Saturday, May 14, 2011

Recovering Faith - Stories of Catholics Who Came Home

Recovering Faith

I just finished reading Recovering Faith - Stories of Catholics Who Came Home.   I thought it was a wonderful book.  Each chapter is the story of a fairly well known person who had been raised Catholic, drifted away from the Church, and then found their way back.  Their stories are interspersed with short sidebars which explain or provide a deeper description of a theme presented in the story.

I was raised Catholic, and during High School I was an active member of a Catholic Youth Retreat movement.  I graduated and went to an all girls Catholic college.  I have always loved the traditions, the rituals, and the beautiful history that are a part of my faith.  Even with this upbringing and education, there have been ebbs and flows in my spiritual life.  My stories aren't dramatic, or book worthy, but I could absolutely relate to some of the emotions described by the contributors.

The chapters are short, but compelling.  I found myself grabbing for the Kleenex a few times, too.  Whether the drift was due to complacency, a total rejection of God, a switch to a Protestant church, or other reasons - each story held my interest.  The circumstances were all different, but the pull of the Holy Spirit was clear in every case.

The book concludes with a few pages of Afterward titled An Invitation to Consider Coming Home.  It holds some helpful hints and encouragement  for anyone who might want to return to Catholicism but might not be sure where to begin.   There is also an index of the in-chapter sidebars, making it easy to go back and find the pages with information such as  how to make a confession or what Catholics believe.

There 18 contributors including:


  • Martin Sheen, actor



  • Dean Koontz, best-selling novelist


  • Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court justice


  • Dr. Francis Beckwth, former president of the Evangelical Theological Society


  • Barbara Curtis, author


  • Leah Darrow, America's Next Top Model finalist


  • Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life


  • Teresa Tomeo, Catholic radio personality


  • Leo Severino, award winning movie producer (Bella)



  • Danny Abramowicz, author, speaker and host of Crossing the Goal


  • This 207 page paperback was written by  Lorene Hanley Duquin and  is available through The Catholic Company for $14.95.

    The back cover of the book holds this description of its contents:
    Every person's journey of faith is filled with twists and turns. Now Recovering Faith: Stories of Catholics Who Came Home follows the personal and heartfelt faith journeys of 18 well-known Catholics who have come back to their faith. Some had fallen out of step with the Church through complacency or poor education. Some were sidetracked by the lure of fame and fortune. A few took a turn in Protestant traditions. Others traveled through the darkness of atheism.
    About the Author:
    Lorene Hanley Duquin is a Catholic author and lecturer, who has worked in parishes and on a diocesan level. She is currently the coordinator of Come and See, a broad-based evangelization outreach in the Diocese of Buffalo and a member of the Diocesan Evangelization Advisory Board. She has been active in ministry to alienated Catholics since 1992.

    She has conducted lectures and workshops on a variety of evangelization and stewardship topics in parishes and at national and diocesan conferences in the United States and Canada. Her articles have appeared in a variety of secular and Catholic publications.
    This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Recovering Faith: Stories of Catholics Who Came . They are also a great source for a Catechism of the Catholic Church or a Catholic Bible.

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    I received a copy of this book in order to write an informed blogged review.  I was not compensated, I am not affiliated, and my opinions are genuine.