A Passion for Writing
Matthew Kelly is one of the most read authors of our times. His books have been published in more than 25 languages, have appeared on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists, and have sold more than 50 million copies.
The Rocking Chair Prophet (2023)
There is a voice within you.
The Rocking Chair Prophet is a rich exploration of life and the human condition. It’s an invitation to rediscover yourself and reorient your life. Matthew Kelly has masterfully woven into the story a piercing wisdom that is thought-provoking on a life-changing scale. It is stunning that one book can have something so meaningful to say on so many topics. This is destined to be a book readers return to time and again, a book that speaks to us anew in every season of life.
The Fourth Quarter of Your Life: Embracing What Matters Most (2023)
Whether you are in the fourth quarter of life or not, this book will change the way you live the rest of your life.
Intentionality is the key to successful fourth quarter living. People don’t accidentally age gracefully. People don’t accidentally die peacefully. And people don’t accidentally leave behind legacies of hope, love, and encouragement. These all require the intentionality this book will help you develop.
It is never too early to think seriously about what matters most. Many readers will wish they had been exposed to these ideas earlier in life, even those who are not yet in their fourth quarter.
Everybody Evangelizes About Something (2022)
Everybody evangelizes about something. Some people evangelize about their favorite restaurant or vacation destination, others about music or a movie, some about their new iPhone, and still others, about a politician or political agenda. Everybody evangelizes about something, and everyone is a disciple of something or someone.
This is the heart of Matthew Kelly’s message in this book. It begins with his presentation at a Vatican summit to discuss the challenges of sharing the Gospel today. His words and bold and insightful.
Holy Moments (2022)
You have so much more to offer. You know it. You have sensed it for some time now. This sacred truth has been bubbling up in your soul. But you have never known quite what to do about it. All that is about to change. Some ideas are so powerful that simply becoming aware of them, changes our lives forever. Holy Moments is such an idea. It is profoundly simple, astonishingly practical, and once you discover it, your life will finally make sense. It’s time to let Holy Moments show you what is possible. It’s time to explore your soul-potential.
Difficult Teachings (2022)
Jesus spoke to the people in beautiful parables and beatitudes to encourage and comfort but every teaching challenged every listener.
What’s the hardest part about following Jesus? What teaching do you find particularly hard to live?
Explore 40 of Jesus' most difficult teachings with Matthew Kelly. Here's a sampling: Love Your Enemies. Do Not Worry. Do Not Be Afraid. The Narrow Path. Deny Yourself. Hell is Real. The Paradoxical Path. Sell What You Own. I Am the Way. What You Do for the Least.
In a world that is confused about just about everything, the clarity of the Gospel is needed more than ever before. We are all being called to live the Gospel more fully than ever before.
The Generosity Habit (2021)
Matthew Kelly's books and ideas have been inspiring men, women, and children of all ages for thirty years. Now he directs our attention toward a single idea that has the power to inject our lives with limitless meaning and purpose, while at the same time transforming the world. That single idea: generosity.
The Generosity Habit is built on a simple and profound principle: give something away every day. It doesn’t need to be money or material things. It could be complimenting a stranger, teaching someone how to do something, spreading a positive message, helping someone who is in a hurry, or simply smiling at someone generously. In fact, the philosophy behind the generosity habit rests on this singular truth: You don’t need money or material possessions to live a life of staggering generosity.
The Velveteen Rabbit (2021)
"Once you are real, you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always."
We all pretend from time to time. Driven by a desire to create or maintain a certain image, we pretend to be more or different than who we actually are. We seem more interested in pretending to live interesting lives than actually living interesting lives.
One hundred years ago, Margery Williams saw the human condition so clearly that her story, The Velveteen Rabbit, has been embraced more with every passing generation. Perhaps that is because our need to become real has grown greater with each year.
Anyone or anything that prevents you from becoming real is simply too small for you. There is one question the little rabbit doesn't ask the skin horse that seems ever-present in the human consciousness: How do we know when we have become real?
You become real when you realize that you are enough.
We don’t see most of the possibilities that cross our paths. We are too focused on a handful of possibilities that we think are the only ones available to us. So we limit our hearts, we limit our minds, and we limit our souls—and as a result, we limit our lives.
For 25 years, Matthew Kelly has been inspiring men, women, and children of all ages to explore amazing possibilities. He has helped people to discover new possibilities in every area of life and now it is your turn. What area of your life is most in need of new and amazing possibilities?
