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Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  3,777 ratings  ·  340 reviews
The well-known and very popular Catholic couple, Scott and Kimberly Hahn, have been constantly travelling and speaking all over North America for the last few years about their conversion to the Catholic Church. Now these two outstanding Catholic apologists tell in their own words about the incredible spiritual journey that led them to embrace Catholicism. Scott Hahn was a ...more
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Published August 1st 1993 by Ignatius Press (first published July 31st 1993)
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Jan 31, 2012 Jenn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Catholics, Christians
Shelves: wishlist
I wasn't really sure that I'd like this book because there was a lot that I didn't think I'd relate to. After all, it's a book about a couple converting from the Protestant faith to Catholicism, and I came from an atheist background. Second, Dr. Hahn and his wife studied their way into the Church, and my conversion was anything but academic.

However, the Holy Spirit was so present in this book that, despite myself, I often found myself laughing out loud or on the verge of tears! And this is anyth
David S. T.
I should mention that I read this from the perspective of a non Catholic (at least currently). When I took a vacation to Rome the places which I constantly found to be the most impressive were not the big archeological sites like the Colosseum or the Forum, but instead it was the beautiful churches. I have always attended plain Protestant churches and I was surprised at just how beautiful the inside of these buildings were, full of paintings of biblical events and statues of biblical figures and ...more
Quoting the excerpt Scott Hahn shared on his fanpage, written by a girl named Bernadette: 'After a couple weeks of captivating late night reading, I have finished the incredible book, Rome Sweet Home, by Scott & Kimberly Hahn, two converts to Roman Catholicism. As someone born into the Catholic Church, it was cool and interesting to learn of and experience the journey taken by evangelical Protestants to come home to the very Church created by Christ. Their journey was particularly intriguing ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Popular Catholic theologian Scott Hahn has written many books and I would like to read several of them. Before I started those, however, I thought I would start with this, his conversion story.

Comments: What can I say? An absolutely, inspirational story of a very difficult, journey that Scott and his wife found themselves on that ended with them coming home to the Church. Scott was a Presbyterian minister, self described as vehemently anti-Catholic, to the point where he didn
I found myself profoundly disappointed with this book, partly because of the writing and partly because of the content.

I feel that as a "recent convert", a term I fight with inwardly - I was just baptized Catholic a few years ago, not because I was brought up a different faith, I had just never gone through with the whole process even though my mother is Catholic - that as a technical convert I am supposed to identify with this book and that I am to see this book as a sort of shining light to af
I love conversion stories and have always enjoyed listening to Dr Scott Hahn, a famous convert, who brings complex theological issues down to a level that even *I* can understand so I thought the book by he and his wife, Kimberly, Rome Sweet Home, would be a happy story.

Well, it didn’t start out that way! I knew they had a happy ending because both they and their children made it into the Catholic Church many years ago but the book covered the whole process of their discovery of the fullness of
Nicole Catherine
New favorite! It starts off like a fairy tale - boy meets girl. He wants to be a pastor, she wants to be a pastor's wife. They get married. But along the road, things get complicated. He gets involved in a huge, 2000-year-old mystery, which at its heart is a search for truth - and neither of them is really ready to deal with the truth he finds. This book is not based on a true story, it IS a true story! Told alternatively from Scott Hahn's point of view and from his wife Kimberly's, this book pl ...more
Aug 31, 2009 Eric rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: belief
The whole book was based off of the initial assumption that the covenant was made with the church. Since Protestants also make the same assumption, many of the arguments between Catholics and Protestants are founded on that initial error. Ah, so much bloodshed in history because of this error! Once that assumption was laid as "foundation", it was easy for the author to trust the more controversial Catholic traditions because "they'd been right up to this point!".
A very readable account of a young Presbyterian couple's conversion to Roman Catholicism, interlarded here and there with some exegesis and apologetics. The story itself was very moving, though the scheme of telling each chapter from both his and her perspective felt repetitious and not all that enlightening at times. The argumentation is very general, as one would expect in a book of this type (the apologetics are there in service of the narrative), but could be a suggestive outline for further ...more
Cheri McLelland
I learned so much from this book and it answered many questions I had and even some I didnt know to ask. I want to read everything Scott Hahn has written. I am so impressed with his desire to know the answers right from the source and not just trust what other tell him. It just proves to us that even the most credible sources are not alway right.
I attended Catholic Mass with my parents this past weekend and was handed this book on the way out. (They were passing out to all.) My parents had already received a copy at another parish, but since I am no longer Catholic and attending mass regularly I had not so I took one. It tells the story of a Presbyterian minister and theology student and his wife who slowly convert to Catholocism. They reveal that their study of scripture led them this way and away form Protestantism. This was an intere ...more
It's easy to read and enjoyable. The title is a very fitting one for this sentimental memoir of two former protestant theologians. Kimberley struck me as the more humble of the two. Scott came across as an impulsive perfectionist(it takes one to know one--I have a weakness myself for this), but overall a pretty nice guy. I could definitely see the need for the disclaimer they gave at the front of the book. The linguistic quality was probably not up to it's full potential.

