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From Cocaine To Christ: The Powerful Conversion of John Edwards

In this episode of The Catholic Talk Show, the guys are joined by John Edwards who tells his powerful conversion from a heartbreaking life of cocaine, porn, and lies into a guy in the pews.

Learn more about John’s ministry here:
Website:
https://justaguyinthepew.com/
YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyYw…
Podcasts:
https://justaguyinthepew.com/podcast/


 

8 comments on From Cocaine To Christ: The Powerful Conversion of John Edwards

  1. Your may be interested in my story, I would love to talk about it.

    My name is Thomas Fargnoli. I am a retired engineer, teacher, magician and an ex-deacon in the Catholic Church.

    My book tells my story of hope and faith through grief, suicide and rejection.

    “The Deacon – An Unexpected Life”

    Proceeds benefit Suicide Awareness.

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  2. Andrea says:

    Hi guys,
    Part of the power of John Edwards is how he brings us along on his journey. I had tears in my eyes when he was far away from God and everyone else. How very lonely and desolate his life was at times. How empty he felt inside to fill himself up with drugs, and heavy drink and cigarettes. Addictions are frightening. I smoked cigarettes all my adult life and just totally quit them two years ago and don’t want them anymore because quitting them was part of my getting closer to God. You have to realize your body is a temple and what that really means. We belong to God and that includes our physical beings as well as our hearts and souls. I understand on a much smaller scale of addiction what John Edwards had to give up in order to get closer to God. He had a hell of a lot more to give up that would make a huge impact on his body in a positive healthy way. His addictions not only ruined his body for a while but his life. He got it back.

    I spent a lot of time drinking and eating with friends when I was younger. I had two different groups of friends one from work and one from my personal life outside work and we enjoyed ourselves. I never became an alcoholic and never did drugs except for cigarettes. I was lucky that I was too scared of losing control of myself than wanting to feel euphoric. I think I was more mellow and happy from being with friends than from drinking. All those friends became lifelong friends.

    His adventures in jail are so scary I felt for the man. I would have been scared poopless myself. I felt like I was arrested along with him. The man is a powerful orator. He expresses himself well. I thank God he met that wonderful priest who helped him change his life. He met a friend for life who would help effect positive changes. My family had a friend who was a priest who just died about a year or so ago. He too made a difference in the lives of others.

    Having people on who have stories of their personal encounters with God is always an excellent idea for a podcast. Ryan Scheel, my father loved Chesterton and Fulton J. Sheen. Every time you mention Chesterton I think of my dad long gone now. I agree with you that the definition of freedom is to break the chains of addiction. Break the chains of bad habits too. Ryan Dellacrosse brought tears to my eyes when he mentioned how he worships God’s limitless capacity of mercy. John was right about everyone living in their own prison cell. God led John to the priest who opened that cell door and showed him God was waiting for him outside.

    Yes, it was a powerful podcast and conversion and I appreciate John for sharing it with all of us and you guys for asking him onto your show. Fr. Rich is right, people are healed by the testimony of others. John has backbone to be so vulnerable about his weaknesses, I agree Ryan Scheel. Yes, each of us are broken Fr. We don’t heal ourselves alone. We don’t have the resources. We need God and we need community. I am glad I found your show on my journey and your show brought me to someone else on my journey, Keith Nester and his Rosary Crew.

    I am addicted to happy endings and John had one. God wants us all to have a happy ending. I may even listen to this one a second time around.

    Stay safe and stay healthy,
    Andrea

    1. John Edwards says:

      Thank you so much for sharing all of that. I appreciate your kind words so much. Gus bless you!

      1. Andrea says:

        Hi John:

        You are very welcome, and God bless you as well and your family.

  3. Steve says:

    That was fantastic. I agree, would love to be a part of a men’s group like that.

    1. Marc Larocque says:

      Thank you may God bless us all

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