“God assembled for me a powerful team of Christian counselors and role models. Pastor Bruce taught me to apply the means of grace that God provides to repent and to grow in sanctification. Jerry and Ann taught me to pray even when I didn’t feel like it. Karla taught me to sacrifice and take risks. And Dean modeled for me how one grafts “Christian” and “professor” into one.” (p. 80)

Reading: Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.” —Philippians 3:17

Selections from The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield (Pittsburgh: Crown & Covenant, 2012). Used with permission.