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Journeys Home [Paperback]

By Marcus Grodi (Author)
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Contains the inspiring conversion stories of Protestant clergy and laity who heard the call to follow Jesus more faithfully. Through history, theology, tradition, Scripture, and personal testimony, they each learned to listen to the voice of Jesus' church. A must-read for any non-Catholic considering the claims of Catholicism or for Catholics who want to strengthen their faith in the Church.

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This book contains the conversion stories of men and women who, as a result of thier surrender to Jesus Christ, heard a call to follow Him more completely. Many of them were Protestant pastors, or missionaries. Others were laymen who, though working in secular jobs, took their calling to serve Christ in the world very seriously. These men and women all discovered Jesus Christ in some branch of Protestantism, yet in each case, their desire to follow Christ faithfully, and to remain faithful to the truth He taught and the Church he established through His apostles, led them to consider the claims of the Catholic Church.

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Studio: C H Resources
Pages   442
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.08" Width: 5.2" Height: 1.17"
Weight:   1.04 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2006
Publisher   C H Resources
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0970262167  
ISBN13  9780970262165  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! I am a former Protestant minister. Like so many others who have trodden the path that leads to Rome by way of that country known as Protestantism, I never imagined I would one day convert to Catholicism. By temperament and training I?m more of a pastor than a scholar, so the story of my conversion to the Catholic Church may lack the technical details in which theologians traffic and in which some readers delight. But I hope I will accurately explain why I did what I did, and why I believe with all my heart that all Protestants should do likewise.

Marcus Grodi currently resides in Zanesville, in the state of Ohio. Marcus Grodi was born in 1952.

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It Feels so Good to be Home  Sep 4, 2007
Marcus Grodi of the "Coming Home" network has put together this wonderful collection of conversion stories that have appeared over the years in his network newsletter. Included is his own story and that of his wife Marilyn. The stories in this book vary from conversion to Catholicism from Islam and Judaism to conversion from various Protestant denominations to stories of those who left the Church for what they perceived to be greener pasture only to eventually come home. The title of both Grodi's network and book are extremely appropriate because when one makes this journey there is an intense feeling of finally being home.

As is to be expected in any collection of essays such as this one there are going to be chapters that are better than others and there are going to be stories that appeal to one reader more than another. The first section of the book is dedicated to conversion stories from former Protestant clergy who have often in the process of conversion lost their very livelihood. The second section is made up of stories from lay converts who seldom faced the loss of their profession but did often face the loss of friends and family ties. I found from reading this book that I was one of the lucky ones because my family was very supportive although I am the only one so far to make the journey.

Anyone who has made the journey home is well aware of the ridiculous misconceptions that many non-Catholics have about the Catholic Church and many of the people who have added their story to this collection have faced the same misconceptions both from family and friends and in many instances from within themselves. Becoming Catholic as an adult is really a life-long process because there is so much to learn and absorb that we can never take it all in but this book is an excellent resource because so many of the stories are written from the perspective of people who have walked the same road and can speak to converts in ways that those fortunate enough to be cradle Catholics never could. In other words, they speak the lingo that we who were raised outside the Church understand. For those who are considering coming home the same applies, as you will find in this book people who have already trod the path that you are considering and who have faced every conceivable issue that you now face. They made the journey successfully and have graciously shared their stories for the benefit of others. Even cradle Catholics will benefit from reading this book because they will undoubtedly learn some things about the Church that they didn't already know and will also gain a clearer understanding of what a convert faces as he/she makes the most important decision of their life. This one is a gem and belongs in every Catholic library. RCIA directors in particular should take special note of this valuable resource.
Stimulating conversion stories for the soul, a great gift offering.  May 10, 2007
Journeys Home by Marcus Grodi and a "host of others" is a very inspirational book that details the religious experiences of converts who accepted the Catholic Church and her teachings as the one true Church. Having "come home" myself as a lay person through my baptism in April of 2004, the many experiences as detailed in this book resonated quite piercingly, and I found it to be of immeasurable comfort, for there is often an array of painful struugles that converts go through, especially in respects to family opinions. And perhaps in light of the clergy sex scandal cover-up and other reprehensible happenings that rocked Massachusetts not too far back, the proverbial, "You're converting to Catholicism! What a mistake!" comment would be somewhat understandable. And those comments could get far far worse. However, Journeys Home offers wonderful written testamonials by many stimulating converts. And though their stories are different, they are individually moving in their sincerity and profoundness and are interlaced by one common denominator: the love of Jesus Christ.

