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Conversion: The Spiritual Journey of a Twentieth Century Pilgrim
     

Conversion: The Spiritual Journey of a Twentieth Century Pilgrim

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by Malcolm Muggeridge
 

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" What is a conversion? The question is like asking, 'What is falling in love?' There is no standard procedure, no fixed time. No Damascus Road experience has been vouchsafed me; I have just stumbled on, like Bunyan's Pilgrim, falling into the Slough of Despond, locked up in Doubting Castle, terrified at passing through the Valley of the

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From the book:

" What is a conversion? The question is like asking, 'What is falling in love?' There is no standard procedure, no fixed time. No Damascus Road experience has been vouchsafed me; I have just stumbled on, like Bunyan's Pilgrim, falling into the Slough of Despond, locked up in Doubting Castle, terrified at passing through the Valley of the Shadow of Death; from time to time, by God's mercy, relieved of my burden of sin, but only, alas, soon to acquire it again."

"From my earliest years, there was something going on inside me other than vague aspirations to make a name for myself and a stir in the world: something that led me to feel myself a stranger among strangers in a strange land, whose true habitat was elsewhere, another destiny whose realization would swallow up time into Eternity, transform flesh into spirit, knowledge into faith, and reveal in transcendental terms what our earthly life truly signifies."

In November 1982, Malcolm Muggeridge was received into the Roman Catholic Church, an event which attracted much attention and curiosity. To Malcolm Muggeridge, it signified "a sense of homecoming, of picking up the threads of a lost life."

Malcolm Muggeridge, well known around the world in the latter part of the twentieth century as a journalist, writer, and media figure, is still remembered as a vociferous unbeliever for a great part of his career. But always he had had an awareness that another dimension existed, that there was a destiny beyond the devices and desires of the ego, and that earthly life could not be the end.

This book, first published in 1988 and the last of his writing to be published in his lifetime, is a personal statement of the history and development of his religious beliefs. An important section relates to Mother Teresa of Calcutta, latterly beatified, and with expectations to becoming a Saint. Her influence was perhaps the most powerful force leading this deeply thinking man to God and to the Roman Catholic Church. He describes also the effect upon him of meetings with Alexander Solzhenitsyn, a man whom he considers to be one of the greatest prophets of our time, with a profound spiritual message for our turbulent world.

This moving testimony is not about the mechanics of becoming a Roman Catholic. Rather, it is about a series of happenings, occasions of enlightenment, that led one spiritually troubled man to find God. It is a statement of belief which will fascinate all who are interested in the workings of the human mind, and will inspire all who seek the Truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597521017
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/2005
Pages:
156
Sales rank:
474,325
Product dimensions:
(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.31(d)

Meet the Author

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990) was a noted journalist, reporting for the 'Daily Telegraph' and, later, as an editor for 'Punch Magazine'. He also served as television host for two interview shows. Muggeridge was known for his outrageous wit and flair for satire. Later in his life, Muggeridge came to embrace Christianity, ultimately being received into the Catholic Church in 1992. He wrote many popular and critically acclaimed books, including 'Jesus Rediscovered' (1969), 'Jesus: The Man Who Lives' (1975), and 'Confessions of a 20th Century Pilgrim' (1988). His biography of Mother Teresa, 'Something Beautiful For God' (1971), essentially introduced the nun and her work with the poor in India to the West.

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Conversion: The Spiritual Journey of a Twentieth Century Pilgrim 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
walkerc More than 1 year ago
My review cannot do justice to this wonderful book by Malcolm Muggeridge. His openness and innocence, simplicity of style, the tracing his life-long journey from birth to old age as he seeks, questions, denies and ultimately surrenders to God's calling him to belief is a wonderful tale well told. I was overwhelmed by his insights and will treasure this book forever and share it with others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago