"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.
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