Life Is Messy (2021)
It isn't a color-within-the-lines exercise. It's a wild and outrageous invitation full of uncertain outcomes. The mess of life is both inevitable and unexpected. It is filled with delightful mysteries and frustrating predicaments. In our disposable culture, we throw broken thinks away. So, what will we do with broken people, broken relationships, broken institutions, broke families, and of course, our very own broken selves?
We are broken and wounded. This book is about putting our lives back together, and allowing ourselves to be put back together, when life doesn't turn out as we expected it to.
Life Is Messy Journal (2021)
The Life Is Messy Journal can help you see that the answer to this question is "Yes!" As you will soon discover, arriving at this conviction will be no easy feat. The journal in your hands will be your own messy and imperfect grappling with this question. If at any point you find yourself lost, confused, or disoriented, return to this question. It is the North Star we are exploring. Whatever topic we are discussing in the pages ahead, though they are vast and varied, we will never be far from this question.
Nothing Is Random (2022)
The Old, The New, and The Enduring Ideas in Business
A new decade just began. How much time did you give to pondering the decade ahead? Are we better or worse off for not pausing to ponder the new decade and all its possibilities? I'd say considerably worse off. Here’s why: The period of time we think most about has an enormous impact on our lives.
Take an hour. Write down your hopes and dreams for this year, for the next five years and for the next 10 years.
Dig The Well Before You Get Thirsty
The Ultimate Prayer Journal to Prepare for the Inevitable and Explore the Possible
If you ever wondered how Matthew Kelly has been able to write and speak the way he has over the past three decades, he is about to share his secret with you. As he shares what transformed his life, along with intimate details of his own journey and struggle, he teaches us how to apply the great spiritual lessons learned to our own lives.
At every turn he floods the reader with hope and demonstrates unmistakably that the best is yet to come!
365 Days of Inspiration
We live in a world of unlimited possibilities, but too often we get caught up in the day-to-day realities of life and the hustle and bustle of the world and lose sight of all that is possible.
We don't see most of the possibilities that cross our paths. We are too focused on a handful of possibilities that we think are the only ones available to us. So we limit our hearts, we limit our minds . . .
Amazing Possibilities (2020)
Insight from Famous Writers to Keep You Writing 365 Days a Year
Anyone who has ever tried to write regularly knows how difficult it can be at times. Getting started is perhaps the hardest part of all. We all need to be inspired from time to time, or perhaps it is that we all need a little inspiration every day.
This is a collection of inspirational and educational quotes from hundreds of writers designed to provide the daily inspiration required to start writing, to keep writing . . .
Writers Inspiring Writers (2020)
A Practical Guide to Life's Essential Daily Habit
Is Your Life Working?
Most of us are trying to put together the jigsaw puzzle we call life without a very important piece. Over time this becomes incredibly frustrating. In this extraordinary book, Matthew Kelly powerfully demonstrates that we cannot live the life we have imagined, or experience the joy we yearn for, unless we learn to tend the soul. From there, with his classic style of practical wisdom, he teaches us how to remedy this problem.
I Heard God Laugh (2020)
The Essential Teachings of Mother Theresa 365 Daily Reflections
Do Something Beautiful for God is Mother Teresa's enduring invitation and challenge to the world. This is not an abstract invitation but a deeply personal and intimate one. There is so much happening in the world and so much happening within our own hearts, minds, and souls. All this makes it is easy to lose sight of what matters most and get absorbed in what matters least.
Do Something Beautiful for God (2019)
Rediscover the Saints (2019)
Twenty-Five Questions that Will Change Your Life
Throughout your life the saints have always been there, asking questions, providing answers, encouraging you and challenging you. In these pages, Matthew Kelly explores how various saints have come in an out of his life at different times for different reasons, and teaches you how to trace the presence of the saints in your life all the way back to when you were born. By recognizing that the saints have always been swirling around us, we learn to recognize the powerful presence in our lives now and in the future.
In a World Where You Can Be
Anything . . . (2019)
Matthew Kelly has emerged as one of the great thought leaders of our times. His enormous success as an author, speaker, consultant, and thought-leader are the result of his comprehensive worldview surrounding the concept that we are each here to become the-very-best-version-of-ourselves.
His worldview elevates every aspect of life from relationships to work, parenting and spirituality, to health, finance, and beyond . . .
The Culture Solution (2019)
A Practical Guide to Building a Dynamic Culture so People Love Coming to Work and Accomplishing Great Things Together
Culture is about creating empowerment, not entitlement . . .
Culture is not about bringing your dog to work, free lunches, unlimited vacation, or even casual Fridays. Culture is not a collection of personal preferences.
