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.”

“I have been privileged to hear countless conversion stories over the past couple of decades. Kevin Lowry has been a friend throughout this time period, and I have seen God’s grace transform his life over the years, little by little. I pray this book will encourage many people to say yes to Jesus, overcome hurdles in their own lives, and embrace the fullness of the Catholic Church.”
“Conversion is not just for some folks, and it’s not just for once. It’s for everybody, and it’s the ordinary way of Christian life. This book should be the last word of every RCIA program — and the starting point for every parish adult-education program.”
“Let’s face it, all of us at one time or another have been challenged by someone who disagreed with Church teaching. Maybe we’ve even been challenged by our own doubts or questions. That’s why Kevin’s book is such a great resource. It’s an inspiring, practical, and extremely helpful tool not only for those considering coming into the Catholic Church but for cradle Catholics who need some encouragement as well as a refresher course in basic tenets of the faith.”
“Every snowflake is unique and exquisitely beautiful, as is every conversion story; no two are alike. There is nothing like a good conversion story to inspire us, confirm our faith, and give us a good shot of spiritual adrenaline. Kevin Lowry has given us just such an inspiration with his new book, How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church. Having converted to the Catholic Church myself twenty years ago, I can heartily agree with its title. Read his story, and wrestle with him through the eight stumbling blocks. You will be the stronger for it.”
“Kevin Lowry offers a beautiful gift to all Catholics and those considering the Catholic faith. From start to finish, his story of conversion is laced with humility, candor, and countless moments of God’s grace. Kevin rightly shares that the flames of true conversion are always present in our lives: ‘Conversion may flare up and then fade away again, seemingly to nothing, but the truth is that once it has taken hold it can never again become nothing.’ I strongly recommend this book for anyone looking to be inspired and encouraged about our Catholic faith, and I also recommend it for anyone looking for an example of an authentic journey into the Church that Christ founded.”
“Kevin has a beautiful gift of explaining how ‘we don’t know what we don’t know.’ Pick up this book and discover the Catholic world you’ve been longing for all along!”
“A delightful mix of conversion story and apologetics, this book will help Protestants who are curious or on the threshold of the Catholic Church, as well as cradle Catholics who are looking for a refreshing, unique take on conversion, transformation, and the basic tenets of our faith.”
“Conversion necessarily involves a process of discovery. While this is usually uncomfortable, especially at first, we soon find that the Holy Spirit uses these discoveries — and even our discomfort — to order every aspect of our lives towards God. In How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church , Kevin Lowry invites us all to embrace the divine drama that plays out in our everyday lives and to allow ourselves to be transformed through Jesus Christ and His Church. Read this book, and be encouraged to open your heart wide to the Lord’s transformative love.”
“Kevin Lowry hits the nail on the head with heart, humor, and holiness, sharing the raucous story of his circuitous route to the doors of the Catholic Church, opening them wide to those who might wonder what lies inside, and reminding those of us already in the nave of what a wondrous, joyous ship it is that carries us forward, with God, and not us, at the helm. Read How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church, let it transform you through the grace of God, and brace yourself and your family for the glorious changes ahead.”
“How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church by Kevin Lowry is a delightful read. With humor, grace, and charming anecdotes, the author bares his soul to demonstrate that faith is a fascinating adventure which continually transforms us. The author allays our fears, skillfully guiding us through all kinds of possible stumbling blocks to conversion. I highly recommend this book for converts, reverts, and cradle Catholics!”
“Kevin Lowry radiates joy. The man is simply a pleasure to read, in no small part because he embraces the fact that, in the words of the old adage, “You shall know the truth, and the truth will make you odd.” He revels in the foolishness of the Gospel and gives us a story of his entry into its fullness that is winsome and delightful.”
“I loved reading Kevin Lowry’s new book, How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church . Lowry winsomely describes his own unlikely conversion, illuminated by keen insights he’s found by looking back on his life a few decades later. He combines an intriguing personal story with the foundational doctrines that every Protestant considering Catholicism must wrestle with. A winning combination.”
“What Kevin Lowry has crafted in How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church is a book to guide you and challenge you on your journey to holiness. After you read it, you’ll be compelled to take action in your own life so that your own conversion will continue. Thanks, Kevin, for a book that makes conversion more than just someone else’s story.”
“In How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church , Kevin shares — with humor, humility, and brilliant insight — the stories of God working in his life. When you finish this book, I have no doubt that you will find yourself not just challenged but empowered to open your heart wide to God’s transformative grace and the fullness of the Christian faith.”
“To read How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church is to experience the joy of the Gospel! No heavy tome of theology, no obtuse reflection on the interior life this. It is nonetheless theologically grounded and no less reflective of the joy-filled, Holy Spirit-fueled struggle of allowing oneself to be transformed by grace. I found myself nodding in agreement, smiling, and sometimes laughing out loud as I saw similarities between my conversion to the Catholic faith and Kevin’s story. Whether you are a “cradle” Catholic, a convert to the Church, a non-Catholic Christian, a practitioner of another faith tradition, or have no faith tradition at all, I encourage you to read this book and, God willing, be transformed.”