How God Called Me Kicking and Screaming into the Catholic Church
In How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming into the Catholic Church, (Our Sunday Visitor, 2016), Lowry unflinchingly reveals his early ‘prodigal’ side and repugnance for all-things-Catholic, and how, through the humbling reality-checks of failure and humiliation, he was drawn to Christ in the Catholic Church.
Fascinating, easy to relate to, and humorous, Lowry admits his journey into Catholicism wasn’t a straight line, and is continually transformational. “Having spent a lot of time on both sides of the Protestant/Catholic divide, I understand what makes Catholicism seem foreign and even threatening to the non-Catholic,” he says. “I know what the hurdles are, and from where the roadblocks are likely to come…and I also know God’s patient, unfailing love for all of us.”
Faith at Work
In his book, Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck (Our Sunday Visitor), Lowry shows that work is an opportunity – not an end in itself – to live a belief-system which affects and softens the hearts of others. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a chief executive or a sanitation engineer … in the face of today’s disregard for God and morality, we must use our talents and persona to show the world that God exists, work is honorable, and being a team player is always preferable to self-aggrandizement,” says Lowry.
“Work is a high calling, but we have to realize an even higher calling while we’re at work – that of being authentic representatives of Christ, no matter what situation we find ourselves in,” Lowry says. “That could be our remaining optimistic and faithful despite things going badly, maintaining trust in God even when immediate solutions aren’t clear, being grateful and humble rather than entitlement-minded and ego-centric, and realizing that integrating faith into work and the rest of life is healthy.”
What people are saying…
“Here is the next great conversion story! A compelling, gritty, and immensely readable narrative. At once a page-turner and theological overview, this is a must read for every lifelong Catholic who needs to remember the beauty of their faith, and every curious seeker wondering what is so special about the Church.”