By Kevin Stoda
Here is a related page from dad’s diary that shares a bit more about him.
Ron, “Who gave you your first Bible and how old were you when you received it. How did it influence your life?”
Dad replied, “When I was married, James Stoda [my brother]. I always heard Bible stories and it will always be part of my life.”
For me, it is a bit surprising that such a voracious reader was not given his own bible at an earlier age and encouraged to read it. However, since Dad came from a Catholic household, I guess that is how things happen in most catholic homes.
On the other hand, James Stoda, was the first and only sibling of Dad’s to fully embrace a protestant faith. (His son–my cousin Mark–was able to introduce me years later to Navigator’s practices of discipling. My attraction to discipling finally led me to be baptized decades later.). So, the fact that my Uncle Jim was the one who presented Dad with his first Bible to read is or was proper.
Ron, “When did you become a Christian? How did your life change?”
Dad replied, “Christ Way Before, Now, and Forever.”
I can see a lot of Catholics applauding this response. (It is not a protestant perspective. Protestants put a lot of focus on our choices–not a fait accompli.)