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A Century of Catholic Converts [Paperback]

By Lorene Hanley Duquin (Author)
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Through fascinating stories of well-known converts, explore how historical context influences conversions, the inspiration inherent in Catholicism, and the role of others along the way.

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What do J.R.R. Tolkien, author of Lord of the Rings; "Jane Roe" of Roe vs. Wade; Maria Von Trapp of the "Sound of Music"; Dr. Bernard Nathanson, abortion doctor who coined the phrase "pro-choice, " and John Wayne, famous Western actor have in common? All are 20th century Catholic converts. Now the spiritual biographies of these luminaries, along with the stories of nearly 50 others who entered the Church in the last 100 years have been gathered in one captivating volume. These thumbnail sketches capture the essence of what changed the hearts of these men and women from all walks of life, all levels of education, wealth, fame, and prestige. Let their stories help you understand why the Faith continues to inspire and attract the greatest minds of recent history.

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Studio: Our Sunday Visitor
Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2003
Publisher   Our Sunday Visitor
ISBN  1931709017  
ISBN13  9781931709019  

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More About Lorene Hanley Duquin

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lorene Hanley Duquin is the mother of four adult children and Director of Parish Life at St. John the Baptist Church in Lockpot, New York. She has written books, articles, and pamphlets for Our Sunday Visitor.

Lorene Hanley Duquin currently resides in Williamsville, in the state of New York.

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Helpful, interesting, and worthwhile read  Aug 31, 2005
This fine descriptive work traces a number of conversion narratives, highlighting various points in the lives of these Catholic converts. I found the references for further reading very helpful. There is little to no commentary accompanying the narratives; the author lays out the events and lets them speak for themselves. The book is divided into decades and offers a brief overview of the historical moment in which the conversions in that section took place, which I found important for context.

The book works well as an entry into other, more in-depth readings/narratives about the converts whose stories we witness in these pages. It is a necessary addition to the ranks of extant collections of Catholic conversion stories, providing encouragement to those on their way to Rome and for those interested in faith turning points in a complex century.
A wonderful anthology  Jul 24, 2003
When I first picked up "A Century of Catholic Converts" I was fully expecting to find a dozen or so of mini-bios of some of the more famous converts of the 20th century, men & women like Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton and Malcolm Muggridge. To my surprise and delight what I found were dozens(!) of stories of some very famous (for other reasons) and fascinating Catholic converts, many of whose names at one time graced the society or entertainment pages years ago. Before reading Duquin's book I thought I was "up" on who was (or is)Catholic, especially converts. I was not aware, until I read this book, that Dave Brubeck, Sir Alec Guinness and Clare Booth Luce, for instance, had converted to Catholicism. Many more such surprises await the reader of "A Century of Catholic Converts." Not only is the book easy reading, but the chapters are brief enough that each conversion story can be easily read in one sitting. Even if I were not Catholic I think I would have still enjoyed reading this volume.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book!  Jul 16, 2003
What I enjoyed most about the book is reading the conversion stories of many men and women I never realized had converted to Catholicism. Chesterton I knew about. Same with Thomas Merton and Catherine de Hueck Doherty (whose amazing life Lorene Duquin chronicles in one of her earlier books, "They Called Her the Baroness"). But surprises abound in this 235 page book. I hadn't realized Sir Alec Guinness had converted to Catholicism. John Howard Griffin of "Black Like Me" fame has his conversion story told in these pages, as well as that of Israel Zolli (Chief Rabbi of Rome during the Second World War), and American jazz great Dave Brubeck. And that's not all. Not even close. If you like conversion stories you'll want to add a copy of this book to your personal library. Five stars all the way!

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