HUNTINGTON, Indiana, July 22, 2016 – Detailing his circuitous route into the Catholic Church, bestselling author and convert, Kevin Lowry, shares memoirs and stumbling blocks in grappling with the beliefs of Catholicism.
“I wrestled against the whole idea of it,” says Lowry. As a proud Protestant preacher’s kid, 20 years ago attending a Catholic university, Lowry remembers how “do-gooder Catholics” bugged him and how he enjoyed taking a contrarian, mocking tone toward them.
One Sunday morning, after a raucous all-night drinking blast, he noticed his fraternity brothers going to Mass instead of sleeping, and wondered why. When his grades hit bottom and he was ousted from the school, he had to go home in disgrace to his parents. After working in a local corporation with stunted potential, he petitioned the same Catholic college to take him back, earned his undergrad and MBA, and pursued his future wife. Today they’re both converts to Catholicism.
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.”
“Here is the next great conversion story!” says New York Times best-selling author and co-founder of The Amazing Parish movement, Patrick Lencioni, of Lowry’s book, among other endorsements for it. “How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming is 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 his faith, and every curious seeker wondering what is so special about the Catholic Church.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kevin Lowry was a rebellious preacher’s kid who was exposed to numerous faith traditions in his youth. Against all odds, he eventually converted to Catholicism along with his wife. Kevin feels privileged to serve several organizations as an executive or board member. He is also the author of the earlier bestseller, Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck (OSV). He and his wife, along with their eight children, live in Columbus, Ohio.
ABOUT OUR SUNDAY VISITOR
The world’s largest English-language Catholic publisher, Our Sunday Visitor serves millions of Catholics globally through its publishing, offertory, and communication services. Established in 1912, Our Sunday Visitor publishes a wide range of books including Bibles, biographies of the saints, books by Pope Francis, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, children’s books, devotionals, bible studies, inspirational works, and curricula. Our Sunday Visitor is a not-for-profit organization, returning a portion of net earnings back to the Catholic community through the Our Sunday Visitor Institute. For more information, visit www.osv.com.