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"
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.
"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."
"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"
"Praying for others also helps me remember how expansive, the lives of other people are, full of richness and pain."
A self-proclaimed geeky convert picks fights in good faith.
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...
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.
"Arriving at Amen" is clever, quirky, and fresh with insight.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.