No Turning Back By Father Donald Calloway
Reviewed by Jennifer Gladen
I found this book to be one of the most captivating books I’ve read in a long time. Father Donald Calloway’s story of his journey of faith was inspiring. From the minute I picked up the book, I was hooked. This book can easily be read in a few short days with the way it captivates the reader.
The introduction was a general explanation of the journey toward God that Father Donald traveled. It warns of his “animal-like” behavior in his teen years and asks forgiveness in advance to what we are about to read. This introduction was no exaggeration. The next nine chapters detailed all of the negative events that plagued Father Calloway’s early life.
At one point in the book, he refers to a scene being like a scene in a movie. In fact the whole book seems like events from a movie. He vividly details his wrong doings from disrespecting his parents to drug and alcohol abuse to stealing and even nights in prison.
Just when you think the story couldn’t be any more captivating, you follow Father through his miraculous conversion. I found myself cheering Father along as he rushed in urgency to visit a priest.
We see many sides of Father throughout the book, however all his past experiences have given him the skills of perseverance and determination to pursue the priesthood.
The book was well written and I had a hard time putting it down. I’ve managed to read it in just a few short days.
Father tells his story in such a personal way that you feel like you are there with him. This book also offers a bright beacon of hope for those who have family members in similar situations.
I highly recommend this book to everyone interested in Catholic spiritual reading. You won’t be sorry.