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Arriving at Amen

Arriving at Amen

Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer

by Leah Libresco

"'Arriving at Amen' literally made me gasp, because I suddenly realized I was holding a diamond." ~Elizabeth Scalia, Patheos Catholic blogger and author of "Strange Gods"

About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

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.

Arriving at Amen: A Q&A with Leah Libresco

Arriving at Amen: A Q&A with Leah Libresco

"The Divine Office is a contradiction to the way I try to live by default, and helps remind me that I have to choose what gets my time and attention – I can’t make more of either by willing it."

Praise for Arriving at Amen

Praise for Arriving at Amen

"Leah Libresco's account of her journey of faith is a wonderful gift. This book is a delight to read." ~Scott Hahn, bestselling author of "Angels and Saints"

Read an Excerpt From Arriving at Amen

Read an Excerpt From Arriving at Amen

"Praying for others also helps me remember how expansive, the lives of other people are, full of richness and pain."

Leah Libresco's Patheos Blog: Unequally Yoked

Leah Libresco's Patheos Blog: Unequally Yoked

A self-proclaimed geeky convert picks fights in good faith.

Book Roundtable: Continue the Conversation with our Bloggers

A Geek Guide to God

A Geek Guide to God

Eve Tushnet

I loved this book a lot more than I was expecting to, frankly, so let me tell you why. Here are some of the many great things about Arriving at Amen...

When an Atheist-Turned-Catholic Begins to Pray

When an Atheist-Turned-Catholic Begins to Pray

Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble

With the delightful raw freshness of a recent convert, Leah shares with us as she explores seven common prayer practices, much like a child learns a new language—a very smart child.

The Intelligent Person's Guide to Prayer

The Intelligent Person's Guide to Prayer

Carl McColman

"Arriving at Amen" is clever, quirky, and fresh with insight.

Tradition, Freshly Articulated

Tradition, Freshly Articulated

Rebecca Florence Miller

Rather than adopting the voice of an expert, Libresco lets us see her as a learner -- an approach rare in this day and age.

Accessible Amen

Accessible Amen

Porter Taylor

One does not need to be a Catholic to enjoy the depth of Leah’s reflections. I found this book to be an invitation to deeper awareness and authenticity in prayer, whatever that prayer may be. 

A Modern View of a Rich Heritage of Prayer

A Modern View of a Rich Heritage of Prayer

Wendi Matusic

I particularly appreciated the honesty Libresco displayed in her “failed” attempts at prayer. She allowed herself the flexibility to find what was personally meaningful and accessible. She learned from what didn’t work for her and remained open to finding what would fit.

Finding Grace in her Rational World

Finding Grace in her Rational World

Darwin Catholic

"Amen" means "So be it". It's a word of consent. And so it's fitting that Leah Libresco, who has written so much about the importance of consent.

Shining Glimpses of Mercy

Shining Glimpses of Mercy

Julia Mooney

To communicate her perspective on prayer, Libresco draws on a vast catalog of images and allusions: legendary men who turn into honey, ballroom dance technique, and the use of the sunk cost fallacy.

Arriving at Amen: How an Atheist Blogger Learned to Pray

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