What does it take to transform a die-hard agnostic into a fervent apostle of Christ? How does God's grace literally transform hearts - one step at a time? In this conversion testimony No Turning Back, you'll literally be on the edge of your seat as a former "Deadhead" and drug-addict candidly shares how he was unexpectedly led to the Roman Catholic Church and eventually into a Roman collar as an ordained priest. An incredible odyssey of faith, Fr. Donald Calloway's radical conversion can be compared to that of a modern St. Augustine as chronicled in his famous Confessions.
Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll
The son of self-proclaimed "hillbillies" from the back woods of West Virginia, Donald Calloway was raised without any religion or a father figure to model. Finally baptized as a Protestant at the age of ten, he never received any formal Christian instruction. And when his family moved to California, he slipped into the "MTV lifestyle" - sex, drugs and rock music. This pagan rebellion intensified to total mayhem when his family relocated to Japan and he ran away from home.
Satisfaction of the senses became young Donald's rule of life that escalated to a life of crime. Constantly on the move to avoid arrest, he and his friends soon got connected with the Japanese Mafia. During this time of endless wanton wandering filled with wine, women and song, Donald's mother became Catholic and fervently prayed for her fifteen-year-old prodigal son to return home. Like a modern-day St. Monica, she trusted that God would touch his soul with the grace of repentance.
Embrace the Grace
After many failures at drug rehab, Donald sought solace as a Grateful Dead groupie even as God was miraculously moving his entire family to convert to Catholicism! Resisting any attempts to be evangelized and turning once again to petty robbery in order to survive, in 1992 this rebel without a cause reached a breaking point in his life. Fortunately, he discovered a book on Marian apparitions and devoured its powerful message of repentance. The Blessed Virgin Mary had literally stolen his heart and introduced spiritual concepts like heaven, hell, repentance and sin. There was no turning back!
Full of unexpected twists and turns, No Turning Back will inspire you to recognize and embrace the countless graces God grants in your own life. Part of a new generation of priests, Fr. Calloway's amazing story powerfully manifests Our Lord's infinite mercy and faithfulness. Order No Turning Back: Confessions of a Catholic Priest today and share this inspiring and unforgettable journey with your lukewarm family members, fallen-away friends and any lost souls that need a powerful reminder of God's love and faithfulness.
Rev. Donald Calloway, M.I.C., is the assistant rector of the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA. As a convert to the Catholic Faith, Father Calloway left a rebellious life of wine, women and song to embrace God's saving truth. After studying at the Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH and the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., he was ordained to the sacred priesthood in 2003.
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|By:||Karen-Merchandising (Charlotte, NC, May 3, 2009)|
|Review:||When I purchased this item, I thought I was buying a MOVIE not a testimonial. The cover drew me in! I really thought it was going to be like an old-fashioned sappy Sunday night saga! After hitting PLAY, and seeing Fr. Calloway just sitting there talking, I was a bit disappointed as I like to be entertained. Once I let the feeling of disappoint fade, I was drawn into his story so much so I ended up thoroughly enjoying this DVD by the real-life story he shared. Many times, my mouth would just drop at what he did and the realization of how others today might be perceiving the whole religion stuff and the realization of how others in the world can get pulled in different directions. I ended up loving this DVD and so did my husband. I think it would be a great thing to show to teens or young adults too. Best Uses: Education; Describe Yourself: Mother and Cradle Catholi; Pros: Engaging, Intreging|
|By:||Robert the aged (Columbus, GA, September 7, 2009)|
|Review:||For all those who have lost hope in the downward spiral of substance abuse, chaos and loss of morals. Best Uses: Education; Describe Yourself: Finder of inspiration; Pros: Engaging|
|By:||Doctor Bob (Columbus, GA, October 9, 2009)|
|Review:||It is valuable for all who want to recover from a low life of absent love to a life full of the love of Jesus. Best Uses: Education, Everyone, Self-abusers; Pros: Classic, Engaging, Entertaining, Grace-filled|
|By:||grieving mother (Washington state, May 8, 2010)|
|Review:||Fr. Calloway has an interesting story that gives this grieving mother hope for her wayward child. Pros: Action-packed, Engaging, Entertaining|