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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Really enjoyed hearing the stories of what draws people to the Church! Reading each of these helped to strengthen my own faith!Published on April 25, 2014 by Kathy P.
This is a great book to read to deepen one's faith in the Catholic faith. I have been so enriched reading the testimonies of some of these converts. Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by Katz1200
Have enjoyed reading all three "Surprised by Truth" books. So glad to read about those who have really questioned and researched in such a deep way. Read morePublished on March 23, 2014 by Elizabeth R. Berry
All 3 volumes are wonderful, but I particularly liked this one. Most reviewers seem to prefer volume 2. In volume 3, I enjoyed the diversity of backgrounds of the contributors. Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by all too common