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The Convert (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Oliver Broudy
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The deepest riddle of Christianity is only this: How could anyone possibly believe it? In answer to this question, The Convert tells the true story of one man’s punishing journey across the extremes of human experience, through fire and heartbreak, passion and betrayal, prison and madness, to the very brink of belief. This is the story of one man and one moment, the moment of God’s triumph, or sanity’s defeat.

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Erin Mounsey is a survivor of horrific burns whose backstory is widely available online. The Convert, too, tells his story, but this is no mere pedestrian profile; rather it is a tale that reads as if it were almost palpably difficult for its unapologetic atheist author to tell. As Broudy himself says, "This is not an argument. This is the story of one man's odyssey from atheism to belief." As these things go, it must rank as one of the most dramatic since that of St. Paul, so rich, virtuosic, and memorable that the temptation to shout its highlights from the rooftops grapples with the contrary desire to give almost nothing away, the better to let interested readers discover its deep well of poignantly challenging charms for themselves. Suffice it to say that if there's a more accomplished chronicler of existential ambivalence alive today, please bring him or her to my attention. In the meantime, Oliver Broudy's growing collection of Kindle Singles will do just fine. --Jason Kirk


"This is an extraordinary piece of writing. Nuanced, intelligent and, above all, honest, The Convert operates on several levels. It is the gripping personal story of one man and his struggle to overcome a series of tragedies. It is also a refreshingly clear-eyed meditation on faith. The Convert will make atheists and believers alike question their assumptions and, just maybe, find common ground." —Eric Weiner, Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, yes, yes. It's me. I am Erin Mounsey! November 13, 2012
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Bravo Broudy!
The Convert captures a crazy spiritual journey with insight for anyone questioning or sure of their convictions. While Oliver and I will, for now, see the events of Nov. 17, 2010 very differently. He captures the journey colorfully and with exceptional questioning insight. That he was able to stomach this story of revelation with barely furrowing a brow on the surface was amazing. Myself, two years ago, I would have had to walk away from a ridiculous story like this with disbelief and incredulity. Yet, Broudy stayed in the game and thoughtfully captured a human experience that had an outcome he just could not bring himself to believe in. This is partly why I hope I will always find him a friend.
He communicates the essence of so much of the atheist resistance to God and the failings of Christians to convey His Love for all, without so much hypocrisy. Frankly, I think we might be better to tell people about Satan first, then they could better understand the Christian fail. With personal insight he interprets my own experiences with such accuracy and understanding. There are a couple miscues, but generally Broudy is the faithful interpreter.
No matter your perspective there is an unbelievable journey ahead for you as you examine a life poorly chosen and inspiringly lived.
It only took a moment to find God. It took a lifetime to find that moment.
Love & Light,
Erin Mounsey
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful but Unsatisfying December 3, 2012
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As an agnostic atheist, I picked up this book in an attempt to look for understanding. I don't understand religion, or belief in God, but I can see how someone raised in a religion might cling to what they were taught into adulthood. What stumps me is when an unbeliever like me makes the transition to Christianity, of all things. Knowing that not even a disbeliever is immune, I picked up this book to see what the appeal was, where belief comes from, what could possibly cause a mind to shift from rational to irrational.

Having finished it, I feel just as confused and insightless as I did before I picked it up. The writing is decent, to be sure, and the story is unique and interesting - we follow the protagonist (who I assume is the stand-in for the author) through some excruciatingly traumatic experiences, and past that, through the psyche of a severely emotionally troubled human being. I also like the fact that the author attempts, at leasts, to gear the book toward unbelievers. He is always saying "we atheists," as if he is on their side, although his generalizations about atheists grew more and more cynical and non-inclusive as the book went on.

