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.
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.
This book deals with some of the most difficult and incendiary questions with wit, joy, maturity, and, above all, radiating love.
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.
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
Rosaria Butterfield’s books Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert and Openness Unhindered
have been featured on respected publication lists since 2013.
It’s vital to regularly attend a church that holds the Bible—the inspired Word of God—in high esteem, and whose people seek diligently to learn it and to live it. There are many churches that do that, but also plenty that do not. When people ask Rosaria to recommend a church she is familiar with, she points them to the following church denomination’s sites to see if there is a congregation nearby.