The Biggest Lie in the History
of Christianity (2018)
How Modern Culture is Robbing Billions of People of Happiness
Do you believe it's possible to be happier than you have ever been before? Not for fleeting moments, but consistently? Bestselling author Matthew Kelly believes it is possible—and in his latest book, The Biggest Lie, he explains how.
We all want to be happy and live life to the fullest, but the answer isn't found in the world's definition of happiness . . .
Rediscover the Rosary (2017)
The Modern Power of an Ancient Prayer
We live hectic lives in a chaotic world.
All this can lead to a confusion that fogs the mind, unsettles the soul, and leads to poor decisions. Amidst such chaos and confusion, we long to hear God's voice with greater clarity.
God wants to put things in order. He wants to rearrange our priorities. If we let him, we will be happier than we ever thought possible in this lifetime . . .
Perfectly Yourself (New & Revised) (2017)
Discovering God's Dream for You
This life-changing book addresses the opportunities and obstacles we encounter when we decide to ask life's BIG questions: Who am I? What am I here for? Full of powerful and practical lessons, Matthew Kelly shows us how to find lasting happiness in a changing world. Newly revised to reflect an even greater emphasis on spiritual growth and realizing God's dreams for us, Perfectly Yourself is a book for anyone who has failed at a diet, survived the collapse of a relationship, or wondered if he or she would ever find a fulfilling career . . .
Good Night, Jesus (2017)
You are never too young to get in the habit of saying good night to Jesus. Good Night, Jesus teaches young hearts and reminds old hearts how to be grateful, thank God for all his blessings, pray for others who are less fortunate, and rest in the joy of faith and love. Evening prayer is a powerful habit, and this small book introduces that habit in a way that is as natural as waking up in the morning and going to bed at night.
Rediscover Lent (2017)
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HAD A REALLY MEMORABLE LENT?
People of every age yearn for God. This desire for God is written deep within the human heart. Whether we acknowledge it or not, we all have a longing to draw near to God and be in communion with him. We might not recognize this yearning for what it truly is, however. Instead we might seek to satisfy our longings with material things, relationships, careers all of which were never designed to truly fulfill us.
Resisting Happiness (2016)
A true story about why we sabotage ourselves, feel overwhelmed, set aside our dreams, and lack the courage to simply be ourselves... and how to start choosing happiness again!
Are you happy? It may be the wrong question. Most of us think we are relatively happy, while at the same time knowing that we could be happier—maybe even a lot happier. Ordinary people and the finest philosophers have been exploring the question of happiness for thousands of years, and theories abound. But this is not a book of theory. Resisting Happiness is a deeply personal, disarmingly transparent look . . .
Rediscover Jesus (2015)
At a time when so many people are spiritually disillusioned and searching for ways to live, love, work, and play that nurture the soul rather than destroy it, Matthew Kelly once again delivers a powerful book that encourages us in our weariness, challenges us in our comfort, and invites us to rediscover the beautiful possibilities God places before us daily.
Rediscover Jesus is a profound invitation to seek deeply personal answers to our deeply personal questions . . .
I Know Jesus (2014)
You are never too young to start getting to know Jesus.
He is full of joy and wants to share his joy with you. He is by your side every minute of every day. When your heart is soaring with happiness, turn to him. When your heart is heavy with disappointment, turn to him. Jesus wants to be your friend.
The Long View (2014)
Some Thoughts About One of Life's Most Important Lessons
In this small volume, the celebrated author and speaker Matthew Kelly succinctly presents his reflections on one of life's most important lessons. In doing so, he demonstrates what he has revealed to us again and again through his work: He has taken the time to think on life's biggest questions so that he can present his findings to us in ways that make sense in our everyday experience of life and at the same time stir our souls . . .
The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic
How Engaging 1% of Catholics Could Change the World
As human beings we are constantly engaging and disengaging in everything we do. We engage and disengage at work, in marriage, as parents, in our quest for health and well-being, in personal finances, environmentally, politically, and, of course, we engage or disengage spiritually.
If you walk into any Catholic church next Sunday and look around, you will discover that some people are highly engaged, others are massively disengaged . . .
Off Balance (2011)
Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction
The research upon which this book is based shows overwhelmingly that people want satisfaction much more than they want balance. And yet, one of the dominant topics in the area of personal and professional development for the past twenty years has been work-life balance.
Off Balance is more than just a book. It presents a system that Matthew Kelly uses with his Fortune 500 clients, his team, and himself to drive increasing levels of satisfaction . . .
