Catholic By Choice: Why I Embraced the Faith, Joined the Church, and Embarked on the Adventure of a Lifetime
Number of pages: 150
One man's weekend spent at a monastery leads him on a winding journey to Catholic conversion.
I look around the church as we sing. I was expecting the Hollywood version of a monastery, something European looking, with vineyards and massive stone buildings and ivy-covered cloisters. I wanted sturdy monks singing with deep, vibrant voices, like the Gregorian chant CDs that I play at home when I take a hot bath and light candles and sticks of incense.
...Why am I here? To get a bit of rest. Read a few books. That's what I thought, anyway. Now, I'm not sure.
Richard Cole initially saw his trip to a monastery in western Texas as a retreat--to check out for a few days, maybe a chance to catch up on his reading. Instead, Cole embarks on a zigzagging roller coaster of emotion and examination as he discerns, dissects and discovers the incredibly vibrancy of the Catholic community.
Catholic by Choice provides a funny and joyous look at adult Catholic conversion from the point of view of a modern convert, telling a deeply personal yet relatable story of discovery, doubt and finding a place at God's table.