From Publishers Weekly
This collection of conversion stories drawn from many walks of life will appeal to anyone fascinated by the variety of human and religious experience. However, it might better be titled "The Day I Accepted Christ," since it dwells exclusively on born-again Christian conversions. Of the 32 stories compiled here, the majority were contributed by individuals who eventually found their home in Hollywood (as have all three authors at one time or another) and who have since become involved in public ministry. Within these parameters, however, a diversity of experiences is depicted. The first-person narratives describe the journeys that led individuals to the moment of embracing Christ and sometimes go on to explain how Christian faith sustained the converts through devastating crises. Contributors include celebrities such as all-star baseball pitcher Dave Dravecky, disco sensation Gloria Gaynor and country singer Randy Travis. The book also includes the dramatic turn-around stories of an ex-KKK lord, an ex-convict, a millionaire, a survivor of the Oklahoma City bombing, a Jew, a gay man, severe abuse survivors and many more. Several of the narratives suffer from the forced cramming of complex autobiographies into a few short pages, but the dramas of life-changing conversions are still compelling to read. The collection is more a comforting reassurance for the believer than a persuasive tract for the skeptic, but many Christian readers will warm to this hearty bowl of chicken soup.
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About the Author
Karen Covell, a graduate of USC, is an author and producer who has worked as an associate producer of Headliners and Legends with Matt Lauer and as a coproducer of the television special America's Throwaway Children for Boystown. She is a frequent speaker at colleges, conferences, and churches across the country.
Victorya Michaels Rogers, author and speaker, spent eleven years as a Hollywood agent, representing many award-winners. She also taught in the Entertainment Studies Extension Program at UCLA. A member of the National Speakers Association, she hosts the video series How to Make It in Hollywood. She now resides in Oklahoma with her husband, Will, and their newborn son, Matthew.
Jim Covell, author and USC graduate in music composition, has written scores for television specials, series such as The New Get Smart and U.S. Marshals, and feature films, including Left Behind and The Ride. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Karen, and their "wonder boys," Christopher and Cameron.