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Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer

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by Leah Libresco

In 2012, media outlets from CNN to EWTN announced that Leah Libresco, a gifted young intellectual, columnist, and prolific blogger on the Atheist channel on Patheos,was converting to Catholicism. In Arriving at Amen, Libresco uses the rigorous rationality that defined her Atheism to tell the story behind that very personal journey and to describe the seven forms of Catholic prayer that guided her to embrace a joyful life of faith.

As a Yale graduate, Libresco launched her writing career by blogging about science, literature, mathematics, and morality from a distinctively secular perspective. Over time, encounters with friends and associates caused her to concede the reasonableness of belief in God in theory, though not yet in practice.

In Arriving at Amen, Libresco uniquely describes the second part of her spiritual journey, in which she encountered God through seven classic Catholic forms of prayer—Liturgy of the Hours, lectio divina, examen, intercessory prayer, the Rosary, confession, and the Mass. Examining each practice through the intellectual lens of literature, math, and art, Libresco reveals unexpected glimpses of beauty and truth in the Catholic Church that will be appreciated by the curious and convinced alike.

Features & Benefits:

  • This is a first book for Leah Libresco, a popular blogger on Patheos (“Unequally Yoked: A Geeky Convert Picks Fights in Good Faith”) and other venues.
  • Her engrossing, cerebral interpretation of traditional Catholic prayer practices (Liturgy of the Hours, lectio divina, examen, intercessory prayer, the Rosary, confession, and the Mass) connect faith and reason in unexpected ways through literary, mathematical, and scientific comparisons.
  • Libresco’s story will appeal to many people who believe in God and pray regularly but do not affiliate with any faith tradition. This is the fastest growing religious group in the United States.

“Atheist convert Leah Libresco is well-known for her sharp mind, dogged curiosity, and fresh perspective on faith. Arriving at Amen puts those gifts on full display. Her reflections on prayer and the spiritual journey are brilliant, unique, and utterly refreshing. With this book, Leah hasn't just arrived at Amen; she's arrived as one of the premier young, Catholic writers today.”
Brandon Vogt, Author of Saints and Social Justice

"Leah Libresco’s account of her journey of faith is a wonderful gift. Whether it’s music or math, dancing or pottery, she uses personal experiences to show us how to develop a daily life of ever-deepening prayer. This book is a delight to read."
Scott Hahn, Bestselling author of Angels and Saints

"Reading Leah Libresco's book is like being taken on a tour of your home town by a brilliant, quirky guide who helps you see everything anew. Arriving at Amen is a delightfully refreshing read that will help any Catholic see the Faith through new eyes."
Jennifer Fulwiler, Author of Something Other Than God

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