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I know I’m not the only one who hears about “the call to evangelize the world” with something akin to dread, horror, and fear.

Because you know what? I have my hands full already.

Yeah, I have a passion for this. Yeah, I care. I care A LOT.

But…

…the idea of shoving things down people’s throats, of selling them something as intimate as faith, is downright distasteful to me.

Catholic nerd-to-the-max that I am, full of knowledge and fire about my faith, and I clench up and start to go all fetal position when people in front of a microphone (or with a keyboard) start to intimate that I should be doing more than living my life the way I know I should.

Ah, but wait: maybe evangelization isn’t used car sales with a thin veneer of God. Could it be that what I’m doing is what I should be doing (however imperfectly)?

Nancy Ward has some thoughts about this. Ward has put together a new DVD project, “Sharing YOUR Faith Story,” in which she covers the process of, well, sharing your faith story.

Not only will you learn how, but you’ll learn why.

As a convert who’s asked on a sometimes daily basis for the details of my conversion (I’ve gotten good at the one-sentence version over the last 15ish years!), I’ve learned that:

(1) EVERYONE has a conversion story, and

(2) It’s good to have thought about it before you’re asked to give the details of it.

Nancy’s put together a great tool, especially if you find this an uncomfortable topic or aren’t sure how you might come off to other people.

I asked Nancy a few questions about the “Sharing YOUR Faith Story” project.

Read Sarah's interview with Nancy on Snoring Scholar

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About Nancy Ward

Nancy HC Ward is a journalist, author, and speaker who blogs about Catholicism, her conversion, and Christian community at JoyAlive.net,
 7 websites and 7 magazines. She loves to share her faith story and help others share theirs through her Sharing Your Faith Stories seminars, also available on DVD. She contributed four chapters to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. She facilitates the Dallas/Fort Worth Catholic Writers and a critique group for the Catholic Writers Guild, where she serves as a board member.
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