|Young HvS (L, at 6 years) with Willem|
van Stockum (R) and their parents,
One of the wonderful things about the Internet and Google in particular is that connections are made for you that are illuminating.
My mother Hilda van Stockum always told me that G. K. Chesterton's book What's Wrong with the World was an important influence on her decision to join the Catholic Church.
But John Beaumont's new book on Catholic conversions in the United States mentions another book that clinched the decision. His book is The Mississippi Flows Into the Tiber: A Guide to Notable American Converts to the Catholic Church (South Bend, Indiana: Fidelity Press, 2014), 1014 pp., $69, Hardcover.
I reached the quote via a review of Beaumont's book by Anne Barbeau Gardiner. She says:
throughout these pages we see the influence of certain books on conversions, such as the works of Thomas Aquinas, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Newman, Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, and Gilson. Then, too, some entered at an early age, like Marco Rubio who at thirteen told his parents he wanted to be a Catholic, and others, like Wallace Stevens, waited till their deathbed. Some inched their way into the Church over the course of years, like John Sparrow Thompson, the first Catholic Prime Minister of Canada, and others converted in a flash, like Hilda van Stockum, who finished reading Arnold Lunn’s Now I See and exclaimed, “I’m not thinking about being a Catholic, I am a Catholic.”This is not a good time for me to order Lunn's book or try to find it online, because I am about to leave for D-Day memorials, including one to HvS's brother Willem van Stockum. I am posting this in the hope that someone will know the book and will contact me.