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Confessions of a Convert

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At the turn of the century, Robert Hugh Benson became one of the most famous converts from Anglicanism to Catholicism in England. This is his story, told in his own words. "The Unsung Genius of the Catholic Literary Revival" Benson's masterly Confessions of a Convert stands beside John Henry Newman's Apologia pro Vita Sua and Ronald Knox's A Spiritual Aeneid as a timeless ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published July 14th 2008 by Bridegroom Press (first published 1907)
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booklady
A spiritual autobiography which also gives good descriptions of the English Catholic and Anglican churches in the early 20th century. It is personal, insightful and extremely well-written. He also gives his thoughts on some of his works of fiction, which as a fan I especially appreciated.
Irene
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a classic spiritual memoir. Benson, an Anglican priest and the son of an Anglican priest, became attracted to Catholic sacramental theology, devotional practices and historical continuity with the apostolic era. He joined several other high profile late 19th century men who left the Anglican Church for the Catholic Church in search of greater ritual, tradition and doctrinal certitude.
Madeleine Myers
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Seek the truth, and God will find you

I have read one other work by Father Benson, Lord of the World, an amazing prophetic, apocalyptic novel, marred only by his somewhat archaic style. This work speaks more plainly, perhaps because it is autobiographical, perhaps because Benson is speaking from his heart, without projecting a future persons that probably did not come so easily. Benson's honesty and clarity in describing his spiritual and intellectual journey from Anglican cleric to Roman
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Josh
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was truly a pleasure to read. It reads more biographical than apologetical, but in that sense it feels very much as if reading the life of a saint. Benson's prose is marvelous; and the book is so engaging that only work could force me to put it down. The man's spiritual journey, his perseverance, his prayer make for delightful reading and a witness of a life worth imitating.
Kerstin
All conversion stories are personal. They reveal the inner life of a person, following through twists and turns and unexpected experiences, on the path to Catholicism. Conversion is not a path you choose but a position you find yourself in. Robert Hugh Benson's story from High Church Anglicanism to Catholicism is such a story. What stood out for me was his heart-wrenching loneliness as he got closer and closer to the final step. Many people around him were well-meaning to help him understand his ...more
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Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jill
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m a convert. And I felt that anguish and questioning as I moved toward the Catholic Church. And now that I’m here in the Church Jesus founded, I see her just as Fr. Benson saw her but his words are a thousand times more descriptive and eloquent than mine. If you’re a convert, read this book! If you’re a cradle Catholic, read this book so you’ll appreciate what you have. If you’re being called to the Catholic Church, read this book and find a friend who’s blazed the path before you. If you are ...more
Michael
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Super great book on the inner life of a great conversion into the Church. This book was like reading myself in a different time and place. Easy conversational style reading.
Kristi
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: catholic, god-stuff
This book would be of greatest interests to Anglicans who have converted to Catholicism, as Benson did -- or those considering it.

Benson has a beautiful authorial voice. He explains well how although he loved the Anglican Church -- his father was its head, the Archbishop of Canterbury -- the authority of the Catholic Church compelled him to convert after a struggle lasting several years.
Jim
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book!

The story of R. H. Benson's conversion from Anglican to Catholic and a wonderful, inspiration all trip it is! If you need your Catholicism refreshed this will do it!
Pablo Galiana
El autor describe su gradual descubrimiento del catolicismo, y las dificultades, que afrontó con honradez: prejuicios intelectuales, apegamientos sentimentales, contradicciones externas... Es una clara y viva apología de la fe de la Iglesia Católica.
Helen
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: catholic
As a convert myself, I always find this topic interesting. Since his father was the Archbishop of Cantebury, Benson's conversion to the Church caused quite a stir. He did not have an easy journey. Obviously, there was no "Coming Home Network" in those days for Protestant clergymen to cross the Tiber. This is the third of his books that I've read. I am glad that he was a prolific writer because there are many more books waiting to be read!
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Robert Hugh Benson was an Anglican pastor who converted to Catholicism and was received into the Church in 1903. He was ordained priest in 1904. Youngest son of Edward White Benson (Archbishop of Canterbury) and his wife, Mary, and younger brother of Edward Frederic Benson, he was lauded in his own day as one of the leading figures in English literature, having written the notable book Lord of the ...more
“Thus, in truth, a sojourn in Rome means an expansion of view that is beyond words. Whereas up to that time I had been accustomed to image Christianity to myself as a delicate flower, divine because of its supernatural fragility, now I saw that it was a tree in whose branches the fowls of the air, once the enemies of its tender growth, can lodge in security—divine since the wideness of its reach and the strength of its mighty roots can be accounted for by nothing else. Before I had thought of it as of a fine, sweet aroma, to be appreciated apart; now I saw that it was the leaven, hid in the heavy measures of the world, expressing itself in terms incalculably coarser than itself, until the whole is leavened.” 2 likes
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