Although the writing is eloquent in its way, what the author definitely lacks is attention to detail. He will go on for pages, describing his emotions, thoughts, experiences, and beliefs in the abstract. When it comes to events themselves, he is as vague as possible. I still don't have a definite grasp on what happened to result in his restraining orders - either of them - and even when he goes to prison, it is entirely unclear of what he was convicted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another win for independent, long-form journalism November 14, 2012
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...and another win for Oliver Broudy. In this day and age of changing times in the journalism/publishing world, it takes serious guts to go out there on one's own and do the herculean work required for this sort of story. Broudy has delivered another punch to traditional models of publishing and we get to reap the benefits as readers. Big publishing houses, take note!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One man's odyssey from atheism to belief in God November 14, 2012
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I read a fair number of Kindle Singles, and I check every few days for new releases. I'm glad I checked this morning and saw "The Convert" listed. It was one of those "can't-put-it-down-until-I-finish-it" stories, perhaps the most intriguing Single I've read. Erin Mounsey's story of surviving and recovering from horrific burns that would have killed most people was remarkable enough, but combined with the author's intermingled thread about atheism versus belief in God made for a really unique story.

The story began with the 1999 house fire that severely burned Erin and his girlfriend Megan. With flashbacks, the author delves into their lives and how they came to the fateful point where both of their lives were changed forever by the fire. The next few years for Erin were a topsy-turvy existence, with restraining orders, drug use, a failed business, alienation from his family members, burglary arrests, and years in prison. Finally, in a most unlikely way, he has an epiphany and goes to his knees to pray to the God he has always denied the existence of.

Paralleling Erin's story are the author's thoughts on atheism. Now I should note that "The Convert" is not your typical Sunday School lesson conversion story. This is a tough, gritty narrative about a man and his remarkable odyssey from atheism to finding God. About conversion stories, the author writes: "They challenge our identity by raising the question of whether our beliefs follow or precede it." It's food for thought for anyone who has ever questioned their beliefs about God.

But don't think this is a story that only religious readers would enjoy. Until the climactic event that ended the narration, Erin Mounsey was about as unreligious as they come.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Believe it or not
I read "The Saint" and found it very compelling so I also checked this book out. The book reminds me somewhat of CS Lewis's Screwtape Letters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jandergard
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected
This is a very short book and certainly does not follow the typical plot line for this type of book.
Published 5 months ago by Dora the explorer
4.0 out of 5 stars really liked it
it was brash, real, and honest. it is real life for many others out there. and at the same time it drove me to have compassion on the unbeliever. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tifani McCauley
5.0 out of 5 stars A fierce and fearless exploration of faith
Broudy wrestles with faith in God - its presence in the subject as well as the absence of it in himself (or perhaps, rather, his faith in its absence) as fiercely as Jacob... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mathew Jacobson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Convert
A very good read. Thought provoking and stimulating regardless of your view on life, religion and Christianity.. Recommend that you take time out to read this book.
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The Convert
A page turner with profound insights. I want to read more of Oliver Broudy s work. I recommend this book to Christan and non Christian alike.
Published 20 months ago by Paul T. Kearns
5.0 out of 5 stars The Convert
A complicated read for many but for me a challenge. The writer is very high brow in his tale telling and wording. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Andi
2.0 out of 5 stars boring
I read it because I kept thinking it was going to get better but it never quite made it
Published 23 months ago by Cherril A. Gillette
2.0 out of 5 stars Weird Theology
I did not care for this book. The story of Erin and his struggles as a burn victim was interesting but the theology was pretty far out and actually stupid--sorry.
Published on May 23, 2013 by Ruth A. Jacobs
2.0 out of 5 stars Its Ok
I was very disappointed in this book. I guess, I expected a better story line. Not something I would reread or recommend.
Published on April 27, 2013 by JLD
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Oliver Broudy is a National Magazine Award finalist, a contributing writer with Men's Health magazine, and the ex-managing editor of The Paris Review. He has written on bodybuilding in Afghanistan, traditional cooking in rural China, and anarchism in Missouri. His work has appeared in a variety of online and print publications.

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