I would suggest David Curre’s “Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic” and Steven K. Ray’s “Crossing the Tiber” if you have read “Rome Sweet Home.”
I would also suggest prayerfully reading Scripture and time asking God what he wants for you and your family? Your eyes are being opened but you can not expect everyone else do find the Truth so easily.
After many years as a Protestant (Baptist until 16 and Presbyterian the past 22 with a short stinit as a Youth Director - but did work on a Catholic Youth Retreat in HS for 2 years) all my life the process was not an easy one, but as some have already said, well worth it.
I say not easy because of family situations. For me, the theological truths hit very rapidly once I started to understand, things all started making sense. Questions I couldn’t answer in my previous theology fell right into place. After years of joking about it I was ready, theologically, after about 6 months. Well before I contacted the local Parish or started thinking about RCIA.
When I did feel like it was time to start the process the problem was that my wife was about deliever our 3rd son any day. Not the time to spring, “Honey I want us to become Catholic” on her. After 10 days in the NICU after he was born though, I was ready to voice that and did. She took it well… better than I expected at first. In some ways she was expecting it from all my readings the previous 6 months. We started the inquiry period of RCIA when Gabriel was 6 weeks old (his first birthday was last week).
My father has passed but my mother is still alive and lives close. She had joined our Presbyterian Church which is more Presby-Baptist than Calvinistic. Truly her belifs were Baptist.
My wife’s paternal Grandfather is a Baptist Minister and most of her family is Baptist except for her Dad who is now Presbyterian as well. Her mother, they are divorced, goes to an Interdenominational Church but it’s beliefs are pretty much Southern Baptist.
While she didn’t object necessarily, my wife had a lot of questions. As those got answered the “what will my family say” set in. Her primary concern has been her Grandfather, whom we haven’t told (her father didn’t see any reason to bring it up). Everyone else in the family who know has been fine with it, especially if we actually get into theological discussions.
While she was professing she had never been Baptized (our former Pres Minister didn’t know this and I didn’t either for years).
I’m telling you all this because there will be ups and downs. There were times when she just wanted to walk away and go back to our old church. But she has kept through it, read, studied and prayed and I know feels more blessed and closer to God than ever before.
Almost a year since we formally began, I will come into full Communion at the Easter Vigil and my wife will be Baptized Catholic. We had our 3rd son Baptized Catholic back in November (the other 2 were Baptized in the Presbyterian Church).
There are some people who think we are nuts for doing all that we have done. Yet most of those who care and matter admire that fact that we weren’t just church shoppin’ and had truly spent a good deal of time making sure this is what God wanted for our lives. We know that it is what He wants for us.
Is it what He wants for you right now? Possibly, it may be His will to eventually bring you and your family home but take your time. Read the 2 books I suggest, they - especially Ray’s, will give you a lot of footnotes. Ask your husband to read one, maybe Curre’s before you do and tell you what he thinks? Has he read Hahn’s yet? He should at some time because it give you some insight into the difficulties when only 1 converts.
Finally let me repeat my statement about Prayer, that is the most important thing you can do. Let Him guide you and He will
I’ll say a prayer for you guys and please let me know if I can ever answer any questions or anything.