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No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy Paperback – January 15, 2010
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It is a sad fact that many of us rebel as teens, turning away from God in pursuit of one's identity. The world with its MTV culture is all too willing to offer a fix for the itch of adolescence - drugs, the Grateful Dead, and promiscuity. There are occasions when the "normal" teenage rebellion amplifies into a self-wounding journey into darkness and despair. This fascinating and daring spiritual biography should be required reading for parents, teachers, and all teenagers because in its pages one finds a reflection of those interior struggles so prominent in our culture today. The glamour of hedonism, the lie of atheism, and rampant self-absorption collide with the saving truth of the Holy Gospel through the mediation of the Great Mother of God Mary Most Holy. The message of Divine Mercy soaks each page as the spiritual battle unfolds.
Catholics will discover a lasting treasure of conversion and redemption through Father Calloway's riveting prose and a resource for evangelization and outreach to those who may be trapped in the damp chill of sin.
Above all, this is a story of heroic love that conquers the heart.
Bravo, Father Calloway, bravo!!!
If you know of any parent or spouse in desperation for a loved one who's strayed or never had any faith at all, give them this book! This will be a source of hope for mothers like Fr. Don's to keep praying like St. Monica for St. Augustine!
To be sure, Father Don does not lay blame at the feet of the "devil-made-me-do-it" defense and abdicate his responsibility:
"Some may find ... my life story to be almost unbelievable ... That's why whenever I do a speaking engagement, I always bring along a photograph of myself--a picture of what I looked like when I was in my late teens ... so people can visualize what an animal I was before my conversion." (No Turning Back 9)
Indeed, Father Don's life story covers teenage wasteland across continents and oceans. From being forcibly deported in handcuffs out of Japan to being arrested for theft in New Orleans to nearly burning down his neighborhood in Southern California, Father Don's account never misses sight of the ancient Catholic teaching of original sin--hamartia--missing the mark of what God intends for us. In young Father Don's attempts to be god-on-his-own-terms in the cultural miasma of the 1970s into the 1990s, his drug use, alcohol abuse, and grand-larceny theft reduce him to the aptly titled first section of the book--Animal.
Like Saint Augustine's Confessions, No Turning Back aims a steady gaze on just how far we can plunge into the void--and just how deeply God's grace can reach:
"For those of you who can identify with this type of behavior, my experience proves that there is always hope, even for the worst of the worst. You see this is not just my story--this is important to emphasize--it's also a story bound up with God's faithful people.Read more ›
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Excellent true story of hope! Especially reading it through the eyes of a parent praying for their adult children to turn back.Published 1 month ago by Kathy D
repentant sinner on his path to Saint....good one
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Amazing story of a young man's redemption and discovery of God.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer