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Lejos de Roma cerca de Dios: Far from Rome, Close to God (Spanish Edition) [Paperback]

By Richard Bennett (Author)
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Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.54" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.01 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 28, 2000
Publisher   Editorial Portavoz
ISBN  0825410584  
EAN  9780825410581  

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Los testimonies de cincuenta y cinco sacerdotes catolicas romanos convertidos. Lefos de Roma, cerca de Dios contiene los emotivos testimonios de cincuenta y cinco sacerdotes que encontraron el Camino y salieron por la gracia de Dios del lagerinto teologico del catolicismo romano. Estos testimonios no tratan de polemizar, por el contratio, el amor y el sentido de compromiso de los ex sacerdotes hacia los que han dejado atras y su deseo ferviente de que ellos tambien experimenten el gozo y la paz de la salvacion en Cristo se observan por todo el libro.

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Biografias de sacerdotes catolicos que encontraron la salvacion mediante la fe en Cristo. Ideal como regalo al catolico indeciso.

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Awesome book if you want to really get an unbiased view of the RCC  Mar 14, 2008
This book is probally the best I have yet to read regarding the RCC. I was looking for something that my brother would be able to read that was too loaded with all the technical RCC doctrines. This gives testimony's of priests who studied and studied and still did not find salvation. The more they seeked God, the more they turned away from the RCC and to the one and only Saviour Jesus Christ. The testimonies also provide scriptures which is wonderful. This is the perfect book to give a Catholic person in search for the truth. I have not given it to my brother yet because I can't put it down! What a great book. It really helps me because I was born and raised Catholic and it confirms that when you are far from Rome you are surely nearer to God.
I'm not Evangelial Protestant but still value this book  Oct 30, 2007
As a way introduction, I have not yet completely read the entire book. I purchased the book from this site several weeks ago, and when I am not reading any of the other 13 books I'm presently reading in addition to the material for my classes, I read the stories from this book.

Conversion stories have always interested me. I was raised Latin Rite Catholic, but since that time I have become more and more Byzantine, Eastern Orthodox if you will. Over the past several years, I have read several books on conversion from one Christian faith to another. _Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic_, was probably the first of many conversion stories/books that grabbed my attention. In the beginning, I read mostly stories of conversion to Catholicism (the Surprised by Truth series, Hahn's Home Sweet Rome, and so on). Eventually, as I struggled with my own faith, I began reading the Reformers. Their writings opened me up to new possibilities, and I became interested in to what they were "converting," if that's the best word. At one point I started watching the 700 Club and comparing the conversion stories on there with the conversion stories on The Journey Home (a Catholic program).

Needless to say, when I discovered that there existed a book that contains the stories of fifty former priests who converted to a certain kind of evangelical Protestantism, I was delighted. I already had read and heard of accounts of drug dealers, drug-addicts, pimps etc. becoming Christian; but this was something new, something that sounded as though it would reverberate with the original Protestant Reformers, many of whom were Catholic priests/monks.

Enough of the digressions. Thus far, from what I have read, I feel as though I have received my money's worth from the book. Many stories are uncannily repetetitive. Some may fault this in the book, but I find it interesting that so many priests converted for similar reasons. I find it especially interesting that, contrary to many stories of Protestants converting to Catholicism in which the conversion approached almost academically, noetically, the priests' stories suggest that it was something or someone beyond reason that moved them to the path on which they now walk.

I give the book four stars and not five for several reasons. Firstly, like many evangelical Protestant books written in challenge of Catholicism, the descriptions of Catholic beliefs are sometimes brief, abbreviated, and not too infrequently, unfair. Secondly, the books concerns mostly priests who converted to radical (anabaptist) forms of Protestant Christianity. I remember a story that mentions the Dutch Reformed Church, but overall it seems that conversions to confessional Protestantism might be under-represented. For example, numerous former priests in the book comment on their rejection of transubstantiation and wittingly or unwittingly tie this in with rejection of the "Real Presence" of Christ in the Eucharist (something confessional Lutherans and to a lesser degree, Anglicans, would not approve).

Protestant/Catholic Household  Aug 18, 2006
This is a great book and I recomend it to both Protestant and Catholic alike.It is a book for the open minded only!!!I am sorry to say that I havent run into to many open minded when it comes to religon.This book gives you a good look at the brainwashing involved in not just Catholics but any religion that requires its people to study church doctorine only and not the Bible itself.Out of each story in this book not one of these men came to know God until they picked up and read a Bible.That is amazing to me!!!!
Priests found love, but not truth, in Fundamentalism  Jun 30, 2006
Having just read the book's excerpts provided by the links above, I intend to purchase this work. Long a devotee of literature on Protestant conversions to Catholicism, this book will no doubt help balance my personal library. One note I anticipate after reading the excerpts is that the former priests will all share one thing in common: none of them neither knew Christ nor loved Him as a priest prior to their conversion or throughout their studies leading up to the priesthood. I say this from experience as a cradle Catholic-turned-Evangelical-turned-Catholic who is now discerning the priesthood.

You will not find the same in books by Protestant converts to Catholicism. Already mentioned in other reviews, these books were written by devout Reformation-styled Christians -- many of them Protestant ministers themselves or incredibly bible literate laymen and women -- who loved Jesus with all their heart, mind and soul, before following Him straight into Rome.

I suspect that this is not the rule when encountering Catholics -- whether laymen, religious or clergy -- headed towards Protestant communities. They find the love of Christ for the first time in their lives through the witness of Protestant Christians, and are then understandably seduced into thinking that the fault for not having found it before must lie with Rome and not their own sinfulness. This book will no doubt confirm my suspicions.

If anything, it will serve more usefully as a sad commentary on the depressing state of spiritual formation in all to many Catholic seminaries and religious orders.
Good book  May 30, 2006
This book is so interesting, I couldn't put it down. Although I don't agree with Catholic doctrine, I am interested in it because I have many friends who are Catholic. The things these ex-priests struggled with are many of the things they struggled with.

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