The One Thing (2011)
Passing Faith onto Children
In this deeply personal bestseller, Matthew Kelly reflects on the challenges of passing faith onto children. Written just ten-months after the birth of his first child, he writes about his own faith, why religion has played such a powerful role throughout history, why so many people are leaving the Catholic Church today, and the hopes he has for his son when it comes to the spiritual life. Kelly writes, Religion is the primary humanizing force in a person, in a society, in history. In my own experience this is particularly true of the Catholic form of Christianity . . .
Why Am I Here? (2009)
Max was a curious boy. He was curious about other countries, he was curious about animals and nature, and he was curious about life.
One day while he is fishing with his Grandpa, Max stumbles upon the ultimate question, Why am I here? His Grandfather suggests that Max is here to become the-best-version-of-himself!
In the days and weeks that follow, Max begins to notice when he is and when he is not celebrating the-best-version-of-himself . . .
The Dream Manager (2007)
A business parable about how companies can achieve remarkable results by helping their employees fulfill their dreams.
Managing people is difficult. With disengagement and turnover on the rise, many managers are scratching their heads wondering what to do. It's not that we don't dream of being great managers, it's just that we haven't found a practical and efficient way to do it. Until now . . .
Perfectly Yourself (2006)
Nine Lessons for Enduring Happiness
Just be yourself! People say it all the time, but how do we actually live it?
For more than a decade Matthew Kelly has been helping people discover the best-version-of-themselves. Now, in Perfectly Yourself, he addresses the opportunities and obstacles that we encounter once we decide to ask life's big questions: Who am I? What am I here for?
The Seven Levels of Intimacy (2005)
The Art of Loving and the Joy of Being Loved
We all yearn for intimacy, but we avoid it. We want it badly, but we often run from it. At some deep level we sense that we have a profound need for intimacy, but we are afraid to go there. Why?
We avoid intimacy because having intimacy means exposing our secrets. Being intimate means sharing the secrets of our hearts, minds, and souls with another fragile and imperfect human being . . .
Building Better Families (2003)
A Practical Guide to Raising Amazing Children
For more than a decade, Matthew Kelly has been traveling the world inspiring people to become the-best-version-of-themselves. During this time, he has been amazed at how regularly he is asked: How do I encourage my children to embrace this message? How does your message apply to a family? Now, for the first time, Kelly shares with us remarkable insights and sensible everyday strategies for transforming the family into what it should be: a place where each of us can become the-best-version-of-ourselves . . .
The Book of Courage (2003)
"The measure of your life will be the measure of your courage." Matthew Kelly
Between 2000 and 2003, Matthew lost three people very close to him to cancer. Matthew's father died in August 2003 after a two-year struggle with cancer. During his father's illness, Matthew would jot down different inspirational quotes on note cards and send them to his father in Australia. His father would often comment on how these bit-sized portions of inspiration brought a simple focus and joy to his daily struggle . . .
Rediscover Catholicism (2002)
A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion and Purpose
Over the past 20 years, Matthew Kelly has seen more of the world than most presidents and more of the Church than most bishops. Now, in this unique and timely book, he proposes that Catholicism is not a lifeless set of rules and regulations, but a way of life designed by God to help each person reach his or her full potential. With remarkable insight, Kelly dispels dozens of myths that surround the rejection of Catholicism today . . .
The Shepherd (2001)
A Modern Parable About Our Search for Happiness
The Shepherd is a story about a man who has found the happiness that our hungry hearts desire. His simple and peaceful spirit provides a vision of happiness that is deeply rooted in ancient wisdom, but may just be that "new vision of happiness" that can rescue us all.
The Rhythm of Life (1999)
Living Every Day with Passion & Purpose
In The Rhythm of Life Matthew Kelly exposes the lifestyle challenges and problems that face us in this age obsessed with noise, speed, and perpetual activity. Kelly's message rings out with a truth that is challenging and unmistakably attractive Who you become is infinitely more important than what you do, or what you have. Are you ready to meet the-best-version-of-yourself?
The Rhythm of Life is a brilliant and clear-eyed rejection of the chaotic lifestyle . . .
A Call to Joy (1997)
Living in the Presence of God
In the last five years more than one million people in forty-six counties have attended Matthew Kelly's talks, retreats, and seminars. Millions more have been touched by his writings and appearances on major radio and television programs worldwide. Young, charismatic, and extraordinarily engaging, Matthew Kelly comes to the aid of a generation desperately searching for some meaning in life deeper than the pursuit of material things . . .