The Shift: Moving from religion to relationship

The Shift: Moving from religion to relationship

by O.k. Johnson


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This book has been in the works approximately thirty-seven years. When I was twenty-two, I knew I was going to write a book. I just didn’t know what the topic would be or where it would go. That was in the days of manual typewriters. Functional home computers with word processing were still about eight years away.

It wasn’t until about two years ago in the spring of 2010 that I felt it was time to write. I toyed with a couple of different themes since biblical prophecy was my prime interest. However, as the writing progressed, I felt the Lord directing me to write the story of my journey from religion in the Roman Catholic tradition to a Bible-based, personal relationship with God as the creator of the universe.

I grew up attending Catholic schools and my experiences are very similar to thousands of others who have attend parochial school. It was a great experience and solid educationally. It just wasn’t fulfilling spiritually.

I don’t focus on the political and social issues facing the Catholic Church, as some folks have. I will not Catholic-bash. If anything, I have tried to be evenhanded concerning my experiences growing up Catholic and those of dealing with my Protestant Christian friends. There will be some things said in this book that will cause my Catholic friends to cringe. There will also be some conclusions with which my Protestant friends will disagree.

The story is my personal journey and one I am happy to share. It is the story of my journey from religion to relationship, and my personal view from the pew.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936417841
Publisher: Pilot Communications Group
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

The author is married to Patti Johnson and the two share a blended family of three adult sons and one daughter. He has played Hammond B-3 organ and synthesizers on the worship teams at the Church of Living Water in Olympia since 1988. He has worked in the coin machine industry, servicing jukeboxes, video games, pool tables and dart boards since moving back to Olympia in 1986. Both the author and his wife are active in discipleship ministries at Living Water.

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Drgenack More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! Not only for people seeking to know where the catholic church differs from protestant church, but also for someone seeking to know more about the basics of faith. I learned about traditions vs. biblical absolutes, and so much more! There are many scripture references. O.K. Johnson does a great job pulling it all together.
verntreat More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It’s a very good blend of story telling and Bible teaching. The author’s life story is an interesting one we can easily relate to. The topics he covers are important for people wanting to know what it is to be a believing, biblical Christian as well as for believing, biblical Christians who want to grow in their relationship with Jesus. I appreciate his willingness to tell it like it is. He doesn’t shy away from the importance of bible doctrine and about how vital it is to live out our beliefs. He tells us important things he’s learned both as a Catholic and a biblical Christian. This book will encourage and challenge anyone willing to give it a serious read.