THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS by John A. O'Brien

THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The sub-title: ""The Spiritual Pilgrimage of Fifteen Converts to Catholicism"" more accurately describes the content and purpose of this book than does the title. It is an interesting book for it gives the confessions of fifteen outstanding people as to why they joined the Catholic Church. Among them are Evelyn Waugh, Fulton Oursler, Gretta Palmer, Frances Parkinson Keyes, Senator Wagner, Sheila Kaye-Smith and Clare Booth Luce. While each approached the Catholic Church from a different angle there are broad similarities in these human documents, as the editor points out. Of primary importance in almost every instance was the intellectual approach. The Catholic faith was found to be reasonable. Also the craving for unity, for consistency, for certainty in the midst of this disjointed uncertain world was apparent in each case. The editor is quite right when he says ""The story of their spiritual Odysseys is an intensely human document."" But when he goes on to say ""It is not propaganda"", there will be those who will disagree. However, the prominence of the individuals concerned should assure a wide reading among Protestants as well as Catholics.

Pub Date: May 26th, 1949
Publisher: Doubleday