Arriving at Amen: Lessons in Prayer from an Atheist Convert, featuring Leah Libresco

Event details

  • Thursday | February 11, 2016
  • 6:00 pm
  • Portsmouth Abbey Monastery, 285 Cory's Lane, Portsmouth, RI 02871
  • 401.643.1255



Leah Libresco, a popular atheist blogger whose conversion to Catholicism became a topic of national conversation, will speak to the public at Portsmouth Abbey on learning how to pray (badly). Author of the new book, Arriving at Amen, Leah will explain how Zeno’s paradox, Narnia, and people mummified in honey helped her understand prayer.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited: RSVP by February 9th by using the form below, or call 401.643.1255.

51H4IMn2GOL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_From the publisher: 
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.




BC_LeahLibresco_bioLeah Libresco is a blogger for Patheos and a news writer for FiveThirtyEight. She is a 2011 graduate of Yale University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. She lives in Washington, DC.

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.