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Catholic by Choice

Catholic by Choice

Why I Embraced the Faith, Joined the Church, and Embarked on the Adventure of a Lifetime

by Richard Cole

A refreshingly honest, highly relatable, and often funny story of one man's adult conversion to Catholicism and the emotional roller coaster he experienced during the process.

Catholic by Choice: About the Book and Author

Catholic by Choice: About the Book and Author

Catholic By Choice is a funny and joyous look at adult Catholic conversion from the point of view of a modern convert.

Becoming Catholic, Finally: A Q&A with Richard Cole

Becoming Catholic, Finally: A Q&A with Richard Cole

After a lifetime of searching, Richard Cole found what he was looking for in the most surprising of places - a small, unassuming monastery in southern Texas.

Author Website

Author Website

Visit author Richard Cole's website and blog for "Catholic memoirs, poetry and matters of faith."

Catholic by Choice: Read an Excerpt

Catholic by Choice: Read an Excerpt

"I don't want to exaggerate, but I honestly thought my heart was going to explode. I knew I had something beautiful in my life, a nourishment that was gradually seeping into my heart, and the more I received, the more I wanted..."

Easter Down Under

Easter Down Under

Richard Cole

What’s it like down under where Lent is the high tide of autumn and Easter is a harvest season? And what might that remind us about Christianity?

Book Roundtable: Continue the Conversation with our Bloggers

An Engaging Love Story

An Engaging Love Story

Julie Davis

I had fogotten that every conversion story is the same, a love story. And every conversion story is unique because each of us is uniquely different. 

An Amazing Journey

An Amazing Journey

Kathy Schiffer

Reading Catholic by Choice, I was struck by Cole’s breathless amazement at things cradle Catholics may take for granted.

Finding Faith in Mid-Life

Finding Faith in Mid-Life

Carl McColman

As a religious love story, Catholic By Choice is a charming and heartfelt book.

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Catholic by Choice: A Q&A with Author Richard Cole

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