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How Something Other Than God doesn’t compare to my story


Black streaks of mascara streak down my cheeks as I close the back cover of Jennifer Fulwiler’s Something Other than GodFrom all the blog reviews I had seen and all the rave reports I’d heard from friends who’d finished before me, I knew I would be enraptured by Jennifer’s conversion story.

As I close the back cover, after being fully engrossed in the journey she followed to find her home in the Church, I am struck.  I am struck by the captivating nature of the Sacraments and how grateful I am to be Catholic and privileged to participate in them.  I silently sobbed as she described the freedom of her First Confession and the encounter of God in hearing the words of forgiveness and absolution. I sobbed because I have easy access to that gift and I take it for granted. I sob too because I have experienced the same Mercy she tells of.

Comfort the Sorrowful
After closing the door on this glimpse into Jen’s life, my passing thought was that my story will never compare to hers.  My cradle Catholic journey may never be the page turning memoir hers is.  But that’s okay.  My story is my own.  My story may not involve a season of atheism or life threatening disease or three children under three, but mine does have the same theme of Love.  A theme of the Lover pursuing His beloved through moments meant to woo me into a love that is unending.

And He persists – especially when my heart is hardened and closed off.  He pursues me in what brings joy and in what breaks hearts. He pursues me through the love of my best friend and words that extend a mercy so deep it releases a lock on the chains I didn’t know were keeping me bound.  And He pursues me the silence and beauty of Eucharistic Adoration in the wilds of Scotland.

Adoring in the wilds of Scotland
So, no, my story isn’t like Jen’s.  But mine is being written, not unlike hers, as a love story with unexpected twists and turns, a heart broken and, ultimately, healed by Love Himself.

Author: Jenn at SoulMeetsBodyFitness

Blogger and Beachbody coach at SoulMeetsBody Fitness. I want to share with you my journey of fitness and faith as I discover how intimately the soul and body are connected. It’s my hope that what I’m learning can encourage and spur you on in your own journey to a healthier life – body and soul!

10 thoughts on “How Something Other Than God doesn’t compare to my story

  1. Beautiful post. I often think how beautiful it will be someday to see our full story from start to finish, all the twists and turns. I look forward to reading her book!

  2. I’ve been hearing lots about this book. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy here in the Philippines. Thanks for sharing!

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