- Paperback: 154 pages
- Publisher: Crown & Covenant; 1st edition (October 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1884527388
- ISBN-13: 978-1884527388
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 912 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert : An English Professor's Journey into Christian Faith Paperback – October 1, 2012
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Little did I know that God used those 22 years to bring me back to Him....as Dr Butterfield, I was an activist in the gay lifestyle as well...Like Dr Butterfield, I had a few Christian people sprinkled in my life thoughout those 22 years who became my friends and shared and allowed me into their lives 'with no strings attached'. My journey is similiar to Dr Butterfield's in so many ways and some of the questions she asks in her book could have (and did) come from my lips. I also experienced a train wreck as well,although mine was due to the fact that at the time of my conversion, I was very much still involved with a woman and the gay lifestyle and I left both cold turkey.
I read this book in one sitting because I had never come across somone like me who had come out of a lesbian life like I did to claim Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Her story very much interested me in how she coped with the 'break' from her homosexual past. As someone who has 'lived' her story with my journey, it brought back alot of the feelings and issues I dealt with in my own healing and how God's grace and mercy can cover a multitude of sins.
Although I got bogged down in her theocracy of the RP church ( I ascribe to the teachings and philosophy of the General Baptist Conference), I found it quite inspiring that she shared how God can truly change someone from the 'inside out'. He did that to me as well and I am not ashamed of my past. God has used my story, and I would have to believe hers as well, as a powerful message to many Christians and non Christians alike that He is a changer of lives and hearts and souls for anyone willing to take that first step of, 'What if'...? Today, I also live with the freedom of who I am in Christ and even though life has its ups and downs, I have truly and fully been cleansed by the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ..
Way to go, Dr Butterfield!!!!
With her cynicism displayed on her cuff as she dove into an analysis of the Bible, it wasn't long until nagging questions (ably handled by a humble man of God) began to surface and be answered. This caused consternation of conternations! Maybe she was wrong! Her training, her philosophy, her relationships! All wrong! Soon she found herself at the foot of the cross of Christ, changed by his sacrifice, now following a Christ ethic and making choices which honored her Lord and Saviour.