Born and raised in Muslim Turkey, Derya Little rejected her family’s Islamic faith and became an atheist after her parents’ divorce. During her stormy adolescence, she tried to convince a Christian missionary that there is no God but was converted to Christ instead.
While attending a Turkish university and serving as a Christian youth minister, Derya began to compare the teachings of Protestantism and Catholicism, and during her doctoral studies in England, she entered the Catholic Church.
She writes, speaks and podcasts to bring glory to God and help people to see the fullness of Truth in the Catholic Church.
From Islam to Christ: One Woman’s Path through the Riddles of God, Ignatius Press, 2017.
Two Fallen Worlds: Lost, Independently Published, 2018 (YA Fiction).
Two Fallen Worlds: Found, Independently Published, 2018 (YA Fiction).
Reluctant to Confident: Becoming a Daughter, a Wife and a Mother with the Women of New Testament, (under Review).
“The Divine Mercy Novena, A Lesson of Mercy and Justice.” Book chapter in Our Friend Faustina Timeless Tales of Heavenly Inspiration, Marian Press, exp. 2019.
National Catholic Register, 2017-2018
I Grew Up as a Muslim—But Then Rome Called
Immigration: Human Dignity or Obedience? Maybe Both?
My 10 Weird, Wonderful Years as a Catholic
Do You Have Any of These 3 Signs of Acedia?
I Can Only Imagine — A Movie about Fathers, Sons and Redemption
Compromise with Islam, Atheism and Secularism is an Illusion
Islam, Catholicism and the Fallout from Low Standards
A World Without Christ Leads to the Atheist Gunman
President Oprah and the False Religion of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’
The Errors of ‘The Last Jedi’ and Islam Are No Match for the Mother of God
The Catholic World Report, 2016-2018
Lepanto, the Poles, Islam, and Our Lady
Christians continue to suffer as President Erdoğan expands reach, power
The Fall of Constantinople on May 29, 1453: A Cautionary Tale
Imprisonment of Christian pastor in Turkey signals President Erdogan’s hard shift
A cradle of early Christianity, Turkey is often unwelcoming to today’s Christians
Islam, ISIS, and Turkey
Five Facts About the Coup in Turkey
Crisis Magazine, 2017-2018
Islam, Immigration and the Decaying Christian West
Jerusalem in the Islamic Imagination
What Peace Really Means
Islam, Hollywood and Choice
Creation of Man in Islam and Christianity
Speaking and Media Appearances:
Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference, Keynote Speaker, February 2018.
The Journey Home, EWTN, June 2018.
St. Hugh’s Parish, Carmichaels, PA, June 2018.
St. John’s University Parish, Morgantown, WV, November 2016
Radio and Podcast Interviews, including but not limited to:
Kresta in the Afternoon
Patrick Coffin Show
Jennifer Fulwiler Show
Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo
Morning Glory, EWTN
Pints with Aquinas
Steve Deace Show
Guest lecturing, West Virginia University, Business Department, October 2013
Presentation of conference papers, 2013
Sharing Christian testimony, Churches in the US, England and Turkey
Organizing and Speaking at youth camps, 2003-2008
Simultaneous interpretation, English-Turkish, various Christian conferences in Turkey
Training short-term mission groups about Turkish culture, language and Islam, 2004-2007
Tutoring Turkish primarily to American missionaries in Turkey between 1999-2007