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).
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.
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.
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.
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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A testimony to the grace of God, the power of His word, and the hope of the Gospel
This book is a testimony to the grace of God, the power of His word, and the hope of the Gospel. Dr. Butterfield was a tenured professor at Syracuse University teaching Literature and Women’s Studies. Her research focus was a form of post-structuralist criticism known as Queer Theory. She was in a committed lesbian relationship, was an outspoken supporter of the LGBT agenda, and served as an advisor and mentor to homosexual students. As part of her research on the “Christian Right” she began reading the Bible and conversing with a local pastor who lovingly challenged her presuppositions and stereotypes. By the grace of God, she became a believer in Christ and began the difficult process of having her life transformed. She describes her conversion as a train wreck and the book records the long and ongoing process of her being transformed by the renewing of her mind.
The first part of this book, particularly the first chapter, is one of the most compelling things I have read recently. She highlights how the failure of the Christian community to think carefully about the ideas we proclaim and to demonstrate love marginalize those whom we proclaim a desire to reach. Many of Dr. Butterfield’s observations are an indictment against our lack of commitment to open our doors to those who are broken and in need of the Gospel. The implication is perhaps we are content to settle for sloganeering and public positioning because we are content to engage in a discussion about theoretical people rather than in discussions with real people.
Homosexuality is obviously a major issue facing the church in our time and Christians are grappling with the appropriate way to engage the culture. Dr. Butterfield, however, reminds us that homosexuality is only a symptom of a more significant issue that Christ calls us to address; namely sin. The good news, as she reminds us, is that God has equipped the Church through His word and the message of the gospel to do precisely that. She emphasizes that most of the helpful progress be at the individual level as local Churches reach out in truth and love, engaging those in the homosexual community as real people rather than projects, and patiently sharing the gospel.
Her story is also a powerful reminder that we often do not realize what the people sitting next to us in Church are struggling with or who is not there because they felt too uncomfortable to come. It is a reminder that the first word of the great commission is “go”. It is often not enough just to put an invitation card in a mailbox. We need to be willing to take the message of the Gospel outside of the walls of our meetinghouses.
The latter part of the book is a recounting of how significantly her life has changed since her conversion. It covers a number of different topics and includes mild apologetics for adoption, homeschooling, exclusive psalmody, and hospitality. At times, the latter part of the book is a bit like a proud mother rifling through her purse to show you photos of her children. The tone, however, is always sincere and highlights the fact that Dr. Butterfield and her family are real people who are prayerfully continuing on their journey of faith and confidence in Christ.
This book really challenged me to ask if my Church and I are really committed to engaging with those that are different and may make us uncomfortable. Are we confident enough in the Gospel to share it with the outcasts and those on the margins of society? I recommend this book, particularly the first chapter, to anyone who may be asking these questions, and especially to those who are not.
* I received a free copy of this book from christianaudio.com as part of their Reviewers Program. Reviews are not required to be positive and the opinions I have expressed are my own.