Profiled in this book is a vast array of individuals who crossed the "Tiber" from the Jewish, Muslim, Mormon, Episcopal, et cetera, faith. In their witness, they write about their upbringings and the imbued misconceptions that they held regarding the Catholic faith, about our Blessed Mother Mary, the rosary, confession and especially the Holy Eucharist. Each recounted experience deals with what is the most accurate scriptural interpretation, as well as the incorrect evangelical belief of sola Scriptura and sola fide, that Scripture and faith alone will save you. Yet, it is not exclusively limited to academic or theological interpretation, but for me, I found that to be one of the best parts of all these testimonials, because it gave a constant affirmation of what the Bible teaches and what the early Chrurch Fathers advocated, long before any of the other religious denominations (you name them) ever came into existence and which later splintered and splintered and splintered. And I believe the splintering is still going on. With the logical and intellectual, there are also ample examples of the gift of Grace which are movingly recounted.

For anyone who is seriously drawn to the Catholic faith but just can't make the leap, it can indeed be most unsettling, especially when you fear the loss of all that which is familiar, but the articualte and intelligent proofs as contained in Journeys Home illustrate the various trials that these converts went though, and they go through the gamut of loss of friends, jobs, self-doubt, to a vast array of issues. But they trugged on, as Jesus Christ did, and ultimately persevered, and that makes each individual witness have a somewhat overly "happy" ending. That may sound zealous and euphoric or too sentimental, but when you go through the cultural, political, sociological and even spiritual mud that life has to offer, you are indeed grateful to God, the Father, for cohesiveness, consistency, history, stability, tradition and roots. And the Catholic Church, though its millions of members are flawed in every conceivable way imaginable, it is that one special gift for all of us.
A great conversion resource  May 2, 2000
If you're struggling to convert to the Catholic faith, or just love reading the stories of others that have then you will particularly enjoy this book.

Marcus Grodi, founder of the Coming Home Network and host of the EWTN television show "Coming Home" contributed to and edited this fine book featuring the conversion stories of many (Lutheran, Jew, and Evangelical Protestant) and how they came into the Catholic faith.

Many of the stories come directly from the Coming Home Network Journal.

The book is helpful in that it provides suggestions particularly for former Protestant clergy that have converted to Catholicism. Faced with a decision which means losing their job and a means of providing for their family, the Coming Home Network offers valuable suggestions and linkages that can help such individuals find employment. The book also includes some survey results from converts.

As an added bonus, the Appendix features the popular Catholic Answers booklet, "Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth" - a tract that has been helpful to hundreds of thousands in explaining the misconceptions that so many have about Catholicism.

A Hearty Meal for the Hungry Explorer  Feb 22, 1999
This book is a valuable addition to the ever-expanding collection of conversion testimonies written by Evangelical Protestant converts to the Catholic Church.

"Journeys Home" is a trustworthy roadmap, complete with biblical and historical signposts, that shows the way out of the wilderness and into the Catholic Church. Good for the mind, great for the soul.

Protestant Clergy "Come Home" to the Catholic Church  Apr 7, 1998
"Journeys Home" is a collection of articles which originally appeared in the newsletter of the "Coming Home Network," an association of Protestant clergy who have "come home" to the Catholic faith.

Many of the narratives echo themes in traditional conversion stories such as Thomas Merton's "The Seven Storey Mountain" or John Henry Newman's "Apologia Pro Vita Sua." The conversion process can be at once exhilirating and confusing. It can result in pain and grief, especially when one is separated from loved ones and friends.

One of the chapters in the book is my own account of how I journeyed from the Seventh-day Adventist faith in which I was raised, through Lutheranism (including ordination as a Lutheran pastor), to Catholicism. My wife, however, remained a Seventh-day Adventist.

The book will be of particular interest to those with an interest in Catholic apologetics. It will also be useful for those interested in the dynamics of the conversion process.


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