Rosaria’s Story

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, a former tenured professor of English and women’s studies at Syracuse University, converted to Christ in 1999 in what she describes as a train wreck. Her memoir The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert chronicles that difficult journey. Rosaria is married to Kent, a Reformed Presbyterian pastor in North Carolina, and is a homeschool mother, author, and speaker.

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Books

Openness Unhindered:
Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ

Terms like same-sex marriage, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gay Christian are part of the discourse of daily life. Enormous dispute surrounds them as news headlines and social media reflects the stirrings of the hearts in real people with real questions and concerns.

Dr. Butterfield not only goes to great lengths to clarify some of today’s key controversies, she also traces their history and defines the terms that have become second nature. She cuts to the heart of the problems and points the way to the solution, which challenges the church to be all that God intended it to be, and for each person to find true freedom in Christ.

Praise:

This book deals with some of the most difficult and incendiary questions with wit, joy, maturity, and, above all, radiating love.

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Russell Moore, president, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert:
An English Professor’s Journey into Christian Faith

Rosaria, by the standards of many, was living a very good life. She had a tenured position at a large university in a field for which she cared deeply. She owned two homes with her partner, in which they provided hospitality to students and activists who were looking to make a difference in the world. Then, in her late 30s, Rosaria encountered something that turned her world upside down—the idea that Christianity, a religion she had regarded as problematic and sometimes downright damaging, might be right about who God was. This is the gritty, unusual story of repentance and the lived life of an unlikely Christian.

Praise:

Every now and then you read something that not only is a good book, but makes you want to have a meal with the author and get to know them better. This was one for me.
Aimee Byrd, housewifetheologian.com

Accolades

Rosaria Butterfield’s books Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert and Openness Unhindered
have been featured on respected publication lists since 2013.

Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

One of WORLD Magazine’s Top 10 Books of 2013

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“My Train Wreck Conversion”

A Most-Read Christianity Today Article from 2013

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Openness Unhindered

One of Kevin DeYoung’s Top 10 Books of 2015

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Openness Unhindered

A Top 15 Book of 2015 by Tony Reinke

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Openness Unhindered

A 2015 Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Book of the Year

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Rosaria On . . .

TESTIMONY and CONVERSION

2/7/2013

Rosaria’s testimony, written for Christianity Today

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7/27/2015
Approximately 26 minutes.

Perceptions of Christians (before she was one), modern morality, and talking with those who aren’t Christians. For Family Life Today.

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1/11/2013
Approximately 105 minutes.

Becoming lesbian, campaigning against stupid, a kind letter, hospitality of Christians, and conversion. Plus Q&As. For Patrick Henry College with WORLD Magazine.

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3/23/2013

Becoming lesbian, being befriended by Christians, and the uncomfortable walk into church and through the chaos of conversion. For WORLD Magazine, excerpts from video.

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7/24/2014
Approximately 47 minutes.

How Scripture cut into Rosaria’s life, enabling her see herself from God’s point of view. For The Gospel Coalition.

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4/1/2015

Responses to Rosaria’s conversion, how to talk to someone who claims to live a homosexual lifestyle and be a Christian, and counsel for those experience same-sex attraction. With Tabletalk Magazine.

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HOSPITALITY

7/28/2015
Approximately 26 minutes.

Why to bring strangers into your home, and how the hospitality of Christians opened her to the gospel. For Family Life Today.

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10/26/2015
Approximately 36 minutes.

Discussing Openness Unhindered, and the importance of hospitality and the normal means of grace. For the Council of Biblical Men and Women.

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7/20/2015
Approximately 25 minutes.

What we give up to be a Christian, and how to defend marriage with love. For Family Life Today.

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10/9/2014
Approximately 20 minutes.

The mercy and grace found in prayer and hospitality.

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(SEXUAL) SINNERS and JESUS

3/16/2016
Approximately 75 minutes.

Grappling with the sexual orientation paradigm and bringing forth God’s paradigm of faithfulness in marriage or chastity. With Q&As. For Family Research Council.

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10/30/2014
Approximately 42 minutes.

A panel (including Rosaria) offers advice on helping those who struggle with sexual sin. For ERLC.

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4/16/2015

How to fight the sin that has infiltrated our identity and become a daily reality. For DesiringGod.org.

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1/7/2016

A place for and a responsibility to those who struggle with sin, sexual sin, and homosexual sin. For DesiringGod.org.

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5/2014

How to be a dangerous, truthful, and loving Christian—and what helps build relationship with those who are living homosexual. For Citizen’s Magazine.

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PUBLIC POLICY

7/21/2015

On the pro-choice mindset, Frankenstein, and Jesus. For The Gospel Coalition.

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7/21/2015
Approximately 2.5 minutes.

The values behind the pro-choice mindset and the healing understanding of gospel adoption. For The Gospel Coalition.

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7/2015

The Supreme Court decision for same-sex marriage and why “sexual orientation” should not prescribe personhood. For Reformation 21.

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SCRIPTURE and PSALM SINGING

12/21/2015

How singing God’s word brings intimacy in suffering and brought grace to the uncomfortable. For Challies.com.

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1/20/2015
Approximately 13 minutes.

Becoming a good reader (of Scripture), making a plan, and habits in the home. For The Gospel Coalition.

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2/13/2014

How reading the Bible revolutionized Rosaria’s world and showed her three unbiblical views of sexuality. For The Gospel Coalition.

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7/11/2013

How to be on the losing (political) team, homophobia and homosexuality, and remembering that God is our Rock. For DesiringGod.org.

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MISCELLANEOUS

5/13/2013

Lessons from Rosaria’s history as an anti-Christian professor, plus dos and don’ts for living out Christ on campus. For Intercollegiate Review.

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3/19/2013
Approximately 23 minutes.

Todd Pruitt and Carl Trueman discuss Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. For the Mortification of Spin podcast.

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6/17/2016
Approximately 38 minutes.

Once a pro-abortion feminist, Rosaria now speaks about women and abortion in light of the gospel. For The Gospel Coalition.

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