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)


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

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  • 5 May 13th 2019
    No Turning Back

    I enjoyed this book immensely. It shows that our loving Father is leading us all in the right direction. All we have to do is listen.

    Diane Rogers

  • 5 Nov 30th 2018
    Great Book

    Great book


  • 5 Nov 13th 2018
    No Turning Back

    Just a phenomenal book. We are using this in our prison ministry.

    Shirley Nallie-Hesse

  • 5 Jun 9th 2018
    Great book!

    If you have a child that's causing you distress, read this book! If you want to see the power of prayer, read this book! If you are breathing, read this book. Wonderful and easy to read.

    A. Murphy

  • 5 Dec 27th 2017
    No Turning Back

    The best book I have ever read! Everybody in the whole wide world should have the opportunity to read this book!

    Pauline Bingham

  • 5 Sep 8th 2017
    No Turning Back

    An excellent book.

    Mary Marquis

  • 5 Sep 22nd 2016
    No Turning Back

    I really enjoyed reading about Fr. Calloway's conversion. His story was interesting and very moving. Truly an example of God's great mercy!

    Rita Becnel

  • 5 Sep 2nd 2016
    Powerful Testimony!

    What an awesome testimony to the Power of God and His Mother! Anyone who has a wayward child - or an addition of any kind - needs to read this book. A modern-day St. Paul conversion that is told with such honesty and humility . . . thanks Father Calloway for sharing the story of your on-going conversion!


  • 5 Jul 20th 2016
    Great book

    I totally enjoyed this book and so did my husband. I had heard that Fr. Calloway had an extraordinary life story and I wasn't disappointed. I love to hear about how God works in people's lives. It gives me great hope, that God doesn't love Fr. Calloway any more than he loves each of us, so we can expect God's merciful love for us to act in our best interests in the same way, in order to effect His blessings in our lives.


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