Arriving at Amen

Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer
Author: Leah Libresco
Foreword by: Mark P. Shea

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: May 7, 2015

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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.

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Pages: 192

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781594715877

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “A delightfully refreshing read.”


    “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

  • “A new perspective on faith.”


    Arriving at Amen is weird and winsome: a thoughtful and humble exploration of Catholic practice and prayer. This book will give you a new perspective on the faith.”

    Eve Tushnet
    Author of Gay and Catholic

  • “A surprising little gem.”


    “At once a conversion story and a practical treatise of the exploration of prayer, Arriving at Amen is a surprising little gem of a book, so fresh and insightful it belies Leah Libresco's status as a recent convert to Catholicism. Arriving at Amen literally made me gasp, because I suddenly realized I was holding a diamond; the most intellectually stimulating, humbling, and entertaining Catholic book I have read in a very, very long time.” 

    Elizabeth Scalia
    Catholic blogger and author of Strange Gods

  • “One of the premier young, Catholic writers today.”


    “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

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“My Journey from Atheist to Catholic: 11 Questions for Leah Libresco”

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National Catholic Register Interview
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