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No Turning Back: Confessions of a Catholic Priest

No Turning Back: Confessions of a Catholic Priest

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  • No Turning Back: Confessions of a Catholic Priest
  • 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)


Dimensions & Specifications

  • ISBN: 9781596144859
  • Author: Fr. Donald Calloway
  • Language: English
  • Topic: Convert Stories

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(4.83/5 Stars, 24 Ratings) Based on 24 Reviews

Review: 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.


Review: 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!

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Review: 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.


Review: 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.

No Turning Back

Review: 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.

No Turning Back

Review: 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!

No turning Back

Review: Just got the book and can't put it down -

No Turning Back

Review: 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.

Great Book

Review: Great book

No Turning Back

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

Great book!

Review: 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.

No Turning Back

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

No Turning Back

Review: An excellent book.

No Turning Back

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

Powerful Testimony!

Review: 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!

Great book

Review: 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.

Great Read

Review: I'm really getting into this book and can see that is will be an eye opener. Love it so far.

No Turning Back

Review: This was an engaging read. The conversion is what it is, but it was difficult to believe because it was a divine 2x4. I also wanted more detail about ups and downs after the conversion.

Cover to cover

Review: I could not put this down. Cover to cover. It is on my must read list for people.

great book

Review: I so enjoyed this book I would recommend it to anyone

Inspires a mothers perserverance

Review: Fr. Calloway has an interesting story that gives this grieving mother hope for her wayward child. Pros: Action-packed, Engaging, Entertaining

Excellent Story of Conversion

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

Most Inspirational

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

Awesome Story!

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
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