When I came to Egypt to marry my husband, in August 2006, I was Christian. I went back to the USA and didn't have any intensions on converting. When I went back to Egypt the winter of 2007 I learned more about Islam and joined a few Yahoo! groups about Islam. I just kept reading and learning about Islam.
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Theresa Corbin-Former Catholic-Revert Story
I Bear Witness: A Ghost Story
by Theresa Corbin
Part 1: Of all the choices in life, why would a young woman living in one of the most affluent countries in the world chose Islam? Is she crazy?
Well, it is complicated.
And yes I am crazy.
But Islam was not the cause or a symptom, but the therapy. Besides, we are all crazy. I find that those who don’t own their crazy are indeed the craziest.
When people ask me why I converted to Islam it is kind of like asking someone in passing what brought about the Opium Wars? When I try to give a condensed version, I get the kind of response that says hey, whoa, this is too heavy a topic for a passing conversation (do they think it will be a light and breezy story? IDK).
No, there was no “miracle” or near death experience that prompted the decision. There was no man promising me love, riches, and life-long happiness if I would just convert. There wasn’t even a parting of the Gulf of Mexico—BP would take care of that years later.
My conversion came about through years of thinking, arguing, denying, defying, and searching. I would be foolish to think that my life experiences and my disposition did not lend themselves to my eventual decision, but for this post I will leave them out for the most part, as you will be able to find them in the form of a book I am currently writing.
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