Catholic by Choice: Why I Embraced the Faith, Joined the Church, and Embarked on the Adventure of a Lifetime  -     By: Richard Cole
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Catholic by Choice: Why I Embraced the Faith, Joined the Church, and Embarked on the Adventure of a Lifetime

Loyola Press / 2014 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Loyola Press
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 0829440569
ISBN-13: 9780829440560

Publisher's Description

"I look around the church as we sing. I was expecting the Hollywood version of a monastery, something European looking, with vineyards and massive stone buildings and ivy-covered cloisters. I wanted sturdy monks singing with deep, vibrant voices, like the Gregorian chant CDs that I play at home when I take a hot bath and light candles and sticks of incense.

… Why am I here? To get a bit of rest. Read a few books. That’s what I thought, anyway. Now, I’m not sure."

Richard Cole initially saw his trip to a monastery in western Texas as a retreat—to check out for a few days, maybe a chance to catch up on his reading. Instead, Cole embarks on a zigzagging roller coaster of emotion and examination as he discerns, dissects, and discovers the incredible vibrancy of the Catholic community. Catholic by Choice provides a funny and joyous look at adult Catholic conversion from the point of view of a modern convert, telling a deeply personal yet relatable story of discovery, doubt, and finding a place at God’s table.

Author Bio

Richard Cole is the author of two collections of poetry: The Glass Children and Success Stories. His poetry and prose have been published in The New Yorker, Poetry, The SunHudson Review and Image Journal: Good Letters. He lives with his family in Austin, TX. Learn more at www.richard-cole.net.

Editorial Reviews

"Richard Cole’s lovely, honest spiritual memoir was a good read. His unsparing self-awareness strips the sugar-coating from his conversion story and makes it much more than the same-old."
- Margaret Felice


 "Catholic by Choice is a quick read, Richard Cole's fine writing style combined with funny anecdotes keeps the pages turning."
- William C. Mills

"Whether you are an interested observer of faith, wondering why Catholics do the things they do, or a life-long Catholic who could use a booster shot of enthusiasm, you’ll enjoy Richard Cole’s honest, highly relatable and often funny story of his adult conversion to Catholicism."
- Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

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