Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor: How I Discovered the Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church

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Press: Beacon Publishing; 1st edition (April 30, 2010)
Publication Date:2010-5
Author Name:Hunt, Allen R.


Tens of thousands of American adults join the Catholic Church every year. 
Why? What is it that attracts them to Catholicism? In Confessions of a Mega-Church Pastor, Allen Hunt unveils the treasures of Catholicism that many life-long Catholics are simply unaware of.
At the same time he demonstrates the genius of Catholicism and encourages us to move beyond taking our faith for granted.
With a personal touch that is profound and disarming, Hunt takes his readers on a journey that is sure to change the way we experience our faith.
At a time when so many are disillusioned about where the Catholic Church is and where it is going, Allen Hunt brilliantly reminds us that personal holiness is the key to the bigger future God wants to leads us to both as individuals and together as a Church.

About the Author

Allen Hunt and his team are pursuing a vision to build a nationwide talk radio show on mainstream stations to create a place where real life and faith come together. 
The Allen Hunt Show focuses not on what's right and left but on what's right and wrong.
Allen has been named to Talkers Magazine's prestigious list of the 100 heavy hitters in talk radio, receiving a ranking unprecedented for a newcomer in the industry.
Hunt stepped aside July 1, 2007 from his role as Senior Minister at Mount Pisgah, a United Methodist congregation serving more than 15,000 persons each week through its ministries in Alpharetta, Georgia.
On January 6, 2008, on the Feast of the Epiphany, Allen converted to Catholicism.
This transition represented the culmination of a 15 year journey in which God began leading Allen home to the Church.
Allen and his wife, Anita, live in Atlanta, Georgia, and have two daughters, SarahAnn and Griffin Elizabeth.


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Comment List (Total:14)

  •     Great Book. A recommended read.
  •     The focus on the Sacraments and the Eucharist beckoned me to the Church many years ago. As a convert from Methodism, I recall a two or three times a year memorial. I don't recall a blessing or a feeling that this was Jesus present. Allen Hunt defines that attraction to the Body of Christmas present to us. His simple explanations are accessible for anyone interested in seeing how we find our way back.
  •     Excellent discussion of one persons journey to the Catholic Church, and done in an enlightened, non-judgemental way.
  •     Loved it ~
  •     pleasant reading
  •     Great book!
  •     I enjoyed this book. Love conversion stories! It was a great discussion book for our book club
  •     Amazing. Really puts the Catholic faith into a full and truthful perspective.
  •     An easy read. Allen Hunt writes about his journey to the Catholic Church.
  •     It isn't clear whom the intended audience is, and this lead to some jerking back and forth. At first, it read like many of the conversion stories that I love reading, but then it...
  •     I was expecting more than one presentation. But should have known it couldn't be more with the loww price. I just think you need to make that clearer. I want to get his book.
  •     I admire Mr. Hunt's honesty about what ails our Protestant brethren. Some of these I have directly experienced myself in my interactions with them in a non denominational course on evangelization.
  •     In "Confessions of a Mega-Church Pastor," former Methodist pastor and author, Allen Hunt outlines the six key treasures he found along a fifteen year journey that ended with his coming into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church on the Feast of the Epiphany, 2008.Allen was not an ambivalent protestant. He grew up Methodist, having descended from five generations of Methodist pastors and received a Masters in Divinity from Emory University and a Ph.D in New Testament and Ancient Christian Origins from Yale University. He served twenty years as a United Methodist pastor with his most recent years as senior pastor of a mega-church in Georgia that serves 15,000 people weekly.As a pastor, Allen became increasingly frustrated with the Methodist Church's inability to agree on what they were or believed. They were not bound together by any common authority or teaching - it is every pastor for him/herself. And as they tried to be inclusive, not wanting to hurt anyone's feelings, they lacked a moral compass and failed to stake out important moral positions as "formal beliefs" were formed in a political process through popular vote.Over time, seeded by a nun's comment early in his career on the "True Presence in the Holy Eucharist," Allen began to look at what he had overlooked, misunderstood, or taken for granted about the Catholic Church. His journey led to the discovery of six treasures which brought him to the Truth (Jesus Christ) and the guardian of the Truth (the Catholic Church).The six treasures which he likens to rooms in an old house (knew more about its blemishes than what it housed) include the power of the Eucharist, holiness, being loved by the saints, being awestruck by mystery, the authority of the Church, and the power of being one. The book closes with "Real Life Helps" to explore and experience each."Confessions" is a powerfully written book for those wanting to learn more about the Catholic Church, and for those cradle Catholics who have taken the Church for granted. Allen, as many others who have come into full communion with the Church, describes his discoveries better than most Catholics can. He, like the others, had to overcome years of misinformation, convincing himself of the Truth, before he could share it with others.
  •     I was born and raised catholic. I thought it was quite informative about the Methodist faith and the differences between both religions.

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