No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy

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  • No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy (Book)/No Turning Back: Confessions of a Catholic Priest (DVD)
  • The unbelievable true story of Father Calloway
  • From drugs, crime, and the Japanese Mafia, to the mercy of God
  • A powerful, inspiring testimony

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.


  • Why objective truth is key to understanding God's revelation
  • Why the "I'm OK, You're OK" philosophy is tragically flawed
  • How the Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of God's merciful love
  • Why one at times must "fake it until you make it" in comprehending Catholic devotions and pious practices
  • Why repentance, contrition and sorrow are necessary steps on the road to inner peace
  • How Mary is the "Masterpiece of God's Mercy"
  • Why Christians must heroically respond to the call to holiness
  • How Our Lady's mantle is a maternal protection against error and the confusion of our times
  • How the fervent prayers of faithful souls are affecting the new generation of priests
  • And much more…

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.


Available as a DVD (Item #4001151) a CD (Item #5003208) or a book (Item #1033429)


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  • Author: Fr. Donald Calloway
  • Book Format: Paperback
  • Book Pages: 262
  • DVD Run time: 93 minutes

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  • 5 Jul 8th 2020

    Very good read. Arrived quickly.


  • 5 Jun 29th 2020

    It was am amazing story. It was dramatic, but real. It confirms my deep belief that with God nothing is impossible, and he never gives up on us.

    Kathy Barber

  • 5 Jun 29th 2020
    No Turning Back

    Excellent Book!!! A must read!


  • 5 Oct 14th 2019

    My heart was floored when he responded to his mother. He is quite honest about his life and it really shows how God spoke to him through the Eucharist—not what I expected. I believe men would truly benefit from this video. This is not what I expected but definitely worthwhile viewing.


  • 5 Jun 21st 2019

    I found this book to be one of the most inspirational and powerful true life stories that I have ever read. Once I started reading the book I couldn't put it down. Within 3 days I had finished it and started telling everyone about it. My sister can't wait to start reading it as we've both had hurdles with raising our daughters. For anyone having difficulties with a loved one this book will teach you to never give up on an individual no matter how hopeless the situation is!

    Virginia Van Wagner

  • 5 Jun 20th 2019
    No Turning Back

    I bought this for my 26 year old Grandson. He has just begun reading it and so far says that it is very inspiring. Hopefully he will read all of it and I can't wait to hear his review.

    Alice Martian

  • 4 Jun 18th 2019

    Highly charged with his behavioral problems prior to his conversion. Spoken in everyday language reflecting the shame of a love of drugs and how it ruins ones life. Amazing how he reacts that makes the change in his life. Shows how the Holy Spirit is a powerful God.


  • 5 Jun 8th 2019
    No Turning Back

    This is the best book I have read. I could not put this book down. It was well written and so honest. Thank God FR. Donald Calloway found the Blessed Mother and Jesus before it was too late. What wonderful parents he has that never gave up on him. There is so much power in prayer. I hope more people purchase this book as it proves that God loves us all, even sinners.

    Mary Ann Maycen

  • 5 Jun 8th 2019
    No Turning Back

    Since I received this book, I have not been able to put it down. If there was ever a truer testimony to the power of God's Divine Mercy it is Fr. Don Calloway's life story. Who would have believed that a young persons' life so full of chaos and sin would have escalated to such a love for Jesus, Mary and the Catholic church. This is not only a book for troubled youth and souls believing there is no hope but for fallen away, luke-warm and devout Catholics as well. Nothing is impossible with God!


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