Wondering in to a Christian bookshop for a quick browse. A lovely friendly sales assistant says hello as she shelves books. She hesitates for a moment, then pulls a book from the shelf and gives it to me saying it was excellent. She’d recently heard the author speak and thought I’d enjoy it.
I look at the book. It is by Mark Shea and is called By What Authority?: An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition. I read the blurb. It is about a former evangelical Christian’s conversion to Catholicism and tells his journey of coming to the conclusion that Rome was, after all, the one true church.
So, how to interpret that little exchange in the bookshop? The sales assistant didn’t know me from Adam. We’d had no conversation. This was the only book of its kind.
I ask myself, ‘Gosh do I look like an ‘evangelical’ or something?’ That’s vaguely alarming.
Is God trying to tell me something!?
Something else come to mind?
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