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Surprised by Truth 3: 10 More Converts Explain the Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic (v. 3) Paperback – September 15, 2002

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Bert Ghezzi, author of Mystics and Miracles & Voices of the Saints
"A superb collection of personal conversion stories, interesting, informative, and inspiring!"

b>Marcus C. Grodi, President of the Coming Home Network
"Pat has done it again! Ten more equally compelling, inspiring and intellectually sound stories of conversion."

b>Paul Thigpen, Ph.D., editor, Shaken by Scandals: Catholics Speak Out About Priests' Sexual Abuse
"The Catholic Church continues to call men and women home! You'll find the reasons why in Surprised by Truth 3."

b>Curtis Martin Founder & President FOCUS Fellowship of Catholic University Students
"You need to read this book!"

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"Working closely with each and every one of the contributors to this project was one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences I've had as an editor." T.A. Editor, Sophia Institute Press
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sophia Institute Press; a edition (September 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1928832598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928832591
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All three books in the Surprised by Truth series highly recommended. These are personal stories of conversion, and these converts describe the struggles they had with the claims of the Catholic Church. Various backgrounds here: Anglican, former Catholic "reverts", Baptist, Reformed, etc. The apologetics was a little stronger in the first book of the series, but all three are great books. For books with stronger apologetics content get A Biblical Defense of Catholicism by Dave Armstrong, or Steve Ray's book of conversion Crossing the Tiber.

To see and hear many of these converts in person, you can check them out on the Journey Home program from EWTN. Wonderful and impressive given all they had to go through to find the truth.

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I received this book about 6 days ago in the mail. I would have finished it in less time (I read half of it on the first day), but I didn't pick it up for a few days. What an awesome and moving book!

This is a compilation of conversion stories of folks who converted to Catholicism. They tell their personal stories, in detail, through the doubts and inconsistencies they faced in their former traditions, and sometimes, providential introduction to Catholicism. They describe their journey in search for truth, and finally the joyous steps through the doors of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

The individuals include:

1. A former soldier of a nation and present soldier of Christ and priest of God
2. A former Anglican
3. A former "a la carte" contracepting Catholic couple and present defenders of Life
4. A former "Left Behind"-ing Rapturist and present Catholic apologist
5. A former Commune-er and present Communion receiver
6. A seeker of Truth
7. A former Anglican priest
8. A former radical traditionalist (SSPX) adherent, present Canon lawyer
9. A former Baptist lawyer, present Catholic defender
10. A former Anti-Catholic and sister to Catholicism's most formidable anti-Catholic apologist, Dr. James White- now in the most ironic of twists, she and the grace of God are our best hope for Mr. White's conversion.

This book has changed my views of many things. Indeed, it has opened my eyes to the difficulties most Protestants have in accepting the Catholic faith, especially considering the traditions from which they came.

It has also humbled my approach to this process.
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Of the ten wonderful and insightful testimonies of Catholic converts, I discovered two to be particularyly moving. (coincidently, the only two written by women)"Lookin for Truth in all the Wrong Places" above all and Patty Bond's "Freed from Anti-Catholic Bonds"It is stories like these that remind me of the incredible gift I've been blessed with--The Catholic Faith!These women went from zealous Protestants to zealous Catholics! Fantastic and uplifting!
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Surprised by Truth 3 is the third in series of books edited by Patrick Madrid compiling the stories of former Protestants (and others) who converted to the Roman Catholic Church. The original of the series was a sensation in the Catholic publishing world and stands as one of the most influential books leading new converts to Rome. The second book, while not as much of the attention getter as the original, still built upon its success with solid testimonies.

Now we come to the third in the series and while the "surprise" value may not be as high a factor (most informed Protestants have probably now heard of the number of converts Romeward), this book should please the fans of the other two volumes. As with the earlier books, Madrid has adeptly selected converts coming to Rome from across the ecclesial spectrum and so largely avoids the numbing repetition often hampering works of this kind.

The response of those Christians not familiar with the faith and practice of the historic Church and their struggles dealing with its growing allure is always an interesting read. Particularly riveting in this book are Carl Olsen's move from "rapture" theology to a more historic view of eschatology eventually leading to his conversion to Rome. Also very interesting, but more because of her personal struggle with family biases, is the account of Patty Patrick Bonds (sister of prominent Protestant apologist James R. White). In both these stories, one gets a good sense of the shock and bewilderment felt as they came to believe the early Church had more in common with Rome than their own ecclesial traditions.

With any series of this type, there is bound to be a lot left out as generalizations are needed to fit all into the twenty-odd pages allotted to each author.
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What a wonderful, positive format, in which converts to Catholicism speak for themselves! This entire series is such a great resource for any person who is searching for the truth, who is considering coming into the Catholic Church, or even someone who is just "curious." Their testimony helps me to cherish my faith all the more. Thank you, Patrick Madrid, for giving these people a forum to tell their story!
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