Catholic Review of: Prodigal Daughters
Orthodoxy: Completely orthodox.
Reading Level: Intermediate
By Tiber River (CO) - See all my reviews
Seventeen Women Tell Their Stories
In A Nutshell
In Prodigal Daughters, seventeen women recount the events that led them away from the Catholic Church and those that led them home again. Each contributor tells a unique story of her spiritual growth with hopes to reach others of God's prodigal children and help to guide these lost souls home. Beautifully written and profoundly significant, these timely essays disclose the empty promises of feminism, substance abuse, sexual liberation, academic skepticism, and the New Age. Furthermore, Prodigal Daughters eloquently manifests the long-suffering benevolence of our Heavenly Father, and the extraordinary love with which He calls each of His children to Himself. At the dawn of a new springtime in the Church, these powerful essays provide a stumbling block to the obstinate, a beacon to the wandering, and hope to those awaiting the return of a lost loved one.
Several contributors weren't properly catechized in the faith they loved as children and so abandoned it in later years. Among these, five say that the work of theology professor Dr. Scott Hahn was influential in their return to the Catholic Church, and one essay mentions the influence of EWTN's Mother Angelica.
Also named among the reasons for conversion is the Catholic Church's firm and consistent stance on the sanctity of human life. Three of the contributors to Prodigal Daughters found their way home through the pro-life movement. Others credit parents and grandparents with constant prayers. Two contributors mention the role their children played as they rediscovered the faith of their childhood. Two others give credit to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and a third sees the hand of St. Joseph in her avoidance of schism.
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