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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 Publications
Binding: Paper
Pages: 154 pp

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Product Code: MIS85

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"Her book shows the power of love and hospitality to soften hearts." —Susan Olasky, World magazine

"There are some stories that just need to be told—some testimonies of the Lord’s grace that are so unusual and so encouraging that they will bless everyone who hears them. This is exactly the case with Rosaria Butterfield, who recently authored The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert." —Tim Challies, challies.com

"As you read Champagne Butterfield’s incredibly poignant and vulnerable account, you can’t help but put yourself in Smith’s place…. Would you have reached out to a woman who thought Christians and their God were ‘stupid, pointless and menacing’?" —Jim Daly, president, Focus on the Family

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.

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.

Also available in a newly expanded edition, ISBN 978-1884527807.
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5 of 5 the secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert July 10, 2016
Reviewer: David Harris from Eagle River, WI United States  
An astonishing story. Proof of the power of the Bible standing alone to bring people to real faith in Christ-overcoming even the strongest arguments against the Christian faith.  The critique of the church is most important to me-striking at being real and simply loving in our approach to the unsaved.  This book is an electromagnet for those who care for truth and depth in their Christian faith. I am in my second reading and I have made my second purchase of multiple copies to give to others.

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5 of 5 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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4 of 5 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:
5 of 5 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:
5 of 5 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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