Prodigal Daughters: Catholics Women Come Home to the Church

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In this memorable book, seventeen women of the Baby Boom generation tell their poignant personal stories of apostasy and repentance. Each left the Catholic Church to seek autonomy and fulfillment on the major cultural battlegrounds of this era. Each eventually turned homeward to find, like her prodigal brother in the best-loved of Christ's parables, that her Heavenly Father had been calling her throughout her absence, watching and yearning for her return. Feminists in the bureaucratic networks of Catholic dissent continually predict that women will abandon the Church en masse unless they are soon admitted to the hierarchy. The women who recount their experiences in this timely and important book prove the dissenters wrong. They are representative of a growing stream of "reverts" who have recognized and repented of their errors when they rediscovered the living heart of Christ at the center of the Church. Today, when virtually all faithful Catholics wait and pray for the return of some family member or friend who has strayed from the Church, these accounts of faith reborn offer hope and direction to lift the heart of every reader.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898707328
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 353
  • Sales rank: 812,816
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
When Good Things Happen to Bad People 19
My Bumpy Road Home 29
Real Magic 75
From NOW to Eternity 98
Finding God Again, Step by Step 110
The Pied Piper of Lies 123
Led Homeward by God's Hand 148
Back to the Beginning 161
Hunting the Hound of Heaven 182
Giving Jesus a Fair Chance 197
A Little Child Shall Lead Them 211
Finding the Face of Christ 230
I Was Robbed! 248
An Eclipse of the Soul 265
The Faith Knit into My Bones 284
My Flight from Vatican II 299
Ransomed from the Darkness 323
Conclusion: What Makes a Prodigal Turn Homeward? 345
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2000

    The Holy Spirit can reach even the coldest hearts

    Cast in the mold of Patrick Madrid's collection of conversions to Catholicism, Surprised by Truth (ISBN 0964261081), Mrs. Steichen collects the honest, detailed, inspirational accounts of seventeen Catholic women who describe their journey back from the arid exile of feminism, libertarianism, and other spiritual wastelands, to full communion with the Church. A highly recommended tonic for those who cannot see how the Holy Spirit will ever reach the heart of someone in a situation like those portrayed here, and a source of guidance for those who might be in such a state themselves. And thank you, too, to each of the women who have opened their grace-filled stories to us!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2000

    A Shallow Treatment of a Deep, Painful Subject

    As one who has struggled to be a 'faithful daughter' of the Catholic Church in spite of overwhelming evidence of deep gender bias, I was hoping to find a book that would help me find ways to stay in the Church. Unfortunately, this book consists of only 'conversion' stories. Although some of the women featured have grappled with gender issues, these women simply go back 'home'...but there is no clue as to how they manage thrive in a spiritual environment defined by, imaged by and controlled by men. It appears either they never really understood the issue, or it simply disappears from their horizons. Gender issues and feelings of exclusion need to be addressed by the Church in a much more compassionate and honest manner than has been the case so far (papal letters notwithstanding). This book does nothing to help those who would like to find a way home.

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