by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
2012, 150 pages, Paperback
13 words: Post-modern, lesbian activist, university English professor becomes
Reformed Christian homeschooling pastor's wife.
Intrigued yet? There is so much to love and so much to learn from this book. One of the
biggest lessons is in how God got the attention of this professor. After she
wrote an article in the local paper critiquing Promise Keepers she
"received so many letters... I kept empty Xerox paper boxes on both sides
of my desk, one for hate mail, and one for fan mail." But one of the
letters she received wasn't so easy to categorize. It was from a Reformed
pastor, and instead of commending or condemning her, it was "a kind,
inquiring letter." The pastor wanted to know "how did you arrive at
your interpretation? How do you know you are right? Do you believe in
God?" The letter concluded by inviting "me to call its author to
discuss these ideas more fully." After a week of repeatedly throwing out
the letter and then digging it back out of the recycling that's what she did.
As you might expect from an English professor the writing is delightful. She is also no quiet convert, and her pointed questions uncover wonderful Christian truths but also unmask the shallowness and hypocrisy that is such a prevalent part of the Church.
One caution: In the course of her conversion the author is confronted with, and
takes on so many different theological issues (adoption, homeschooling, the
Regulative Principle, etc.) it's likely readers will find some point on which
they disagree. But for a discerning adult, that is a minor issue. And to them
this book is highly recommended.