A bit of background on me-
At a young age, from the time I was born until the time I was a teenager, I was raised in a Baptist/Evangelical environment involving various communities of professing Christians. Later in life and for the past year or two, I have been Lutheran, which served as my introduction to an orthodox, ancient, and dogmatic Christianity, as watered down as they are; this, however, is a story for another day. Many of these people in the Baptist and Evangelical communities, unfortunately, were not Christians because they had not even been Baptized, being sadly ignorant of its necessity for regeneration in Christ. Being raised in that environment gave me some terrible disadvantages, but it gave me some advantages as well.
Some of the disadvantages are that I absorbed a lot of the usual fears and prejudices against Catholicism that is typical of Baptists and Evangelicals, and these mental ticks have been reeeeaaaaallllllyyyyyyyy hard to overcome, seeing as I absorbed them at such a young age. In the last nine months of serious intellectual and spiritual conversion to the Catholic Faith, it hasn't been until recently that I've truly become comfortable with the exalted role of the Theotokos and a few other aspects of orthodox Catholicism. Another negative is that naturally I was never Baptized, not as an infant, or even later in life. While that is a negative from the standpoint of still being in a sort of limbo regarding even being a Christian, I must say I have been humbled and awed by the Grace of God manifested in the fact that I can now have all of my foolish sins of youth washed away, both the eternal and temporal judgments and consequences of them. It's enough to make you fall on your face in awe at the Grace of Christ.
The point of all of this is simply to say, in a certain sense, you could say I'm starting my Christian life right now, and that it will be consummated only when I'm Baptized into the Catholic Faith. However, as is common with converts coming from Protestantism of the brand that doesn't hold Baptism as important, a man can be in my position of just starting out his Christian life as a Catholic, and yet have had a least basic Christian formation his entire life! That is the advantage that I spoke of in the last paragraph.
As full of errors as it was, I received a great deal of basic catechesis in my upbringing. In case you don't know Baptists or Evangelicals, they are almost always obsessed (in an admirable way) with Sacred Scripture. Devotion to the Scriptures is preeminent among them; it is the heart and soul of their striving to live something like the life of a Christian. There is also among them, at least among the more committed of them, a fanatical devotion to/adoration of the Lord Jesus Christ that is to be commended. These two virtues I learned from a young age from these men and women. I was enrolled in a Bible memorization program called AWANA (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed- cf. 2nd Timothy 2:15) from the time I was three years old, and learned quickly basic Christian concepts and most importantly, I learned about Jesus and came to love Him sincerely and deeply. He responded and has never stopped leading me and being with me, even through times of sin and wretchedness, culminating in that Day when I finally eat of His Body and drink from the stream of Blood and Water which flowed from His side.
In my lifetime I have read most of nearly every book of the Old and New Testaments at one time or another; Three or four years ago, I read through most of the New Testament book by book. I have a strong devotion to St. John the Evangelist, and his Gospel, Epistles, and Apocalypse are among my favorite books of the New Testament. Due to my reading of the Old and New Testaments, I have developed (Deo Gratias) a keen sense of typology, which has led me to mystical contemplation, and manifests itself in my meditations on Sacred Scripture and my poetry, some of which I post on this blog for the world to see, some of which I keep to myself.