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Atheist to Catholic: Stories of Conversion - By Rebecca V. Cherico

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Most of the former atheists in this book had investigated religion's claims to truth, rejected them and were shocked to then find themselves turning to faith. Some of these stories come from: a university professor unexpectedly attracted to the faith when a student described her retreat at a monastery; a young woman impressed by a colleague's Mass attendance: I wanted to find her ridiculous, but quite unexpectedly, I felt like the ridiculous one; a Polish immigrant who once shared communism's disdain for religion; these seekers ended up someplace they never intended to go,  the Catholic Church, and yet went there and found that they were home.






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0867169575
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2011

Review Provided By TiberRiver.com - THE Catholic Book Review Site

This item received 3 stars overall. Brief, but edifying

I enjoyed Athiest to Catholic, a short volume of conversion stories, which I received for review as part of the Tiber River reviewer program. Since each is written by a different author, some spoke to me more than others -- and that's no bad thing, since there should be at least one story that resonates with any person who picks it up. As a recent convert myself, I enjoyed reading about how others came to the Catholic faith, particularly from a background of atheism.
 
Each story is self-contained, short, and easy to read. Having already made my decision to become Catholic, they were great reading; I'm not sure how much they would mean to someone still "on the fence." If that person, though, is just looking for a tiny little push, many of the reflections might serve.
 
I didn't personally find any terribly deep in Full Review...

This item received 5 stars overall. Atheist to Catholic: Stories of Conversion Book Review

Atheist to Catholic: Stories of Conversion was collected and edited by Rebecca Vitz Cherico.  Ms. Cherico compiled eleven conversion stories into her book which brings the reader on a journey of thoughtfulness, disdain, doubt, confusion and faith.  She says of her book "this is a book of seekers who ended up someplace they never intended to go; and yet they went there, even if it was inconvenient, awkward or strange."  Some of the people were cradle Catholics, who left the faith and came back.  Some were raised in either an atheistic household or others in a Protestant denomination household.  Regardless of their religious background, they all seemed to be intellectuals who viewed Catholicism with disinterest or downr Full Review...

This item received 3 stars overall. The Intellectual Approach to Catholicism

As a cradle Catholic I have sometimes envied those who can claim a conversion moment, a time when they went from not believing to believing, a time when they really felt Jesus in a way that compelled them to take action.  Over the years I have spent a lot of time reading about my faith and the faith of others.  I have haunted AOL message boards, read apologetics websites and read plenty of books.  One thing I've found interesting is how often converts to Evangelical Protestantism describe emotional experiences and how often converts to Catholicism describe intellectual ones.  While a rousing sermon may get you to answer an altar call, what prompts you to not only accept Jesus but to accept a belief system that limits personal freedom and goes against many of what people consider to be defining characteristics of our era like sexual freedom, gender equality and tolerance of varied sexual identities?  
 
Atheist to Catholic is a Full Review...

This item received 4 stars overall. An Uplifting and Easy to Read Book of Conversion Stories

I enjoyed Athiest to Catholic: Stories of Conversion very much. It can be read a chapter at a time, since each of the eleven chapters can easily stand on it's own.  As a homeschooling mother, I don't have the hours to bury myself into a book that I used to, so I was appreciative of the quick, uplifting segments.

The entire paperback volume is only 119 pages long and the reading level is easy.

The book is exactly what the title describes.  There are many types of atheists in this world, and most have a representative in these pages.  The indifferent, the raging and scornful, Intellectuals, and those who grew up in other faiths and then turned away.

Each heard the call of God, and followed it to the Church.  The Mass is where they found the comfort and peace they had hungered for.  Even those who l Full Review...

 
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