Based on my own story of transformation and conversion, and my years of ministry, the Lord called me to write A Life of Conversion: Meeting Christ in the Gospels, which will be published in the fall of 2019 by Our Sunday Visitor Press!
The book is about lifelong conversion to Jesus Christ, which is the hallmark of the Christian life. If we are on the journey of discipleship, we are constantly called to turn more fully toward Jesus Christ. It is not a one-time call. Instead, the turning, the conversion, must happen every day.
From the back cover of the book:
As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. — Matthew 9:9
Conversion. The word is often associated with a one-time event, such as the call of Saint Matthew. But even for Matthew, that call was only the beginning, the moment when he started following Jesus. For Matthew, as for all the saints, his conversion lasted a lifetime. Real conversion — repentance and turning toward God — is a process that happens daily. It is our continual “yes” to the Lord and the grace
he offers us.
In A Life of Conversion, Derek Rotty walks through eight Gospel passages that reveal essential lessons about conversion. Through these stories from Scripture, you will encounter Christ again and again, and, with him as your model, you’ll be drawn into a deeper relationship with the master of conversion.
Each chapter includes reflection questions that are perfect for both individual and group study.
Chris Stefanick, an internationally-known Catholic evangelist and author, has commented about my book:
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said about Lectio Divina, “If it is effectively promoted, this practice will bring to the Church – I am convinced of it – a new spiritual springtime.” Derek Rotty is effectively promoting Lectio Divina, watering the fields for that springtime – not just for the renewal of the Church, but for the renewal of every person who dives into the epic and lifelong journey waiting for us in every line of sacred scripture.
I hope that you will consider purchasing a copy of this book, and putting the principles into practice in your life. This is the process by which our lives and our Church will be transformed for God’s glory!
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I also am a contributing reviewer to The Essential Guide to Catholic Spiritual Classics, edited by Dr. Marie George from St. John’s University. The three reviews that I contributed are:
- Divine Intimacy, by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, OCD
- Treatise on Prayer and Meditation, by St. Peter of Alcántara
- When the Well Runs Dry, by Fr. Thomas Green, S.J.