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Staunchly atheist Sally Read converted to Catholicism in the space of nine electric months. In 2010, Read was heralded as one of the bright young writers of the British poetry scene. Feminist and deeply anti-Catholic, she was writing a book about female sexuality when, during her research, she spoke with a Catholic priest. The interview led her on a dramatic spiritual quest that ended up at the Vatican itself, where she was received into the Catholic Church.
Unsurprisingly, this story is written in the vivid language of poetry. Read relates her encounters with the Father, the Spirit and then the Son exactly in the way they were given to hertimely, revelatory and compelling. These transforming events threw new light onto the experiences of her pasther father's death, her work as a psychiatric nurse and her single years in Londonwhile they illumined the challenges of marriage and motherhood in a foreign country. As she developed a close intimacy with the new love that erupted into her life, Christ himself, she found herself coming to embrace a faith she had previously rejected as bigoted and stifling.
"Permeated with brutal honesty and deep love, this is a profoundly moving spiritual autobiography of a born and bred atheist who converted to the Catholic Faith; a faith which she states is 'the only solution to the human condition.' Certain to be thought provoking and edifying for skeptics and convinced Catholics alike."
— Roy Schoeman, Author, Salvation Is From the Jews
— Paul Murray, OP, Angelicum University; Author, T.S. Eliot and Mysticism p>"Warning: Don't start reading this book unless you intend to finish it. I started the first page, and was completely captured until the end. Not only is Sally Read's story gripping, but the words flow and permeate like the early morning sunbeams over a pleasant misty valley. An engrossing story of joyful discoveries for a modern world."
— Steven K. Ray, Author, Crossing the Tiber
"Sally Read brings to her memoir a poet's sensitivity to language, imagery, and emotion. Her vivid, evocative scenes of life in Rome, London, and elsewhere help to show that conversion involves the whole of a person: intellect, emotions, relationships. This well-written account will be of interest to skeptics and believers alike."
— Holly Ordway, Ph.D., Author, Not God's Type
— Marcus Grodi, EWTN Host, The Journey Home p>"When a poet meets God, beauty becomes incarnate. Sally Read's conversion story reads like a modern Song of Songs - unflinching, gripping and enchanting."
— Marie Cabaud Meaney, Author, Embracing the Cross of Infertility
"It has been said that the greatest love story is that of a soul who falls in love with God. Sally Read's conversion story dramatically proves that theory. Her story will make you appreciate your own faith and love for Christ and his Church."
—Terry Barber, Author, How to Share Your Faith with Anyone