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Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  6,076 ratings  ·  492 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
Paperback, 198 pages
Published August 1st 1993 by Ignatius Press (first published July 31st 1993)
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Sep 27, 2010 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.
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
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
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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
Feb 22, 2010 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
Mary Grace Nakao
Apr 05, 2016 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
Amanda Tindall
Jul 20, 2016 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.
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
Feb 22, 2011 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
Aug 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Hahn's book is a fascinating and heartbreaking read. He at least makes clear the many differences that continue to divide Protestants and Catholics. As R. C. Sproul reminds us, we are not together. Hahn says it perfectly when he declares that if the Catholic church is wrong, "it was nothing less than diabolical." And diabolical It truly is.

Knowing this, the Hahn's were still shocked and hurt when some of their Protestant friends did not accept their swim to the other side as a good and right th
Melissa Rose
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was ridiculously frustrating. I was born and raised Catholic and decided to leave the Catholic Church in 2012 after being granted an annulment. My entire family is Catholic, as is my husband’s family. I wanted to read this book to see if it could explain some of the things the Catholic Church practices which I found to be extremely hurtful and isolating. I have wanted answers for a long time. I guess I got some answers from this book, but the delivery was quite condescending. It felt m ...more
Christian D.  Orr
A wonderful spiritual homecoming story

A motivational and inspiring account by a husband & wife couple who started off as rabid anti-Catholics who, through intellectual honesty and open-mindedness as well as spiritual inspiration and open hearts, made the faith journey to the staunch Catholic apologetics that they are now. Chockfull of quote worthy, highlight-worthy passages. A worthy companion piece to the works of Karl Keating and Patrick Madrid in providing the spiritual ammunition to defe
Mar 19, 2014 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
S.L. Stevens
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I own many of Scott Hahn's books and have listened to several of his talks, so I figured it was about time I read the conversion memoir he co-wrote with his wife Kimberly. Hahn was raised in a nominally Protestant home and accepted Christ after spending most of his high school years as a juvenile delinquent. He turned his life around and went to seminary to become a Presbyterian pastor. It was there that he met and eventually married Kimberly, a daughter and sister of Presbyterian pastors who ha ...more
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 18, 2015 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
Cheri McLelland
Aug 19, 2009 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.
Feb 02, 2013 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 dava
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a wonderful introduction to Scott Hahn, the editor of one of my study Bibles. This isn't the first conversion (to Catholicism) story I've read, but it is one of the most articulate and well-written.

This book details the conversion stories of Scott and Kimberly Hahn--husband and wife--from faithful Presbyterians to faithful Catholics--first his story, then hers. Reading Scott's meticulous, step-by-step analysis of the concepts of sola fide and sola scriptura was impressive. In contr
Nov 28, 2015 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
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A highly readable, moving, and compelling memoir of a fervent anti-Catholic Protestant minister / theologian and his wife who became convinced of the truth of Catholicism. It won't answer every question but it's a great starting point.
Apr 07, 2015 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
Jan 01, 2016 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
Michele Pfrogner
Feb 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
I read this title for a spiritual book club at my Catholic Church. The text came highly recommended, but, after reading it, I was highly offended. The Hahns are arrogant and self-serving. For someone who thrives on quoting scripture, Scott should remember the importance of humility: "The last shall be first." He practically abandoned his young family during his spiritual "quest." His wife repeats throughout the book, "under Scott's spiritual leadership," as if she herself has no influence over h ...more
Kevin de Ataíde
Aug 03, 2011 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
Sep 24, 2008 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 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
Abigail Rasmussen
Oct 16, 2016 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
David Warren
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a fellow convert to the Catholic faith, Scott and Kimberly's book brings me joy and also a deeper understanding of the faith. I can relate to the pain that one experiences when becoming Catholic means the loss of friends and the distancing of family members who oppose the faith.

One must not be Catholic to appreciate this book. In fact, I wish more of my Protestant brothers and sisters would read this book, if only to clarify some misunderstandings of the faith that continue to circulate today
May 16, 2013 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!"
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is is the story of Scott & Kimberly Hahn's conversion to Catholicism. I like how their story is told from both points of view. The two meet in college, both are theology majors and dream of ministering to the people of their Church. They are very active in their Church after graduation. However, the more they study the Bible, the closer they come to understanding the teaching of the Catholic Church. They call their theologian friends and professors to plead with them to point out t ...more
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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