Thursday, March 12, 2015

Conversion Stories I've Read in the Last Year

 I really think that we cradle Catholics would do well to listen carefully to what our converts have to teach us about how God works (through their story of how God worked in their lives - which is amazing, profound, mysterious, crazy, etc.!!!) and how we can learn to better interact with our culture and bring God to the world. These are all wonderful books, and good reading for high schoolers too!

Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fulwiler 

Wonderful atheist-to-Catholic conversion story with a good dose of humor. God works in mysterious and sometimes hilarious ways! An autobiographical story about how God came into her life at various times and places and led her to a place she would have never imagined as a feminist, pro-choice atheist: the Catholic Church. I especially enjoyed the humorous stories about her antics as a stubborn kid, such as moving all the Bibles in the library to the "Fiction" section. Yes, God really doesn't give up on anyone! ;)

Not God's Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms by Holly Ordway

Fascinating atheist-to-Catholic conversion story by a literary-academic type who converted partly thanks to her competitive saber sword-fighting. No really! I love the way she skillfully and accessibly weaves through the series of ideas and arguments she worked her way through in the process of conversion.I am also completely fascinated by the fact that she is a Catholic holding the chair of apologetics at Houston Baptist University. So naturally there's a lot of good apologetics content here.

Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey Across the Life Line by Abby Johnson

A must read, especially for anyone involved in the pro-Life movement. This is a great story anyway, but especially highlights how various ideas about how to fight abortion helped or didn't help in really making progress in this most important struggle. 

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