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The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

An English Professor's Journey into Christian Faith

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So thankful for this helpful Christian resource!!
I learned of this book while searching for resources to aid me in understanding scriptures' perspective on homosexuality - and I'm am so thankful I did!! My twenty-year-old son and I have both listened to it, to our benefit. Dr. Butterfield's earnest desire for God to work in her life convicted me of my own laxity, and her evident transformation testifies to the truth that the promise, "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed," extends indeed to freedom from homosexual behaviors (John 8:36).
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Review by / (Posted on 4/5/2014)
Fascinating Salvation Account
The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield is the intimately personal story of a woman coming to God over the period of a couple of years. This is a very interesting testimony of a woman far from God, who slowly comes to know Him not as a judgmental God but a loving one who is interested in her life.

Rosaria had to struggle with the homosexual, atheist lifestyle she was living as well as other obstacles from both within and outside of the church. It truly is a fascinating conversion story but it doesn't stop there, it deals with trying to fit in at church, developing a loving relationship with a man and adoption issues after marriage.

I found most of this book to be intriguing and provoking with hints of sadness as fellow Christians tried to push her away rather than see the person she could become with Christ. Some of the opinions near the end of the book on singing only psalms and home schooling, I didn't agree with and didn't really fit in with the rest of a good testimony but the good far outweighs the bad.

The narration was very good I thought as it was the author narrating it and it is a very personal journey to faith, so her delivery, emotion and tone were very evident. Also being a former English professor her delivery is very clear, which made listening easy.

This book would be great for anyone to read as it would have applications to all different walks of life. It would be especially helpful to people struggling with homosexuality or intellectual struggles with Christianity.

This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.
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Review by / (Posted on 3/9/2014)
A Book I Don't Think I'll Ever Forget
A precious book containing a number of insights about Christianity from someone who used to be an arch outsider. Her occasional critiques of conservative Christian culture are worth hearing. The grace of God in rescuing her is amazing. The human means by which she was rescued—a local septuagenerian pastor who showed hospitality to her and asked wise, probing question—is a testimony to us all.

Christian Audio gave me a review copy, and Rosaria herself is the reader. She's a special Christian sister whom I admire greatly, it was wonderful to hear her read through her own work.
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Review by / (Posted on 2/4/2014)
A Real Faith Journey
I have quite enjoyed listening to this audio, which is a bit different to the normal faith journey stories, which I think is part of it's appeal. I loved the author's honesty about her conversion journey and about her doubts and fears. It is really nice to listen to someone admitting that they don't know it all in regards to a new faith in Jesus. I wasn't keen on the long doctrinal texts that were read out but understand that they are a part of the author's story.
I did find the chapters are bit too long and overwhelming in length, as I prefer to listen to smaller amounts that I can mull over. The author's narration is very good and you can tell that she is used to public speaking from her delivery.
I would recommend this too all believers in different parts of their faith journey, as there is a lot to learn here and put into practice.
Thanks to christianaudio.com Reviewer's Program for the free copy.
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Review by / (Posted on 1/4/2014)
Boldly honest!
When scanning through books to read, I came upon this gem. I had never heard of Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, but the title was very intriguing. I placed it on my "to read" wish list. Then I was blessed to see it offered for audiobook review. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance.

This book has to be one of the most heartfelt biographies I have read (or listened to) in a long time. Rosaria's story is not you average - "I did drugs and Jesus saved me" testimony. She was an English professor, a gay rights activist, and a practicing lesbian. She was writing a book against the christian right, when God stepped in.

When going through some love and hate mail from an article she wrote against Promise Keepers, one letter challenged her belief system and lead her to a whole different perspective. Her life did not change overnight. God dealt with her heart over a period of time. We get a glimpse at the highs and lows of her life as God dealt with her heart,

We normally see the person come to the Lord at the end of a book like this. But in this case, Rosaria is saved in the middle. We not only get a glimpses of her life without Christ, we also get to see what happens after she is saved.

Boldly honest, this book pulls no punches! The narration is preformed by the author and it is well done. Because it is her story, we hear the emotion as she reads.

I highly recommend this audiobook and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

I enjoyed this book courtesy of the Christian Audio review program at http://christianaudio.com and received the audio book, free of charge, from ChristianAudio.com and Crown & Covenant Publications in exchange for an honest review.
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Review by / (Posted on 1/4/2014)
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