I love a good story.

One of the things I appreciate most about having my conversion story included in Patrick Madrid’s Surprised by Truth 2 is that it’s such a compelling book. I pick it up every year or two and re-read it, because the stories always resonate and provide inspiration.

That’s one of the reasons I read the recently-released Recovering Faith: Stories of Catholics Who Came Home with great interest. The book, instead of conversion stories, is full of “reversion” stories – those who left the Church and later returned. Many of us will recognize people in the book, including public figures such as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, actor Martin Sheen, and best-selling author Dean Koontz.

For anyone who has been saddened by seeing family or friends leave the Church, this book is a wonderful source of encouragement. It’s also a reminder that ultimately, God’s love can transcend even the most hardened hearts – including our own! I’m extremely grateful to the book’s author, Lorene Hanley Duquin, for writing such a terrific book that offers a pervasive sense of hope.

Of course, I can’t help but mention that a couple of the individuals featured in the book are also recent guests on The Journey Home program. I was privileged to meet Tom Peterson of Catholics Come Home and media personality Teresa Tomeo (both fellow Legatus members, as it turns out) during their visits to The Coming Home Network International. The episodes below are well worth watching. Enjoy!