Arriving at Amen
Leah Libresco;Mark P. Shea;
, Mark P. Shea, Froeword
Number of pages: 192
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 by 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) connects 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.
Leah Libresco is a blogger for Patheos who also works as a statistician in Washington, DC. She is a 2011 graduate of Yale University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.
In 2012, Libresco was featured on media outlets ranging from CNN to EWTN when she announced on her blog, Unequally Yoked, that she was converting from atheism to Catholicism.
Libresco, a Mineola, New York, native, previously worked as an editorial assistant at theAmerican Conservative. She also has served as a curriculum developer, research associate, and research analyst. She has appeared on CNN’s American Morning, and CNN Newsroom, as well as National Public Radio, The Drew Mariani Show, Unbelievable with Justin Brierley, WOR’s In the Arena, and A Closer Look with Sheila Liaugminas. She has also contributed to The American Conservative, First Things, and The American Interest.