It's not the definitive
Pourquoi je ne suis pas (et ne serai jamais) catholique romain...

Scott Hahn était un évangélique anti-catholique plus que convaincu et professeur au Gordon-Cornwell Seminary aux États-Unis. Il est maintenant un des apologètes catholiques les plus connus. Ce livre relate le cheminement théologique de leur couple.

Depuis quelques années plusieurs personnes ont quitté le mouvement évangélique pour retourner à l'église romaine ou à l'église anglicane. Ce «changement de mouvement» est souvent davanta
I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and kept me interested. As a convert myself, I wanted more scriptural content and specifics about his intellectual battles that lead him to see the truth of the Church's teachings- but that's not what the book was intended to be, anyway. I could see this being an awesome wake-up call to lukewarm Catholics. The Hahn's conversions really have the power to fortify others and point to the mind-blowing truth that is the Catholic Church.
Kevin de Ataíde
Compelling and dramatic story of an evangelical couple of the Presbyterian protestant tradition coming to intellectual discovery of the Apostolic descent of the Roman Church.

What I appreciate the most is the Hahns' difficulty in letting their cultivated hatred of Catholicism go; it helps us understand not only the current protestant situation but also that of religions like Islam where children are counseled from early ages to reject (if not hate) Christians and Jews as deceivers.

I realise tha
Oct 06, 2008 Kristy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jessica, Emily, April
Recommended to Kristy by: Marie
This story of Scott & Kimberly Hahn is moving and inspiring. I loved it. It's from the perspective of husband and wife when their views on religion change after a few short years into their marriage. It is heart-wrenching at times when the Hahn's tell their story (back and forth in chronology) of their conversion and acceptance into the Catholic faith. A moving story that will be challenging especially to Protestants who were raised in the reformed tradition. I was especially drawn to the ar ...more
Being a converted catholic myself, I enjoy hearing/reading conversion stories from others. It strengthens MY faith. With that being said, the reason that this conversion touched me so deeply is because Scott and Kimberly Hahn were baptized Prebyterian. He became a minister, and taught at a Theological University. Kimberly's dream was to be a minister's wife. They had it all!
However, Scott set out to try to prove biblically that what Catholism teaches is total bunk. After years of trying to prov
They alternate chapters, this husband and wife,
In writing about how God shook up their life;
And while I like both and their story's compelling,
there is something detached about this retelling.

Perhaps they were badgered by fans far and near
To open a window on things they hold dear.
I'm glad that they did, but think they should have waited
To soak more in the grace where they're now marinated.

