Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Atheist to Catholic - Stories of Conversion - A Book Review

Atheist to Catholic

Stories of conversion fascinate me.  Each one is unique, and yet they all have common threads.

For most people, a conversion is not a flash of lightning, or a booming voice from the sky, but rather a sequence of events, or eyes slowly opening to truths they refused to see before.

In the Book Atheist to Catholic – Stories of Conversion, the author, Rebecca Vitz Cherico, compiles the stories of former atheists, and how they came to Catholicism.

The paperback volume is only 119 pages, yet there are 11 chapters a preface and a forward.  The chapters are not bogged down or difficult to get through, and the stories are very uplifting.

Every type of atheist is represented.  Those with simple indifference, or scathing disdain, the academics, or those who grew up Jewish or even communist.  the variation served to provide different starting points, but each found that the answer to what their heart was searching for was the Body of Christ.  There they found peace, comfort, and the logic they previously believed could not be present.

The book was a pleasure to read.  For me, it each segment was another happily ever after story.  Here is the publisher’s description:
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.
The book can be purchased from The Catholic company for $13.99, and would make a great summer reading book.  It could be read cover to cover, or – if you prefer to read  a chapter at a time, it’s easy to just pick it back up and start with the next chapter even if a lot of time has gone by..

About the Author:
REBECCA VITZ CHERICO, a native New Yorker, received her B.A. from Yale University and her Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from New York University. She is a member of the ecclesial movement, Communion and Liberation, and lives outside Philadelphia with her husband, Colin, and their four children. She is an Adjunct Professor at Villanova University.
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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 Atheist to Catholic - Stories of Conversion. They are also a great source for the Catechism of the Catholic Church or a Catholic Bible.