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  The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert
The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert


 
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Author: Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
Publisher: Crown & Covenant
Binding: Paper
Pages: 154 pp

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Product Code: MIS85

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Rosaria, by the standards of many, was living a very good life. She had a tenured position at a large university in a field for which she cared deeply. She owned two homes with her partner, in which they provided hospitality to students and activists that were looking to make a difference in the world. There, her partner rehabilitated abandoned and abused dogs. In the community, Rosaria was involved in volunteer work. At the university, she was a respected advisor of students and her department’s curriculum. And then, in her late 30s, Rosaria encountered something that turned her world upside down—the idea that Christianity, a religion that she had regarded as problematic and sometimes downright damaging, might be right about who God was, an idea that flew in the face of the people and causes that she most loved. What follows is a story of what she describes as a “train wreck” at the hand of the supernatural. These are her secret thoughts about those events, written as only a reflective English professor could.

Conversion put me in a complicated and comprehensive chaos. I sometimes wonder, when I hear other Christians pray for the salvation of the “lost,” if they realize that this comprehensive chaos is the desired end of such prayers. Often, people asked me to describe the “lessons” that I learned from this experience. I can’t. It was too traumatic. Sometimes in crisis, we don’t really learn lessons. Sometimes the result is simpler and more profound: sometimes our character is simply transformed. —Rosaria Butterfield

Praise for Secret Thoughts:

"This autobiography is the launchpad for numerous sophisticated reflections on the nature of life, faith, sexuality, worship, education and other matters. As one would expect from a lover of nineteenth century literature, the book is also beautifully written with many a well-turned sentence; and as one would expect from someone schooled at the highest levels in critical theory, it eschews simplistic pieties for stimulating analyses of both Christian and non-Christian culture. 

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I do not agree with everything she says; but I did learn from everything she wrote. It deserves the widest possible readership." —Dr. Carl Trueman


Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 5 Write a review.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
Life Changing! May 22, 2013
Reviewer: KILEEO WIDEMAN from PHILADELPHIA, PA United States  
Let me begin by saying, for the first time ever, I have read a book to the end, turned back to the first page and started it all over again. No other book (apart from the Bible)has been able to relate, expose, inspire, and encourage me on the level of this here creation. Dr. Butterfield's story is eloquently blended with an incredible engaging literary finesse (as only an English professor can do) and deeply founded testimony (as only a true Christian can tell). This book encouraged me as a man who too knows the sting of SSA-but also the hope of redemption in Jesus Christ! Dr. Butterfield's story, though counter-cultural is one that in the end will serve culture its most necessary dish; the amazing grace of God. Kudos to you Dr. Champagne-Butterfield. I am so godly proud of your testimony, your courage, and your life.
-Kileeo Rashad.

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  1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
 
A Helpful Critique January 8, 2013
Reviewer: William George, Ed.D. from Asheville Christian Academy  
My wife and I enjoyed this book by Dr. Butterfield. It not only helped us to understand what it is like being on the inside of an emerging cultural paradigm, but her critique of the modern evangelical church was also insightful.

I would like to recommend this be read by the girls in our Biblical Womanhood class,as well as my female faculty. My only reluctance is Dr. Butterfield's forays into exclusive psalm-singing for corporate worship, as I believe this is so fringy, that few will relate in our interdenominational school. The message of the book is somehow blunted by this, I believe.

Otherwise, I highly recommend this book.

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  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
 
An Encouraging, Unsettling Read July 20, 2012
Reviewer: Galen Thorp from Cheverly, MD United States  
Be warned-this book will get inside you. You will want to listen, to argue, to laugh, to apologize, to question, to pray, to ponder.  And before you know it, you'll be turning the last page and wondering how to begin to process all that has been churned up within you.

Of all the audiences she could have written for, she chose one close to home.  The chief beneficiaries of her loving descriptions and blunt critiques are folks who have grown up comfortably in evangelical and Reformed churches.  She exposes blind spots as only a sometime-outsider can do.  And she minces no words about the costs and struggles and difficult truths that we'd rather ignore.

But at bottom, this is more a story of the author's God than the author herself.  For that is who she really wants to introduce you to, whether you think you know him or rather wish he/she/it didn't exist.  And the unflinching honesty of the personal portrait will lead you there.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
A profitable read July 15, 2012
Reviewer: Sarah Shipp from Dallas, TX United States  
As one who has been in the Butterfields' home and eaten countless loaves of Rosaria's oatmeal bread during my years at college, her book was yet another way God has used this dear family to further my sanctification. I read a book review recently in which the author considered the book's ability (or in that case, failure) to point readers to a high estimation of God and His Word as a measure of its merit. Using that criterion, I can say that my awe of God and His Word was certainly increased in reading Rosaria's story.

However, I offer a word of caution. It has been a long time since I've been so uncomfortable in my own skin reading a book. Maybe the last Puritan paperback? It would have been a more pleasant (and forgettable!) read if she had simply said what was comfortable and not what was profitable...

Visit http://theshipps.blogspot.com/2012/07/review-of-secret-thoughts-of-unlikely.html to read the full review.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
 
Honest, Glorious, Wise, and a Gut-Punch July 13, 2012
Reviewer: Kirk Blankenship from Lexington, NC United States  
While many pop-evangelical conversion stories are written in an often-clunky style that yields a narrative arc that reads something like "bad, bad, bad, bad - JESUS - problems solved", Dr. Butterfield's story is honest, glorious, wise, and a punch in the gut. Her story is one that reveals Jesus of Nazareth as no tame lion but also as the perfectly resplendent and irresistible Bright and Morning Star.  But what is, in this reviewer's opinion, equally important as the spiritual transformation that Dr. Butterfield chronicles is the neighborhood the reader gets to know along the way.  Her story is so honest and raw in places that this reader wondered for a time if the grace of the cross and the empty tomb would be enough to sustain her.  There are so many lessons to be learned from Dr. Butterfield that no review could hope to hit all the highlights.  I can't imagine reading this book only once. [read the full review of this book on http://boat14nc.wordpress.com]

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