Arriving at Amen

Arriving at Amen

Leah Libresco Mark P. Shea / Oct 19, 2019

Arriving at Amen As a Yale graduate Leah Libresco launched her writing career by blogging about science literature mathematics and morality from a distinctively secular perspective Over time encounters with frien

  • Title: Arriving at Amen
  • Author: Leah Libresco Mark P. Shea
  • ISBN: 9781594715877
  • Page: 417
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  • As a Yale graduate, Leah 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.

    Arriving at Amen Seven Catholic Prayers that Even I Can Offer A former atheist makes sense of Catholicism and learns to pray by relying on the rosary and the rumba, avoiding sin and the sunk cost fallacy, and finding communion along cartesian coordinates. Arriving at Amen Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Arriving at Amen Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer Leah Libresco on FREE shipping on qualifying offers In , media outlets from CNN to EWTN announced that Leah Libresco, a gifted young intellectual, columnist Arriving at Amen Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Arriving at Amen is a delightfully refreshing read that will help any Catholic see the Faith through new eyes Jennifer Fulwiler Author of Something Other Than God A new perspective on faith Arriving at Amen is weird and winsome a thoughtful and humble exploration of Catholic practice and prayer This book will give you a new Arriving at Amen by Leah Libresco Sargeant First Things Leah Libresco, author of Arriving at Amen, discusses her book and explains how Zeno s paradox, Narnia, and people mummified in honey helped her understand prayer Access to this First Things content is free, but we encourage you to support our event and media work with a Arriving at Amen by Leah Libresco Arriving at Amen has ratings and reviews Jeff said One book I have been meaning to get to is Arriving at Amen Seven Catholic Prayers That Even Review Arriving at Amen Dominicana When God answers their prayers, they spill over with grace and light, filled by something potent than they could have thought to ask for They are the great stone reservoirs, which, previously filled with water, now brim with potent wine Leah Libresco, Arriving at Amen. Arriving at Amen Aquinas and More 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 Leah Libresco is a blogger for Patheos who also works as a statistician in Washington, DC She is a graduate of Yale University, where she earned a bachelor s degree in Arriving at Amen ebook by Leah Libresco Rakuten Kobo Read Arriving at Amen Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer by Leah Libresco with Rakuten Kobo In , media outlets from CNN to EWTN announced that Leah Libresco, a gifted young intellectual, columnist, and prolif Arriving at Amen The quiet, secluded grace of confession On her Patheos blog, Unequally Yoked, and in a new book, Arriving at Amen Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer, Libresco explains her journey through seven forms of classic Catholic

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      • Leah Libresco Mark P. Shea

        I grew up as an atheist on Long Island When I went to college, I picked fights with the most interesting wrong people I could find which turned out to be the campus Catholics.After reading an awful lot of books, years of late night debates the kinds that tended to include sentences like Ok, imagine for the moment that God is a cylinder , and a fair amount of blogging, I was surprised but pleased to find out that I d been wrong about religion, generally, and Catholicism in particular, and I was received into the Catholic Church in the winter of 2012.My first book, Arriving at Amen is coming out in May 2015 It s a tour through seven Catholic prayer practices, all of which as a convert I had to pick up as I would a second language so I cobbled together a creole out of my first languages and loves math, musicals, and medical oddities in order to find a way into spiritual life.Nowadays, I live in Washington DC, where I m a statistician by day, and I blog about religion, philosophy and as many theatre reviews as I can get away with for Patheos at Unequally Yoked A Geeky Convert Picks Fights in Good Faith.


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    1. One book I have been meaning to get to is Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer by Leah Libresco since I was sure it would be interesting. So finally got around to buying it and totally enjoyed the whole book. Just stunningly good.For those unaware of Leah Libresco, she was previously an atheist blogger at Patheos. Her blog “Unequally Yoked” originally had the tagline “a geeky atheist picks fights with her Catholic boyfriend." In June of 2012 she posted about her d [...]


    2. This is a five star book. But I confess that I've struggled for some days to find the words to make a proper review, and even now I'm not sure if I got it. I don't know personally Ms. Libresco and odds are I'll never will but I've been following her blog since 2012, when she announced her conversion. Three years later the book Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer is much better than I thought it would be. Ms. Libresco's blog is wonderful but the book shows us a spiritua [...]


