Book: AMEN?

An encouraging read for fellow seekers, doubters, and questioners who still want to foster an active and deeply felt faith.

All my life, I've searched for both the stillness and community that would connect me with something real and powerful—something like God. But religion, often consumed by its certainties, sometimes fails us. We want to find a new way. Could it be that faith is instead a conversation we carry on in questions?

From a place of searching faith comes Amen? Questions for a God I Hope Exists (Lake Drive Books, 2022), a collection of prayers and essays for practicing penitents and devoted doubters. With fresh imagery and prose to help you pause, this book encourages our hesitant hopes and welcomes us to admit doubt, invite joy, and grapple with mystery. From my story about learning my brother was an atheist to my prayer about envisioning the love of my life, and from my reflection on trying (and failing) to be a social justice warrior to my experience waking up laughing, you’ll see what happens when we stop, listen, and set a table for the questions.

Amen? is an engaging, empathetic rumination of the nature of belief—and its reverberations in the everyday—that offers readers comfort, challenge, and release on their quests to encounter God.

Available everywhere fine books are sold! Learn more at Lake Drive Books.


Book Interviews

Interested in interviewing me about Amen?: Questions for a God I Hope Exists? I'd love to chat with you! Feel free to email me at julia[at]juliarocchi[dot]com to set up a time.

I also invite you to check out my other podcast and media appearances below.

Video Interviews

Interview with David Morris of Lake Drive Books, October 2022

Interview with Brianne Vega, audiobook narrator, October 2022

Midlife Crisis of Faith with Shannon K. Evans
, August 2023

Video: Instagram Live with Marla Taviano, January 2023


Podcast Interviews

"Chasing Goodness" with Matt Kendziera, November 2022

"Good Faith Weekly" with Mitch and Missy Randall, January 2023

"Lady Preacher Podcast" with Pastor Kelsey Beebe, August 2023


"A questioning faith"
David J. Brown's More to Come, March 2023 (guest article)

"What Makes a Poem a Prayer? What Makes a Prayer a Poem?"
Melanie Weldon-Soiset, May 2023 (guest article)

Crossing Into Selma: A White Parishioner's (Ongoing) Path Toward Anti-Racism
The Advocate (Our Lady Queen of Peace Church), Summer 2023 (guest article)

Julia Rocchi to Helm Workshop on Contemplative Collection of Prayers and Essays
Joe Myers for Catholic Philly, September 2023