As I was reading the ‘Joyce Meyer’ thread, I was reminded about my journey home to the Church. I had left the Church for over five years and it was actually non-Catholic works that led me home. Rather, I should say that the Holy Spirit led me home through non-Catholic works. You’ll never believe it, but I had a rapture believing friend who recommended the "Left Behind’ books. When I read them, I KNEW the premise of the entire story was wrong but I didn’t know exactly what the Catholic Church taught about the end times. So, I started to study up on the Rapture issue. Then, I read Lee Strobel’s books–The Case for Christ and the The Case for Faith. They really boosted my longing for Christ. Still, I dragged my feet about going back to the Church. Why? Pride, of course. I was ashamed of a particular sin (definitely a mortal one) and too embarrassed to confess it. I tried confessing directly to God but that felt utterly useless. One day I was in a book store looking for yet another religious book. I had an experience that was so strong, I left the book store, found the closest Catholic Church, and reconciled immediately. I can’t discuss the details of that experience, due to forum rules, however I do feel God had prepared me for it through the works of non-Catholics (Tim Lahaye is actually anti-Catholic, IMO)
So, how about any other reverts? Did your journey home start with the works of non-Catholics? Sometimes, I think the Holy Spirt has quite a sense of humor!