The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert
An English Professor’s Journey into Christian Faith
The new edition of The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert features over 50 pages of new bonus material, including:
- Two open letters from Rosaria
- Pastor Ken G. Smith’s story of reaching out to Rosaria
- Pastor Kent Butterfield’s testimony of Christian hospitality
- A collection of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
- Psalms to sing, and more resources
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.
A Remarkable Conversion
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 God. These are her secret thoughts about those events, written as only a reflective English professor could. “In April of 1999, I felt the call of Jesus Christ upon my life. It was both subtle and blatant, like the peace inside the eye of a hurricane. I could in no way resist and I in no way understood what would become of my life.”