We read the book out loud, and initially the author seemed engaging, but I totally differ with this review. Sadly, this slim book was not particularly inspiring or spiritual. Beckwith describes a "proof-text" conversion that could have occurred anytime he went to a library and read historical theology. As well, there are an astonishing number of typos, as in: "my mother - a vivacious reader" p. 32; does he not mean voracious? They may sound similar, but the meanings are quite different. Here's another: "two days latter I resigned" p. 118. In long-winded discussions on justification, the author fails to elaborate the historical problems with the Catholic Church at the time of Martin Luther and the Reformation. He describes some of the failings of the post Vatican II Church, but does not reveal the condition of the current Church. The book reads like a rushed apology/argument with his ex-ETS peers, rather than what it actually feels like from the inside out to change, grow, or evolve in faith. Did his wife Frankie go through RCIA? Do they have children? If so, what about them? Did he attend Mass with his grandmother? The guy actually brags that during college, his grandmother still cleaned his room for him, and "she said, You know, Lincoln freed the slaves." I answered, But not the Italian ones" p. 52. Again, a revealing look at the lack of maturity here, the author remains proud enough of his quip to share it with us.
None of this journey feels real, it's all a head case. Where is Jesus is all this? By the end of the book, the self-involved writer still does not get the Eucharist: "Although many Catholics acquire a deeper walk with God through the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, I have found confession to be the place in which I experience the gratuitous charity of our Lord at its fullest" p. 129. Well, in confession, he can talk about himself at least. Beckwith never states much about his relationship with Jesus. Why did Beckwith really move away from Protestantism? This is just another Boomer-lite narcissist indulgence: Beckwith actually believes that his remaining in ETS would have "produced fissures in the growing collaboration and fellowship between Catholics and Protestants in the United Stated and abroad" p. 118. Oh really? A worldwide fissure because of one hot-house academic revert? I don't think so.