Amen?: Questions for a God I Hope Exists

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Lake Drive Books LLC
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.7 inches | 0.88 pounds

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About the Author
Julia Rocchi writes prose, poetry, prayers, and a lot of thank-you notes. With an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University, she has garnered multiple story publications and honors, including First Place in the Saturday Evening Post's Great American Fiction Contest. Julia also works in nonprofit marketing, facilitates gatherings, and performs improv comedy. As an ENFJ, Enneagram 2, and Cancer sign, she's never met a personality indicator she disagreed with. Julia lives with her family in Arlington, Virginia. Visit to follow her on her blog or on social media.

Julia Rocchi's debut Amen? is an honest and hopeful exploration of faith in the modern world, full of deep questions, heartfelt prayers, and sparkling wit for believers and non-believers alike. Faith is an intensely personal journey, and in Amen?, Julia reminds us that no matter where our own paths take us, we will never walk alone.

Jennie Adams, author and librarian

Julia Rocchi's Amen? is the kind of book that you keep on your nightstand because when you crack it open, you land on the exact prayer, poem, or essay that you need to read in that moment. Brimming with grace, vulnerability, and wonder, Rocchi's offerings are a must-read for people of all faiths.

Michelle Brafman, author of Washing the Dead

Julia Rocchi has written a psalter for the post-modern, exhausted age. She reminds us with her essays, poetry, and prayers that humanity has always brought to God our mixed emotions: our joy, our pain, our uncertainty, our anxiety.

The Rev. Megan L. Castellan, Rector, St. John's Episcopal Church, Ithaca, New York

Amen? is an absolute marvel of a book. Julia Rocchi writes with such grace and tenderness, and she is unafraid to ask hard questions, nor to think big. These pages are beating with heart and bursting with imagination.

Audrey Clare Farley, author of The Unfit Heiress: The Tragic Life and Scandalous Sterilization of Ann Cooper Hewitt

Julia Rocchi writes skillfully in two tempos in this delightful volume. In each chapter, she guides fellow seekers through modern questions of faith, using relaxed and often humorous prose. Then she downshifts to a prayerful pace, serving up rich spiritual morsels. . . . The result is Rocchi's great gift to readers: a God who is eminently approachable.

Gary Gardner, author of The Earth Cries Out: How Faith Communities Meet the Challenges of Sustainability

To people exhausted by hard lines and polar positions, Julia Rocchi's book is a grace-filled invitation into radical rest. What a relief to meet God and to encounter one another as we are: curious, questioning, fragile, and hopeful.

Karen Wright Marsh, Vintage Saints and Sinners: 25 Christians Who Transformed My Faith

Amen? is a poetic, funny, and thought-provoking work for the religious, the spiritual, the non-believers, and everyone in between. Rocchi's beautiful writing and warm humor will make you want to read this book again and again.

Barbara Boehm Miller, author of When You See Her

In the meditative, short, personal essays and in the prayer-poems of Julia Rocchi, things unseen and things hoped for cease to be abstract concepts and evolve into what we can grasp through the senses.

Ed Perlman, poet, essayist, reviewer

For the spiritual, the religious, and those among us who aren't really sure, Amen? speaks about modern day life-about dating and love, about our culture, environment, and work, about our families-bringing the spiritual back down to earth. Readers will come away feeling connected, inspired, and spiritually awakened.

Jennifer Ryan, bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

Amen? is the spiritual journey story I didn't know I needed. With humor, curiosity, and grace, Julia Rocchi reveals the truth about her faith, doubt, and all. This book was a breath of fresh air!

Melissa Scholes Young, author of The Hive and Flood