This is the story of a well-bred young woman whose family was drawn to a spiritual movement led by Frank Buchman, an Oxford Don, in the 1930's. The daughter, Faith, was part of the first generation of the movement who possessed exemplary writing skills and deep introspective feelings about what she was becoming.
Timeframe – and Place: New York City, 1950's after completion of high school and summers in Mackinac with the Moral Re-Armament Movement.
A wonderfully told memoir of a conversion to Catholicism pre-Vatican II, this manuscript was written originally for the people that Miss Abbott would leave behind in the MRA so that they could relate to her passionate feeling of betrayal to the movement that she had been raised into in deep faith.
Conversion accounts were a dime a dozen in the 50's, but for anyone who is searching for their faith and a home to be comfortable in, Faith Abbott follows a clear pathway to sort out the meaning of two noted writers of the period, Whittaker Chambers, author of Witness and Thomas Merton, author of The Seven Storey Mountain. a classic; she aptly wrote her way out of uncertainty and into a comfortable belief system through reading and teaching. Miss Abbott's account of the Church reminds us that it is the same now as it was before and that all that has really happened is a change of clothing; not the oft claimed clamor that the sky was falling, but that the Church is forever.