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How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church Paperback – May 24, 2016
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A preacher's kid at a Catholic university, Kevin Lowry settled into a "double major in beer and billiards" soon followed by uncomfortable run-ins with pious students, failing grades, increasing anxiety, a missing night and the startling realization that some fellow students actually attended Mass the morning after a party instead of sleeping it off. After getting kicked out, Kevin got his act together, got the MBA, and also got the girl. Meanwhile God was working, drawing him to the inevitable conclusion that Catholicism was all true despite his objections.
Kevin Lowry's journey to Catholicism is fascinating, often funny, and demonstrates God's unfailing, patient love for all of us.
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I loved this short, entertaining, and clear story of the author's journey into the Roman Catholic Church! The author is the son of a Presbyterian minister, and not a particularly committed Christian as a young person. He never expected, however, given his background, to be compelled to turn to the Catholic Church...there is till so much prejudice, ignorance and bigotry among some Christians of other denominations and the author was someone full of these sentiments. It is a fun read, not dry or instructive at all.
The first half of the book is the author's testimony and the second half is entitled: "Turning Stumbling Blocks Into Stepping-Stones--or How All Those Weird Things About Catholicism Turn Out to Make Sense and Actually Bring You Closer to God". The author is frank and honest as you can see by this title. He covers eight stumbling blocks: the Eucharist, Confession, the Mystical Body of Christ, Mary, Faith vs. Works, Authority, the Church's Imperfections, and the hardest stumbling block of all: the witness of Catholics who don't know or appreciate their faith, their Church, or Jesus! These stumbling blocks are explained in short chapters that are very non-techical, that anyone could understand!
I think this book would be wonderful for anyone, really, but especially those with misconceptions about the Catholic Church. It's a great, easy read!
I have read plenty of Catholic conversion stories, and one could easily ask what this book could possibly add to the well known formula of: "I was once very opposed to becoming Catholic, but by the grace of God, I finally found the fullness of the truth in the Catholic Church." The answer to this question is, I think, that one never tires of love stories, of romance stories, told well. Christ's call to us is always a call to romance and adventure. And Kevin Lowry's story of how Christ called him, is a story is told well.
Kevin Lowry's courage and transparency in publicly disclosing unflattering portions of his life makes the book compelling in a way that would be more difficult for a purely theological treatise. It is the story of one man's journey. But I think it is a story that could have a significant impact on the lives of many. I highly recommend it.
This story is inspiring and will give an RCIA leader insight and ideas on teaching RCIA classes. The section on "stumbling blocks" should be especially interesting to RCIA leaders.
As a Christ-follower (in a non-denominational Christian tradition) who has at times viewed the Catholic Church with contempt and suspicion, the stumbling blocks shared as stepping stones in this book are real and profound. Kevin's down-to-earth explanation of the these stepping stones is very helpful for the person looking at the Catholic Church from the outside. Kevin's honesty and humor as he reflects on his journey is endearing to the reader and reveals a very human experience.
Of all the many great insights Kevin shares in this book, the most profound for me was the loss of the supernatural dimension of the Church lost when the Church divided mid-millenium. Universal the Church should be! Read this book if you sense something is missing in the Church.