Item description for No Price Too High: A Penecostal Preacher Becomes Catholic: The Inspirational Story of Alex Jones by Alex Jones & Diane Marie Morey Hanson...
Overview Alex Jones was an "on-fire" Pentecostal minister in Detroit who was a completely dedicated shepherd of his flock. He greatly loved his people and they loved him. In seeking to give his flock the most genuine experience of the early Church prayer and worship services, he carefully read Scripture, the Fathers of the Church and writings of the early saints. The more he read, the more Alex came to the startling conclusion that the present day Catholic Church - and the Holy Mass - is the same exact "worship service " from the very early Church. Alex began to share his findings with his parish, and eventually Alex, and most of his parish, joined the Catholic Church. This is his incredible story of a black Pentecostal minister's challenging and dramatic spiritual journey, and the flock that followed him. Today he preaches with his usual passion about Christ - as a Catholic deacon! This book tells the story of Alex's life from his childhood all the way to his conversion to Catholicism in 2001. It simultaneously tells the story of his wife, Donna, and her spiritual journey as well, which shows how they were not always on the same path during Alex's preparation for entering the Catholic Church. Each had to be personally, deeply convinced that this momentous, life-changing and career-changing spiritual decision was God's will for them. Illustrated with numerous photos.
Publishers Description Alex Jones was an "on-fire" Penecostal minister in Detroit Who was a completely dedicated shepherd of his flock. He greatly loved his people and they loved him. In seeking to give his flock the most genuine experience of the early Church prayer and worship services, he carefully read Scripture, the Fathers of the Church and writings of the early saints. The more he read, the more Alex came to the startling conclusion that the present day Catholic Church - and the Holy Mass - is the same exact "worship service" from the very early Church. Alex began to share his findings with his parish, and eventually Alex, and most of his parish, joined the Catholic Church. This is his incredible story of a black Penecostal minister's challenging and dramatic spiritual jounrey, and the flock that followed him. Today he preaches with his usual passion about Christ - as a Catholic deacon This book tells the story of Alex's life from his chidhood all the way to his conversion to Catholicism in 2001. It simultaneously tells the story of his wife, Donna, and her spiritual journey as well, which shows how they were not always on the same path during Alex's preparation for entering the Catholic Church. Each had to be personally, deeply convinced that this momentous, life-changing and career-changing spiritual decision was God's will for them.
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Alex Jones is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and political researcher. His news websites, infowars.com and prisonplanet.com, are at the forefront of the exploding alternative media. Jones is recognized by many as the father of the 9/11 truth movement, being the first to question the government's official story. His daily radio show is syndicated nationally.
Alex Jones currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York. Alex Jones was born in 1956.
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This book wasn't quite what I expected Mar 13, 2008
The book plots the story of Alex Jones', a black Pentecostal minister's, conversion to Catholicism. The story is familiar and I agree with his logic: simply, that the Catholic Church is the oldest Church and the true successor to the Church Fathers. Anyone who looks at the facts will find there are no real arguments against this: "To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant."
My gripe with this book is that Deacon Jones doesn't really prove to a critic's satisfaction why the Apostolic Church Fathers views aren't merely 'interpretation' too, over against the fundamentalist view that they are presenting the pure Bible. He tries but I don't think he fully succeeds or spends enough time pointing out that fundamentalists DON'T read Scripture in a strictly literal and non-interpretative manner.
I used to be a 'Pentecostal'. a white Pentecostal and yet having read Jones I actually think my Elim Pentecostal denomination was really "second wave" charismatic. Jones' Pentecostalism was the hard-core 'real deal'. I was genuinely shocked to read of Jones' account of racism from U.S. whites in the mid-twentieth century, and the African-American Christian's quite understandable embitterment. It's very interesting to read of Jones' post-conversion struggle to assimulate into a largely Eurocentric Catholic Church in America.
This book is no triumphalistic pro-Catholic spiel. Jones' story is a true human interest story about the struggles of converting from lively, emotionalistic "soul religion" to an often stagnant but historical and intellectually legitimate Catholicism sadly marred by nominalism and Eurocentric practices. This book wasn't quite what I expected. I felt a bit down after reading it. (Being English I've posted this review on the U.K. site too)
Rome's revival fire is a consuming fire Feb 20, 2008
A famous convert from the past century, John Newman, once quipped, "The fathers made me Catholic." Karl Keating, author of Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The Attack on "Romanism" by "Bible Christians", called the Fathers of the Church, "The most dangerous men in Christianity." Alex Jones knows what they meant. Alex was a successful evangelical pastor with a respectable congregation of pentecostal Christians when, in the late 1990's, he began to explore what the early church was really like. Following the discipline of a good historian, Alex began to dig deeply into the primary sources of the Apostolic Fathers and what he found called him to action.
