Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer

Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer

by Leah Libresco, Mark P. Shea

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594715884
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 758,398
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

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 the American 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.


Mark Shea is a popular Catholic author, blogger, and speaker, whose works include Mary, Mother of the Son; The Work of Mercy: Being the Hands and Heart of Christ; and Making Sense Out of Scripture: Reading the Bible as the First Christians Did.

Table of Contents

Foreword Mark P. Shea ix

Introduction: Chasing Truth as Javert Does xv

1 Petition 1

2 Confession 19

3 Examen 39

4 Rosary 55

5 Divine Office 77

6 Lectio Divina 93

7 Mass 113

Conclusion: Trusting Christ as Peter Does 131

Reader's Guide 147

Notes 155

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