Conversions

A while ago I decided to write a brief story of our conversion story. It is easy to read in about 15 minutes, about our coming into the Catholic Church. Janet and I converted to the Catholic Church in 1994 but it still seems like yesterday.

It has not grown old and we are still thrilled with our discovery. We still get tears of joy. I hope you enjoy the story and can pass it on to others..

Please share it freely with others. Use Twitter, Facebook and other means.

We post it with prayers that it will help many others find their way to the fulness of the Catholic Faith too.

My last line, like that in my book Crossing the Tiber is: “We are not the first to cross the Tiber; we won’t be the last – we are in good company!”

CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE – FOR THE REST OF THE STORY!

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Posting again: I was so delighted to receive this e-mail that I had to share it with everyone!

Hi Steve,

Just had to share this…I was visiting San Antonio this weekend and as I walked around the riverwalk section of town, a gentleman approached me with a gospel tract. When he asked, “Are you sure you are saved?”, I thought to myself, “What would Steve say?”

After thinking for a second, I smiled and told him, “Absolutely–I’m saved the bible way!”  When he asked what I meant by my (your) response, the ensuing answer led to an hour-long conversation with me doing my best to give rock-solid (no pun intended) answers to each of his skeptical questions. I even raised some points for which he had no “packaged” answers.

This was the first time since my conversion to the Church that I’ve really engaged in apologetics and defended the faith adequately. What made it more interesting is that this guy is a fallen-away Catholic and an MD who has started a small church of his own (At one point I even suggested that he was, in a sense, a self-appointed pope!).

After we shook hands, I walked away and overheard him telling others on his mission team, “Wow, that was a very intellectual argument!” It turned out to be the highlight of my weekend.  I am so grateful for all the work that you and other notable converts have done, through your books, CDs and videos,  to get me to this point.

Safe travels, Darrell

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Dr  Thomas Howard’s book Evangelical is Not Enough really started our conversion process. Janet read it and wouldn’d Stop talking about it. I was listening to his story on cassette tape the day I said fortuitously “I am a Catholic” with tears in my eyes.

With more tears in eyes I met Dr. Howard and Steubenville and gave him a pre-manuscript copy of my book Crossing the Tiber. I later gave him a dedication in my next book Upon this Rock. This is still on the inside of the cover, now published with Ignatius Press,

To Thomas Howard, who courageously journeyed beyond the boundaries of his Fundamentalist Protestant roots to discover the glory of the Catholic Church and, in so doing, broke through a hidden barrier, opening the door for thousands of orphaned souls to glimpse the light. But even more than that, he wrote Evangelical Is Not Enough and, in so doing, made it possible for me, my family, and countless friends and fellow Evangelicals to find the Catholic Church, which, from our birth, had been darkly shrouded by grotesque caricatures and misinformation. His life and pages have enabled us to embark on a great love affair with the ancient Church, which we have found to be forever young. For this great treasure, we owe an eternal debt of gratitude.

With his usual eloquent learnedness and charming style Dr. Thomas explains his 50 year journey from Fundamentalist Protestantism, through the Anglican Church into the Catholic Church. By the way, this is the first ever episode of EWTN’s The Journey Home.

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Patrick Coffin Interviews Lizzie Reezay about her Conversion

March 27, 2018

Watch the new video of Patrick Coffin interviewing YouTube star Lizzie about her conversion to the Catholic Church HERE. To see my book Upon this Rock which helped Lizzie click HERE.

