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Prodigal Daughters - Catholic Women Come Home To The Church

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089870-732-3
9780898707328
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8"  (20.3 cm) x 5 1/4"  (13.3 cm) x 0"  More Ignatius Press Gifts (About Ignatius Press)
1999

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 Donna Steichen

 

In this memorable book, seventeen women of the Baby Boom generation tell their poignant personal stories of apostasy and repentance. Each left the Catholic Church to seek autonomy and fulfillment on the major cultural battlegrounds of this era. Each eventually turned homeward to find, like her prodigal brother in the best-loved of Christ's parables, that her Heavenly Father had been calling her throughout her absence, watching and yearning for her return.

Feminists in the bureaucratic networks of Catholic dissent continually predict that women will abandon the Church en masse unless they are soon admitted to the hierarchy. The women who recount their experiences in this timely and important book prove the dissenters wrong. They are representative of a growing stream of "reverts" who have recognized and repented of their errors when they rediscovered the living heart of Christ at the center of the Church.

Today, when virtually all faithful Catholics wait and pray for the return of some family member or friend who has strayed from the Church, these accounts of faith reborn offer hope and direction to lift the heart of every reader.

"A terrific group of stories. A must not only for younger people who have lost faith in their childhood Catholic Faith, but also for older Catholics to understand the reasoning both behind the defection of the young and also their intense yearning to find their way back. Thank you Donna Steichen for this gem."
—Ronda Chervin, Ph.D., Author, The Kiss from the Cross

"This book radiates the joy of the resurrection and is a clarion call addressed to those who are still struggling in the dark tunnel of faithlessness. It should be warmly welcome."
- Alice von Hildebrand, Author, By Love Refined

"In Ungodly Rage, Donna Steichen vividly recounted the faithlessness of many of God's daughters and revealed their profligate wasting of our spiritual inheritance. In Prodigal Daughters she movingly discloses, through the stories of those who have had the courage to return home, God's faithfulness to His daughters and His gifts of grace which moved them back into the Church they had forsaken."
- Laura Berquist, Author, The Harp and Laurel Wreath

Donna Steichen, author of the best-selling book Ungodly Rage: The Hidden Face of Catholic Feminism, is a Catholic journalist and former teacher.


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This item received 5 stars overall. Seventeen Women Tell Their Stories

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In Prodigal Daughters, seventeen women recount the events that led them away from the Catholic Church and those that led them home again. Each contributor tells a unique story of her spiritual growth with hopes to reach others of God's prodigal children and help to guide these lost souls home. Beautifully written and profoundly significant, these timely essays disclose the empty promises of feminism, substance abuse, sexual liberation, academic skepticism, and the New Age. Furthermore, Prodigal Daughters eloquently manifests the long-suffering benevolence of our Heavenly Father, and the extraordinary love with which He calls each of His children to Himself. At the dawn of a new springtime in the Church, these powerful essays provide a stumbling block to the obstinate, a beacon to the wandering, and hope to those awaiting the return of a lost loved one.  

 
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This item received 5 stars overall. Prodigal Daughters Welcomed Back to the Church

Prodigal Daughters is a collection of coming home stories that is open, honest, well-written, and hope-filled.  These seventeen women with a variety of cultural and ethnic background, life experiences, and levels of faith formation discuss in detail how and when they strayed from the Catholic faith, and how God eventually guided them back Church. 
 
Some of these women came from very devout Catholic families and drifted from the faith, as so many do, once they were out on their own at college or in the world without anyone checking to see if they were going to Mass, participating in the Sacraments, making time for person prayer, and thereby growing in holiness and closeness to the Lord.
 
Many were disillusioned by the watered-down version of the Catholic faith they received growing up after Vatican II at a time whe Full Review...

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