    3. I was provided with an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.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 and reflections are often accompanied by "This reminds me of" and a creative example I have never heard deployed as a metaphor for prayer: Ballroom dancing! Mellified men! Pottery technique! I also personally liked the shout out to Ca [...]


    4. "When religious converts write books soon after their conversions, they often write apologetics or narrative spiritual autobiography—giving their reasons, intellectual or personal. But in Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer, Leah Libresco has produced a very different kind of book: an account of seven prayers that structure her prayer life, and a portrait of someone diving headfirst into the pursuit of holiness."'In a higher world it is otherwise,' wrote Cardinal New [...]


    5. There are seven chapters in this book, each chapter dealing with a different type of prayer. As I was writing this review, I realized that it became a review and reflection all in one. I hope you all don’t mind. :-)Chapter 1 is “Petition.” Leah Libresco begins this chapter noting that “petition may be the most common type of prayer.” In prayers of petition we ask God for the things we need. Prayers of petition help us to pray for others which in turn brings our attention to God Himself [...]


    6. Full Disclosure: I do not know the author and I paid for this book with my own hard-earned* money. I am familiar with Ms. Libresco and her writing style, having been a fairly regular reader of her blog since before her conversion, so I had some idea what to expect before reading. This is not a conversion story per se, although that subject is covered, but more of an examination of Catholic prayer practices from the perspective of a new convert with no religious experience and an extremely analyt [...]


    7. Leah Libresco's first book, Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer, is a quirky and brainy mix of popular culture, literature, philosophy, and Church doctrine, that’s both enjoyable to read and a challenge to live out one’s Catholic faith more fully and intentionally.Read more of my review here:readingcatholic/young-auth


    8. I liked it. I would not describe this as a conversion story. That's selling it too short. Conversion stories are more like memoirs: chronological, systematic, almost novelistic in their foreshadowing and storytelling. This book is defined by its intellectual heft and raw honesty. I am a fairly intellectual person, but my tendency to understand by concrete analogy, find role models in literature, and meta-cognitively examine my spiritual life are child's play compared to Libresco's baby steps tow [...]


    9. A refreshingly realistic, smart, and funny take on how prayer can enhance your life. Rather than the usual conversion story, Leah Libresco tells the story of what happened after she decided to believe in God. She presents faith as a learning process without resorting to sappy aphorisms. I loved all the references to pop culture and science. Rather than pearl-clutching about The Culture, Libresco connects her wonder at and enjoyment of the world with its Creator.


    10. In the book, Leah mentions how acquired languages can shed light on shared meanings by forcing you to really think about the roots and shades of communication tied into words. Reading this book is also kind of like that.


    11. This book is brilliant. I first came across Leah Libresco years ago when she was a big Atheist blogger; she has since converted to Catholicism. This book isn't about her conversion per se though. It is about how, as a new Catholic, she found herself in a real way "in over her head" with all the prayer traditions - or rather, she would have been, if she hadn't had the foresight and maturity to really understand that, as St. Augustine once wrote, "Grace builds on nature." Far from using what some [...]


    12. Methodical, rich with analogies and metaphors, but a little too distant and dry to me. I'm guessing, as someone from a more evangelical background, that high Catholicism is just not my thing. Writers like Rachel Held Evans and Nadia Bolz-Weber romanticize the sacraments; Libresco makes them feel more like processes, or tools, with steps and equations and variables. I was fond of a couple of her analogies - her discussion of apophatic theology was especially helpful - but I was never particularly [...]


    13. While I disagree with many of the doctrines discussed in this book (hence, why I am not Catholic), I found Libresco's insights on faith, and, in particular, prayer, to be helpful and refreshing. She gave me a good number of practical tools and ideas to incorporate into my own prayer life, and for that, I'm grateful.


