Based on my own story of transformation and conversion, and my years of ministry, the Lord called me to write a book, which will be published in August 2019 by Our Sunday Visitor Press!

A Life of Conversion Cover ArtMy book is titled A Life of Conversion: Meeting Christ in the Gospels.  Conversion 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.

Where and how do we find the inspiration for this daily conversion?  One of the best places and ways is by praying with Sacred Scripture.  This book is an extended invitation into lectio divina, emphasizing encounters with Jesus that led to conversion.  Because Scripture is “living and effective” (Heb. 4:12), we can return to these stories day after day or season after season for new inspiration and deeper understanding of where the Lord is calling each of us.

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!


100 Books Cover ArtI 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.