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"While showing appreciation and respect for his evangelical patrimony, Christian Smith offers a careful, clear, and thoughtful path to the Catholic Church for those evangelicals who are entertaining Catholicism as they seek to walk more authentically in Christ. This is a truly unique contribution to the growing literature authored by former evangelicals who have found their way to St. Peter's barque."
-Francis J. Beckwith
author of Return to Rome: Confessions of An Evangelical Catholic
"Christian Smith is correct in describing why it usually takes a 'paradigm revolution' for an evangelical to become a Catholic. The 'anomalies' he describes for evangelical life are mostly accurate and his presentation of Catholicism is attractive. But this intriguing book would have been even better if it had paused to reflect on why there are so many paradigm shifts in the other direction--of people born Catholic who become evangelical. Anyone--Catholic, evangelical, or a convert in either direction--who responds thoughtfully to the arguments of this book will be a better Christian for having made the effort."
author of The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind
"I expect that this book may turn out to be the definitive text (short of the Fathers only!) for evangelicals who are prepared to address themselves courageously to the ecclesiological question. Smith's writing is brisk, starkly clear, challenging, and exhaustive (not exhausting!); he leaves no stone unturned. This is the best book I've seen on the topic."
author of On Being Catholic --Wipf and Stock Publishers
Christian Smith is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of The Bible Made Impossible (2011), What is a Person? (2010), and Souls in Transition (2009).
I am a Protestant who has great respect for the Catholic Church and I hope that one day we can all be united again. Read morePublished 1 month ago by VIMHP
Overall this book (Kindle edition) was informative and enlightening. Chapters 4 and 5 deserve 5 stars so the book is worth those two chapters alone, while Chapters 1-3 were not as... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hikin Den
Insightful read. I feel as though I need to read it again. So many prejudices and biases I had towards Catholic Church plate unfounded, and that in matter of face, was grounded in... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Donald Griffin
I found this book to be incredibly important in laying aside a number of misconceptions I had about the Catholic Church. Read morePublished 6 months ago by dr.keithcox
This book is informative and serious. The title sounds like it may be tongue in cheek but it is not. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Cosetta Groff
Overall this was a good book. It doesn't require you to know much about Church history in order to get something out of it, while other books in this category usually do. Read morePublished 24 months ago by NoBias
I read this mostly because I was intrigued by the title, in spite of the fact that I was received into the Catholic Church 2.5 years ago. Read morePublished on June 9, 2013 by Amazon Customer
A helpful read in terms of the 95 steps the author proposes, but at times I felt he was a bit abrasive, as well as having some points that were quite weak ans somewhat repetitive.Published on April 28, 2013 by Lisa
I have been intensely studying Catholicism for the last 6 months and thought I had read most of the standard arguments/explanations for the big topics of Catholicism... Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by Z888