The actions Alex began to take seemed simple enough at first. He would share his findings with his congregation and make changes to their service to more closely align it with the early church. It did not take long for his congregation to notice that there was something all too familiar in these changes. They realized the early church had not disappeared as they had supposed but that it was not in the cultural norms of their experience either. Instead, the early church had changed little. In fact, the early church service was alive and well in the Catholic church. Alex's world began to fall apart. His congregation began to see where things were leading in some case faster than he did himself. Attendance began to dwindle. Good friends began to leave. Those who remained felt compelled to action as well - some could not hold back any longer when Alex informed them what he had to do. Many who had listened to what he had learned from the Fathers were compelled to the same action as Alex and his family. And in one day more than 50 evangelicals from Alex's church converted to the Catholic faith together.
The cost was high for Alex in particular. Relationships with his congregation, friends, and especially his family, were strained to breaking in some cases. But Alex was determined that no price was too high in pursuit of the truth that he had discovered. If it would cost him everything, he knew he had to have an authentic relationship with Jesus or no relationship at all. God intervened once more in his life and brought his family through in victory over those challenges together.
With the pathos and joyful strains to be expected of a charismatic preacher like Alex, he conveys his story. But it does not stop with only his testimony. Following his story, his wife, Donna, shares her own story of learning to trust where God was leading. Both had to challenge their own assumptions and biases. Both grew to love the church they once distrusted and even feared. Neither knowing where the road of faith would lead, both learned from those most dangerous men that it led to Rome. Their story will stir the hearts of fellow evangelicals to follow the Fathers and saints who have gone before. It can stir the hearts of Catholics to a new sense of the treasure they have in the ancient tradition of faith. Be careful, Rome's revival fires might just touch you too. It reminds us of the lyrics to that old evangelical revival hymn: "Revive us again; Fill each heart with Thy love; May each soul be rekindled With fire from above.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory. Hallelujah! Amen. Hallelujah! Thine the glory. Revive us again.!"
A scholarly book about conversion - written from the heart Oct 22, 2007
Before I heard Alex Jones speak in person for three hours I had no intention of buying his book. I thought I could get his message by listening. I did get it - and I wanted more. Because the book was written "as told to Diane Hanson", it is very much like he talked. I did laugh a lot more while hearing him because he has a great sense of humor, and a gentle but dynamic delivery, which for me added much to the impact of his message.
Other reviewers have done a good job of outlining the content of the book. What I want to add is that for me Alex Jones articulated what it is that brought me back to practicing my faith, and keeps me there, in spite of many challenges I find in the lack of responsiveness of much of the hierarchy and missing some of the very dimensions of spiritual life that Alex Jones had in his previous Church. I would strongly recommend this book to any "cradle Catholic" for an enriched perspective of what they have received by being born into Catholicism. Hopefully, some day we can keep what we have received and have it further enriched by what Alex Jones has to share with us.
Giving glory to horrifying events Aug 7, 2007
This book very simply glorifies horrible things done by a misguided man. It's not that he became a Catholic that is so troubling, but rather what he did to his congregation in the wake of his missteps. He destroyed a church, broke up a family, and hurt more people than I can count. So what's the next step? Write a book about it and profit from their misery.
Face to Face With Authentic Christianity May 28, 2007
"No Price Too High" is the true story of Pastor Alex Jones' movement from being a lifelong Pentecostal to being baptized a Catholic (with his wife and 50% of his congregation) in 2000 at the age of 60. In doing so, Jones had to abandon his career, the church he founded, and face innumerable personal and professional obstacles.
Jones' journey towards Catholicism began with a Wednesday night Bible Study when he asked participants "How would you like to get into a time machine and go back two thousand years to the time of the early Church?" They liked the idea so Jones' embarked on an investigative journey into Church history - a journey in which he discovered the writings of the Apostolic Fathers, Apostolic Tradition, and the truth about the Catholic Church.
Jones' provides ample details about his theological "conversion" and the difficulty of accepting a Church he believed all his life to be "not Christian." He shares his experience of coming "face-to-face" with authentic Christianity as it was handed down by the Apostles to the first generation of bishops, the Apostolic Fathers. And why he could not turn back.
While "No Price Too High" highlights what he misses and the barriers presented by the US Catholic Church to non-euro centric cultures, Jones has, through recent travels, experienced African (has many of the those things he misses) and Eastern versions of the Church. He has found the Catholic Church to be truly one and catholic (universal).
Jones does not claim the Catholic Church to be perfect and without its problems. He knows that there are "imperfect people (in the Church) with hidden agendas and imperfect people struggling with racism, duplicity, immorality, injustice, hypocrisy, and spiritual lethargy" - the usual list of human failings. But as a former pastor of two Pentecostal congregations, he knows that all who work in any human endeavor encounter the same human failings!
"No Price Too High" closes with a narrative by Jones' wife, Donna, detailing her difficult journey towards Catholicism. She was "purely Pentecostal" and did not follow blindly.
Alex and Donna Jones' inspirational story will be of interested to spiritual seekers, particularly Catholics who have left the Catholic Church for Evangelical and Pentecostal churches and non-Catholics enrolled in RICA programs (required for entry into the Catholic Church). Seeing the Catholic Church through the eyes of the Joneses, who had to dig deep in abandoning their lifelong-held faith, will be an eye-opener for seekers and/or those who are confused about the Catholic Church.
Alex Jones serves today as a Deacon in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit.