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Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  4,479 Ratings  ·  381 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 really liked it
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.
Jan 15, 2015 David S. T. rated it really liked it
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
Sep 22, 2015 Yenny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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
Nicola Mansfield
Feb 22, 2010 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 22, 2011 Lynne rated it it was amazing
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
Mary Grace Nakao
Apr 05, 2016 Mary Grace Nakao rated it it was amazing
You dont have to be a convert to appreciate this book. Im a "cradle Catholic" and this book made me appreciate my faith more.

Also, although it is pretty shameful and hard to swallow but he is right about one thing: Catholics all over the world should really learn how to read the Bible by themselves and learn about Catholicism more.

"Yep, sometimes it takes an immigrant to explain it for the natives."

Also, this shows both the beautiful and ugly sides of Catholics. Although there are some bad fruit
Oct 18, 2015 Ian rated it liked it
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
Amanda Tindall
Jul 20, 2016 Amanda Tindall rated it really liked it
What did I think? Well, I'm Catholic now.

In reality though, while it is under one of the most repulsive titles for a protestant, he describes his journey to the Church in a way that Protestants might understand without the vocabulary that most Catholics use — he uses protestant terms to describe Catholic elements of faith. That, I think, is what makes this so compelling, as well as his description of his earnest pursuit of truth.
Aug 31, 2009 Eric rated it did not like it
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!".
Jan 12, 2016 Chris rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Debbie Pieroni
Kimberly Hahn is a better, more full of grace person, than I will ever be. While their journey was interesting, I got a little stuck in the organization of their relationship. She referred to Scott as "the spiritual leader of their relationship", but we didn't see the piece where that was agreed upon...was it simply understood? Is that a Protestant thing or supposed to be a Catholic thing that the man is the leader? Is that why he got to have a job where he admittedly could come home and study t ...more
Abigail Rasmussen
Oct 17, 2016 Abigail Rasmussen rated it it was amazing
This is the conversion story of a young couple, Scott and Kimberly Hahn. Scott Hahn was in seminary to become a Presbyterian minister, and Kimberly was the daughter of a Presbyterian minister. Scott was anti-Catholic, firmly believing Sola Scriptura. He and his fellow seminarians studied the Bible late into the night, discussing theology. Scott became a Catholic, not because he did NOT know the Bible well enough, but because he knew it “too” well. The Bible and 1st-5th century Church Father’s le ...more
Cheri McLelland
Aug 19, 2009 Cheri McLelland rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-book
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.
Taylor Marshall
Dec 01, 2014 Taylor Marshall rated it it was amazing
This book changed so many lives...including mine.
Feb 03, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Karen by: Liz Paul
First impressions: This is for our next book discussion. I have low expectations and it is hard to get past this. First, I often feel like Scott Hahn is some sort of Uber Catholic and asking me to do and say what he does, but I do not always agree. The beginning is driving me crazy with its use of odd words - for instance Kimberly uses the word convicted when anyone else would use committed or convinced. These people are not my kind, but I have no choice but to go along. I am trying to have an o ...more
Aug 20, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
A Coming Home Miracle!

I am a born and raised Catholic, but drifted from my faith in my teens. After almost two decades the Lord came to me and brought me back to him. At the time all I knew was the Catholic Church, but I've listened to Anti-Catholics and fallen away Catholics and had many doubts. I was worried cause there were/are way too many churches and didn't know which to follow. After prayer and meditation Jesus taught me about his one true Church. The first time was when I received an em
Apr 07, 2015 Bernard rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 19, 2014 Tracy rated it liked it
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
Jun 17, 2013 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-religion
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
Feb 02, 2013 Jean-Sébastien rated it really liked it
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
Kevin de Ataíde
Oct 10, 2016 Kevin de Ataíde rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
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 it was amazing
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
Oct 02, 2009 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
May 17, 2013 Patrick rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
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!"
Joseph Hazboun
An amazing book! Personally as a Roman Catholic, I found the book an eye-opener on the views of the Protestants (Presbyterians) and also very encouraging and enlightening on how Catholics should engage to change their lukewarm faith into vivid and lively faith, and at the same time how best to engage in dialogue to safeguard the Orthodox Catholic faith and the faithful.
Thomas Sheridan
Aug 13, 2016 Thomas Sheridan rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book. To see the journey of Scott and Kimberly was emotional as I connected similar issues to other people in my life. The theology behind it made a lot of sense, and the easy to read writing style gives me hope for future Scott Hahn books. It's a great book to recommend for non-Catholics because it gives a full picture of why we trust the church, Mary, and more. In other words, it's not just a laundry list of apologetic questions being answered - it's real, difficult, joyful ...more
Mar 13, 2010 Nicole rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 29, 2014 John Kelley rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 22, 2016 Joyce rated it really liked it
Short, sweet read. Scott described it well: the book starts off as a detective story, evolves into a horror story, then ends as a romance. Scott's and Kimberley's testimony of the strain on their marriage of stagger conversions was particularly saddening. Thankfully, it ends well; and the strength and endurance of their love, blessed by the sacramental graces of their marriage, are inspiring.

I particularly enjoyed Scott's parts, as they were slightly more intellectually engaging; Kimberley's se
Lisa Brooks
Oct 16, 2015 Lisa Brooks rated it it was amazing
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.
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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 twelfth 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 ...more
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