Converting Kate

Converting Kate
Age Range
12+
Release Date
March 15, 2007
ISBN
0670061522
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Kate was raised in the Holy Divine Church it influenced everything from her homeschooling to her handmade clothes. But ever since her unbelieving father's death last year, she has suspected that there's more to life than memorizing scripture.

Taking advantage of their move to a new town, Kate to her devout mother's horror quits Holy Divine. She joins the cross-country team, wears shorts to public school, and even tries a traditional Christian church. As she struggles to come to terms with her father's death and her mother's unquestioning beliefs, Kate discovers there's a big difference between religion and faith and that the two don't always go hand in hand.

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Reader reviewed by Linda

This is the best book i have read in my life. Nevermind words cannot explain. Beckie Weinheimer is just so inspirational. the way she made kate was perfect. how she had to stick up for what she felt inside, how deep the words are, it's like the words jump at you from the book. i've read second corinthians chap 13 :12 many times, and NEVER have i looked at it the way pastor browning described it. God Bless you Beckie. this book has done so much
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When A Crisis of Faith Heals
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Reader reviewed by LaTonya M. Baldwin

I recently completed reading this novel. You know those times when you want that hopeful ending and a little sugar isn't so bad? Well, that's _Converting Kate_. If you've ever questioned your faith or actually left your family's religion, then you'd probably appreciate this story. Yep, it's YA and as an adult who reads a lot of contemporary YA, let me tell you this is no Disney show converted to print. Kate and her mom belong to a pretty strict faith that preaches they are the one true church. After the death of her father (a non-believer), Kate's doubts turn to anger and rejection. It's not a matter of God letting her dad die rather its her questions and doubts that have been building as she matures. When her father dies, her resentment boils over. When Kate and her mom move to her dad's birthplace, Puffin Cove, Kate meets new friends, new school and is exposed to ideas and experiences she had been cut off from previously. The story has a good range of characters including Pastor Browning who turns out to be agnostic and gay and open-minded. He helps Kate navigate through her doubts and anger. Beckie Weinheimer writes from personal experience that lends an authenticity that strikes a chord with all of us who remember our own crisis of faith.

By the way, this is a book I chose from the prize bucket. I hit the jackpot. Thanks Kim! I wouldn't have likely found this book had I not been here.
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The Courage to Think
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Reader reviewed by Robin Reardon

Kate Anderson is beginning to think. Thinking can be a painful process. It takes energy, time, space, and often courage. Kate must think about her God, her father, her mother, her classmates, and herself with this courage. Weinheimer, in going through her own version of this process, has had to re-evaluate the things she thought were true, knowing that when she was done they might not be true any more. She transfers this journey lovingly, tenderly, and credibly to her teenaged protagonist. The kind of thinking Weinheimer is endorsing is the kind that makes Kateor anyonemore herself than she was before. More true to herself. And, therefore, more true to the world and to whatever spiritual or ethical life she chooses to follow.
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A Great Read
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Reader reviewed by MRose52

Converting Kate is a novel about a teenager named Kate, who has just moved away from home. Throughout Kates life, she has followed her mothers religious beliefs at the Church of the Holy Devine. This church is strict and demanding, controlling every aspect of its followers lives. They are told everything from how they should dress (in brown skirts to their ankles) to how long to pray (about two hours a day) to which books they should burn. Kate has always followed along with these rules, because by obeying them, her mother will love her, god will love her, and everything will be as He wills it to be. However, there is one small problem with this paradise Kate and her mother are set to create. Kates father. When Kates father dies, Kate and her mother move from there home to live with Kates aunt. Upon arrival, Kate re-discovers her fathers old books&the ones she never dared touch before. Books that her church would never allow. To learn more about the father she never knew while he was alive, Kate begins to read. When Kates mother finds out what Kate is doing, Kate is forced to decide; should she go along with what she has always thought was right, what her mother feels is right&and risk loosing her mother and her past? Or discover something more, find out what else might be out there&find out if she is wrong. Kate has to learn if it is more important to be secluded and safe in ones beliefs, or to risk finding out something she might not find as comforting. When Kate begins to question her mother, she asks;
Has it ever, even once in your whole life, occurred to you that maybe God accepts other churches besides yours? I ask in a voice that surprises me with its steadiness and calmness. I continue with a speech, one Ive carefully prepared in my head for months.
Did you ever once wonder if maybe the Holy Devine Church isnt as special as you think? I mean, isnt it arrogant to think that a small group of people, who have inbred for generations and make it a practice not to study other religions, really have the monopoly of religious truth?

I think that this novel is inspiring and extremely thought-provoking. It goes to depths that not many young adult novels have dared to reach. Its theme is based in a complicated question that has been asked for centuries; Why are we here? However, this question is twisted into a more modern perspective; Is what Im doing right? This is a question many teens, adults, and parents can relate to. This novel is for anyone of any race, religion, and viewpoint to enjoy. I believe this is a book that those of all opinions can read and love. This book is suspenseful in its own way and ultimately satisfying. A great read.

Beyond the ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing there is a field. Ill meet you there.
~Converting Kate
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