A Jew's Conversion to Catholicism
From the Kippah to the Cross tells the moving conversion story of Jean-Marie Elie Setbon (nee Jean-Marc Setbon). Raised in a non-observant Jewish family, Jean-Marie first encountered Jesus Christ on a crucifix at the age of eight. He felt an inexplicable attraction to Christ on the cross and would spend hours contemplating Him and began to develop a deeply personal relationship with Christ. Finally, at fifteen, unable to bear his double-life any longer, Jean-Marie resolved to convert to Catholicism in spite of the scandal it would cause. But God had other plans.
Instead, Jean-Marie ended up delving deeper into the faith of his ancestors, moving to Israel to pursue rabbinical formation and returning to France eight years later as an ultra-Orthodox Jew. There he found work at a Jewish school and synagogue, married and had seven children. But, in spite of his sincere dedication to his Jewish faith, Jean-Marie's love and attraction to Jesus remained, becoming the source of a long and difficult internal struggle. Jean-Marie's conversion is a story about the ties of identity, about the battle between reason and the desires of the heart, but above all it is a love story between Christ, the lover - the relentless yet patient pursuer - and man, his beloved.
"A gripping, unspeakably beautiful account of a human soul intensely seeking God, and a God who is intensely in love with us. It shows how the Catholic Church is the ultimate fulfillment of Judaism's love for, and longing for, the Messiah - Jesus." - Roy Schoeman, Author, Salvation is from the Jews
"An absolutely riveting story! Filled with twists and turns, it will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is no exaggeration to state that this book would make for an epic film!" - Fr. Donald Calloway, M.I.C., Author, Mary of Nazareth
"This book takes us soaring on the wings of eagles." - Steve Ray, Author, Crossing the Tiber
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