    14. Leah Libresco is a gem of a writer that merits a place in the company of our greatest contemporary Catholic authors. Arriving at Amen does not pretend to offer any provocative or new theological insight. Instead, it is a vulnerable and deep look into the heart of her prayer life, a terrifying feat that would humble even the meekest of us. She presents over the course of seven chapters her quirky, charming, and ultimately brilliant solutions to overcoming barriers to authentic prayer: fear, pride [...]


    15. If you want to know a convert, know the sinner who came first. St. Peter: rock of faith because perpetual questioner. Leah Libresco: humble servant because stubborn Stoic.Leah's chapter on the Liturgy of the Hours features a subheading that reads "Freedom through Limitation." It might as well be the subtitle of the entire book. Organized as a discussion of different forms of prayer, this is primarily the story of ethical awakening through faith.It has been said that St. Augustine's conversion wa [...]


    16. I have always found conversion stories to be fascinating, but an atheist converting to Catholicism is the most interesting story of them all. I am especially attracted to the intellectual thought process laid out by Libresco in Arriving at Amen. Libresco takes the reader from Javert in Les Miserables to Peter, the rock on which the church is built. The author starts with treating faith and proof of God like a mathematical proof and ends with the beauty of the Eucharist. Arriving at Amen is orga [...]


    17. Leah Libresco is an atheist turned Catholic--and she is a better Catholic than I am, or ever could be. In Arriving at Amen, she goes into seven methods of prayer that have helped her along her Catholic journey: petitionary prayer, confession, the examen, the rosary, divine office (or the Liturgy of the Hours), lectio divina, and the Mass.I found Leah’s journey by turns interesting, fascinating, and comforting, yet also a bit annoying and unapproachable for the casual layman or believer. Throug [...]


    18. I came to this book as a sporadic reader of the author's Unequally Yoked blog. What I'd read there pointed toward a very analytical, intellectual style, which I expected would make for dry reading. How pleasantly wrong I turned out to be! Libresco has the same facility as G.K. Chesterton for turning a theological issue "on its head" and finding a unique angle from which to approach it. Considering the Rosary as it relates to ballroom dancing, or Confession in light of the Japanese art of kintsug [...]


    19. Thoughtful, articulately written and very dense. The author is a mathematician and approached questions of morality using a mathematician's love of precision and logic. It takes some getting used to. The truth is that I am not familiar with Catholicism to this degree, and it would be very helpful if I had been, if only to better grasp the vocabulary here. Arriving at Amen is the kind of book I will have to read several more times before I'm able to fully understand the author's spiritual trajec [...]


    20. A convert from atheism describes her encounter with grace and the practice of prayer.In the introduction, Leah Libresco tells the story of her conversion from atheism to Catholicism, which she arrived at after deciding that morality exists outside of herself.But the book is mainly about prayer. Chapter by chapter, the author describes how she came to terms with seven different types of Catholic prayer and devotional practice (which, as a former atheist, she had no experience of prior to her conv [...]


    21. This is a great book for anyone who has a curiosity about prayer - the how, the why, and all that jazz. Leah made the transition from atheist to Catholic a year before I did and I used her journey as a lamp for my own. Written in a scholarly style, she focuses on the discomfort she had coming from a church-free background into the overwhelming and sometimes confusing liturgy of the Catholic faith. For those who have a scientific background, who weren't' raised in a church, or who just have a cur [...]


    22. I can see someone loving this book. Some of her analogies are pretty interesting. I went a long while between starting and finishing so I may not remember everything accurately, but I seem to recall never feeling like the book had a clear goal or thesis or story or anything like that. It read to me like Leah Libresco's Thoughts on Catholicism Before and Especially After Her Conversion, which is fine. I do think many readers would want a little more structure, a clearer purpose, something that re [...]


    23. Leah Libresco's brain is a delight to see in action, as she spins a dazzling web of faith out of math, musicals, computer programming, and ASL, all of it coalescing in robust practical advice for your prayer life.


    24. Great insight into Catholicism for me (a Protestant) and a great reminder, not just of the supernatural power of prayer, but also of the more 'mundane' impact that a regular prayer life can have on us. I hope Leah writes many more books; I will read them all.




    25. Excellent. Leah's writing is personal, insightful, and intelligent. Her honesty and enthusiasm brings the reader with her on every page.


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