(Video) Interview with Jennifer Fulwiler – On Atheism, Writing, Blogging, and Books
After being raised in an atheist household, Jennifer converted to Catholicism five years ago. She's since become one of the Church's most eloquent evangelists and has shared her profound spiritual insights with thousands of people.
I recently sat down with Jennifer to discuss several topics including atheism, writing, blogging, and books.
Watch or download our interview below:
(And sorry for the occasional video hiccup! Our Skype connection dipped in and out a couple times during the chat.)
Download the mp3 here (11 minutes)
1:26- What advice do you have for people with atheist loved ones?
2:23 - Atheist conversions are not always intellectual
3:28 - What's the secret to writing so much?
3:57 - Three keys to writing more often
5:11 - What advice would you give to a beginning blogger?
5:29 - Two tips for successful blogging
6:58 - What are your top three life-changing books?
9:27 - Word association: scorpions
Here are the books mentioned during our interview:
- Jennifer's forthcoming memoir
- The Church and New Media by Brandon Vogt
- He Leadeth Me by Fr. Walter Ciszek
- Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To by Anthony DeStefano
- The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield
Q: What advice would you give to a mother whose son has embraced atheism?
That's a great question and I hear that question all the time. Every time I give a talk I hear tons of stories like this and so I know it's a big problem. I think the biggest thing I say to people in this situation is to not fall into the mindset that atheism is all about intellectual arguments, that these conversions—or de-conversions, in many cases—are always intellectual........The intellectual arguments are a much smaller part of it than we think they are, and the heart is involved much more than it seems on the surface.
Be sure to follower Jennifer through ConversionDiary.com, her blog at the National Catholic Register, and her pithy updates on Twitter.
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