Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Finding God: A Treasury of Conversion Stories

Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Finding God: A Treasury of Conversion Stories

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Finding God: A Treasury of Conversion Stories.

Edited by John M. Mulder and Hugh T. Kerr. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012. Pp. xxii, 396. Paperback $22.

A new revised and expanded version of Hugh Kerr and John Mulder's 1983 book Conversions: The Christian Experience is now available. It traces conversion through a number of cases in one of the major streams in Christianity, the Western Catholic and Protestant tradition. Taking the apostle Paul as archetype and starting point, the book presents, among others, Constantine, Augustine, Luther, Ignatius Loyola, and Teresa of Avila, as well as John Wesley, Charles Spurgeon, Billy Graham, and Oral Roberts, concluding with Bono. Also included are a number of noteworthy instances of conversion from outside the Western mainstream: the black American woman and former slave Sojourner Truth, the Indian Brahmin female convert Pandita Ramabai, and the Soviet dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

The book is easy reading and truly a joy. Conversion stories are fascinating. But after having read the book, I have a critical question: Who is the intended reader? …

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