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Billy Graham’s Early Influence on My Life & an Excellent Recent Talk by Rev. Billy Graham

February 21, 2018

I have a soft spot in my heart for this man because he has had a PROFOUND impact on our family. It was his message over the airwaves in 1953 that first brought my mom to Christ and my mom and dad then brought us boys to a living and vibrant knowledge of Jesus Christ.  […]

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Lizzie the Famous Protestant Blogger Converts – Mentions my Book

February 20, 2018

I had not known about Lizzy before today. I had a good number of people tell me that she is a famous Protestant blogger who had just announced her conversion to the Catholic Church. I found out that she had mentioned my book Upon this Rock (and held it up as she talked on the […]

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“Dear Mr. Bible Guy, Thanks for Confronting my Son…”

January 17, 2018

Posted in National Catholic Register: Dear Mr. Bible Guy Who Tried to Convert My Son and His Friends: These kids don’t just know the Bible, the Catechism, and Church history. They know how to think. Excellent article written by Jennifer Fitz Dear Christian Bible Guy, I want to thank you for coming up to my son and […]

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Tiffany’s Story: From Mixed Background to Catholic – link fixed

January 9, 2018

Mother was raised Methodist and my father was raised Catholic but neither were religious when they were married. They were married by the Justice of the Peace and by God’s grace my sister and I were baptized in a American-Danish Lutheran Church in Minneapolis Minnesota as infants. My guess is the decision was more about […]

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Quoted in excellent National Catholic Register about why we Catholics stay in the Church

January 7, 2018

Why These Catholic Converts Remain Posted by Judy Roberts on Sunday Jan 7th, 2018 at 9:18 AM “Leaving the Church in ‘protest’ against perceived problems isn’t a Catholic option, former Protestants explain.” For the whole insightful and encouraging article, click HERE.

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Why Rayla Left Calvary Chapel and Evangelical Protestantism

December 29, 2017

Rayla sent me an email and gave me permission to share it. Calvary Chapel (my wife Janet was associated with them in her younger days) boasts that 80% of their members are “ex-Catholics.” Thanks for sharing Rayla! I came across your blog and am very impressed. After being raised Baptist, them attending Calvary Chapels for […]

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Catholics Doing Street Evangelism? Yes, and Growing Fast! Join them!

November 23, 2017

 Cities across the country are now set up with Catholics evangelizing in the streets. And the phenomenon is growing. Many are converts, some have been Catholics all their lives – but all are excited and can’t keep it quiet any longer.  They are training new recruits. It is fun and fruitful. It is blessed and […]

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Our Conversion Story in Easy-to-Read Format with Lots of Pictures

October 29, 2017

I can still smell the green vinyl of the used couch in our living room as I knelt with my mom, with my face buried in my hands and my nose pressed into the vinyl. She had decided I was old enough — after all I was four years old. She didn’t want to wait […]

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White Supremacy, Black Power, to Islam, then the Road to Damascus: My Journey into the Fullness of the Christian Faith

October 21, 2017

Follow Dustin through the phases of his life including Islam until he finally discovered the Catholic Church. Maybe you’re like me (aside from being born with Cerebral Palsy and defying doctors’ pronouncements, by the grace of God, that I would be confined to a wheelchair and relegated to a vegetative state). Maybe you grew up […]

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White Bread and Shot Glass of Grape Juice: But Now I am Home!

September 16, 2017

Revet Elizabeth wrote: I grew up Catholic, left off practice of my faith, then wandered around several churches before coming back.  It just seemed like the preaching I was hearing treated the Bible like Ann Landers, and people wanted to be soothed rather than challenged.  There would be preaching and singing but no Eucharist.  It’s […]

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Embarrassing and Inane Article in Crux Magazine Saying Catholic Converts Suffer from Neurosis

August 11, 2017

AUSTEN IVEREIGH’S SLAM AGAINST CONVERTS IN CRUX STIRRED UP A FIRESTORM. Below is a link to his article, comments, his subsequent apology and Crux’s response with new guidelines. UPDATE SATURDAY, 8/12/17 To his credit Austen Iverigh apologized for his article. The introductory paragraph says, Recently I used the term “convert neurosis” as a metaphor, and […]

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Triumph & Tragedy: Jimmy Akins Conversion Story and Loss of his Wife

July 13, 2017

 Get a cup of coffee, turn off the TV and settle in for a great story. Not just gut-wrenching and edifying, but also a Introductory Course in Apologetics. Enjoy the conversion story of the man I now call “The Godfather of Apologetics.” A TRIUMPH AND A TRAGEDY James Akin I broke off a piece of […]

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