A Dominican Friar Found My Book “Pious, Intellectually Robust, and Personal”


Last week I had a Jesuit reviewer for my book, and now I'm delighted to add a Dominican.  Br. Patrick Mary Briscoe, O.P. has written about my book for Dominicana, and here's what he had to say: The great strength of her presentation is that Libresco manages to show how our philosophical and theological prejudices show up in our prayer life. Few considerations could be more profoundly Christian. What we think about the world matters, and it matters most intimately in our personal life with God. … [Read more...]

The Undiversity of Clinical Trials and Anti-Islam Groups


Here's what I've been covering in the world of data at FiveThirtyEight this week:  A Few People Lead Many Of The Anti-Muslim Groups In The U.S. [T]he simple count of anti-Islam groups can be deceptive. Growth in anti-Muslim groups seems to be driven as much by a few key leaders founding multiple organizations as by new people forming independent groups....Geller and Spencer are, between the two of them, the leaders of 17 percent (four of 24) of all the anti-Muslim groups that … [Read more...]

The People Who Made My Book Exist [Radio Readings]

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You can listen to “Fights in Good Faith,” my weekly radio program, streamed Saturday at 5pm ET and tomorrow (Sun) at 1pm.  And it’s now available to download and stream.Every week, I put up a “Radio Readings” post, so you can track down the books, articles, and (this week) productivity tools that I cite on the show. So, without further ado, here’s what I’m talking about this week.Arriving at AcknowledgementsMy first book, Arriving At Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers that Even I Can Offer … [Read more...]

7QT: Strange Shakespeare and Hallucinogenic Honey


--- 1 --- We already had roses and a cat in contention, but I think Pedro may win for best picture with my new book, Arriving At Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer so far.  He took this at a Brazilian Congressional hearing that he was speaking at.I'd love to see more action shots from readers -- if you don't have access to a Congress for photoshoots, why not conquer Luxembourg or something, to get a better backdrop.Or come to one of my upcoming book talks in DC, NYC, … [Read more...]

Watch EWTN News Nightly Tonight to See Me and My Book


I'm headed over to EWTN's DC studios this afternoon to tape a short segment on Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers that Even I Can Offer and you can watch it tonight on EWTN News Nightly at 6p ET or when it's replayed at 9p ET.And, in the meantime, here's an excerpt of one of the early reviews on Amazon: I love conversion stories and Leah's is no exception. Her book explores her journey from Javert-inspired Stoicism to a grace-seeking Catholic through seven types of prayers. Her story … [Read more...]

Arriving at Amen Arrives Today!

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I tried to stay up to watch the order button for kindle go live at midnight last night, until I realized that Amazon is located in Seattle and might be timing its midnight accordingly.But, lo, today is finally launch day, and the book is available to order.  A few copies shipped early, so, once yours arrives, you have these photos from readers to top:I'm excited for the book to wind up in your hands because writing this book has been an opportunity for me to share so many moments of b … [Read more...]

Here’s what a Jesuit Priest has to say about my book!

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Tomorrow's the official debut date of Arriving At Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers that Even I Can Offer, my book on learning prayer as a foreign language, relying on secular analogies and sources of  beauty to make sense of Catholic spirituality.  And the first published review is already out!Fr. David C. Paternostro, SJ took a look at my book for Homiletic and Pastoral Review, a magazine for the clergy and other ministerial workers.  Here's what Fr. Paternostro had to say: The devotions that L … [Read more...]