Did they hear, "Swim the Tiber!" and then "Hop right to it --
Please tell us just why you decided to do it!"
Mar 13, 2010 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Nicole by: Bible Study Group
Husband & wife Scott & Kimberly Hahn recount their journey from strong anti-Catholic Protestantism (he was even a pastor) to Roman Catholicism. I like that their journey was one of study and self discovery. Too often it seems that people's poor opinions of Catholicism is based on misunderstanding. Even we cradle Catholics don't always have the clearest picture of why we believe certain things. While this book didn't seek to explain those misunderstandings, the couple did a great job show ...more
John Kelley
A gift from our pastor for Christmas. More than just a physical gift of the book, but most importantly a spiritual gift. Cradle Catholics do tend to have a different perspective than converts, and I'll try to use this story as inspiration to improve my own relationship with God. We all need reminders that we can do better, and this is a powerful, yet simple one.
Lisa Brooks
I finished this book in a day. It was a compelling story of a family's journey of faith and understanding of Catholicism. From a non Catholic perspective it is very helpful in understanding the faith and putting to rest much of the anti Catholic rhetoric we hear day to day in our Protestant churches.
I was really looking forward to reading this. It had come with several good recommendations. However, I found it to be a bit dated, but more so, I couldn't relate to the author and his journey. It appears he comes from a rather academic and intellectual form of evangelicalism that didn't resonate with me. The churches and seminaries he comes from are somewhat lofty and somewhat similar to the Catholic church in its church polity and liturgy. The evangelicalism I come from has no semblance of suc ...more
A warm and moving story about one family's pursuit of truth and their eventual submission to the answers. The book provides a glimpse into a family that gradually becomes more traditional/orthodox in their beliefs, despite the social costs. For like-minded individuals, reading this book may strengthen your confidence and your joy in choosing to embrace your faith, even its thorniest aspects.

I have only two critiques of the book.

First, the least convincing aspect of the book was Scott's analysis
Apr 07, 2015 Bernard rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Bernard by: Stacinator
A friend at work and I were discussing Pope Francis, Catholicism, the Reformation, her being a "recovering Catholic" or "ex-Catholic" and something in our conversation reminded me about this book. I forgot that I had read it, at least for purposes of adding it to my goodreads shelf. So when I brought it to work to trade books with my colleague, it occurred to me to see if I'd marked it as read. I hadn't.

Anyway, my wife discovered this book and read it. It was powerful affirmation for her as she
A brief book by two people who take their faith, and the Bible, very seriously. Mr. Hahn was a Presbyterian minister and academic who became a Catholic, while his wife--a fervent evangelical with a master's degree in theology-- also converted after experiencing serious struggles with both the Catholic faith and her marriage. This book tells their story. I am always amazed by people whose faith is such a powerful force in their lives, and these two are no exception. Their work, their careers, the ...more
This book simply tells the story of the conversions of Scott and Kimberly Hahn. I had heard some of this from talks before, and this is a more formal and detailed writing of that same story. The book is written as a series of first person narratives, switching between Scott and Kimberly as they each give their perspectives on various developments in their lives. It is pretty short and an easy read.

The book is fairly interesting, as the two conversions are quite different. Scott's conversion is h
I am a lifetime Protestant. I also believe in the "church universal" and that all people of Christian faith should lift up each other in their walks through the world we navigate.

I give this book 2 stars because I appreciated Scott's clear description of the theology he explored and how he came to terms with the Catholic interpretations of scripture. I learned quite a bit about the history of God's covenants, Peter, the Host, and the theology of Mary; these things were very well explained. The
Written by Scott Hahn and his wife Kimberly. This is their account of their faith journey, growing in faith as teenagers (Scott grew up without a strong faith, while Kimberly came from a family of Presbyterian ministers), meeting at seminary, and they starting their family, with Scott as a young minister. However, Scott, a top Biblical scholar, began to read and question the basic assumptions of Calvinist theology (sola sciptura and sola fide)and found no biblical foundation for either. As he be ...more
Laura Radniecki
I believe I was given this book at my Catholic church sometime last year, but just pulled it off my shelf to read recently. I had never heard of the Hahn's before; I just knew the book was about a conversion story as is clear from the front of the book.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book! I'm born and raised Catholic, so I can't relate to the conversion story, but I appreciated reading such a heartfelt and both agonizing and joyful story about how God brought them both into the Catholic Church.

The th
This is the unique story of two highly spiritual people who were decidedly anti-Catholic that were led on a reflective, sometimes anguishing and ultimately freeing walk of faith to the Catholic church.
Did I mention they were a loving couple and their individual walks were so dramatically out of synch it caused tremendous tension between them? So much so that Scott and Kimberly each tell their stories in parallel chapter by chapter.
I appreciated that they sincerely considered their decisions ever
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Dr. Scott Hahn was born in 1957, and has been married to Kimberly since 1979. He and Kimberly have six children and are expecting their fifth grandchild. An exceptionally popular speaker and teacher, Dr. Hahn has delivered numerous talks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith. Hundreds of these talks have been produced on audio and vi ...more
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