 $18.00 Anniversary Price: $9.50

We Drink from Our Own Wells | Gustavo Gutiérrez

Starting from St. Bernard of Clairvaux’s counsel to root spirituality in one’s own experience, Gutiérrez outlines the contours of a spirituality rooted in the experience of the poor and their struggle for life. We Drink from Our Own Wells offers a profound reflection on the road to holiness, the passage of a people through the solitude and dangers of the desert, as it carves out its own way in following Jesus Christ.

#496-8 $24.00 Anniversary Price: $12.00


Adam: God’s Beloved | Henri Nouwen

When Henri Nouwen learned of the death of his friend Adam, a severely handicapped young man from the L’Arche Daybreak Community, he wrote this, what would be his final book. Adam could not speak or even move without assistance. Gripped by frequent seizures, he spent his life in obscurity. And yet, for Nouwen, Adam became “my friend, my teacher, and my guide.” Adam led Nouwen to a new understanding of his faith and what it means to be beloved of God.
#994-9 $21.00 Anniversary Price: $10.50

I Am Indeed Your Brother | Bob McCahill, MM

Maryknoll Father Bob McCahill lives his mission as a friend and brother to his Muslim neighbors in Bangladesh. Known to them as Brother Bob, he lives a life of utter simplicity, serving the sick, and explaining to all those who inquire the reason for his way of life and good works: Jesus Christ.

Item 296-3 $20.00 $10.00




This Our Exile | James Martin, SJ

The first book by the best-selling author recalls his time as a young Jesuit working with refugees in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. “A can’t-put-it-down page-turner … You will learn about sorrow and injustice on a scale you can scarcely imagine. But you will also witness the triumph of faith and love and the human spirit.”—Catholic News Service

Item 923-9  $19.00 $9.50


Martyrs of Hope | Donna Whitson Brett & Edward T. Brett

Recalls the riveting and troubling story of the heroic witness of seven U.S. missionaries in Central America: Maryknoll Sisters Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, and Carla Piette; Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel, Lay Missioner Jean Donovan, and Blessed Stanley Rother and James Miller. They held a common faith and hope, to better the lives of the poor among whom they lived and worked.

Item 293-2 $25.00 $12.50


Rejoice and Be Glad: On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World | Pope Francis

Here Pope Francis offers an inspiring reminder of the mission that confronts each Christian: to discover and live out “the message that God wants to speak to the world” by our lives. This edition includes reflections by Robert Ellsberg, publisher of Orbis Books, and James Martin, SJ, author of My Life with the Saints.

Item 305-2 $16.00 $8.00


Orbis anniversary sidebarA Stranger and You Welcomed Me: A Call to Mercy and Solidarity with Migrants and Refugees | Pope Francis

In this collection of his writings and sermons, Pope Francis calls on everyone to understand the root causes of the mass movement of peoples, and to act with compassion and solidarity in response to their sufferings, remembering Jesus’ words: “What you have done to the least of my brothers, you have done to me.” (Matthew 25:40)

Item 303-8 $18.00 $9.00


Orbis anniversary sidebarBeloved Amazonia | Pope Francis

Includes the texts of both Querida Amazonia and the Final Document of the Synod, which Pope Francis has commended to the attention of the Church and the world, urging that they both be studied together. Also included: the working document that laid out the themes for the synod, the pope’s homily from the opening Mass, an Introduction by journalist Christopher Lamb, and commentary by Cardinal Czerny.

Item 402-8 $18.00 $9.00






To learn more about this Golden Anniversary, go to this feature story.