Sohrab Ahmari was a teenager living under the Iranian ayatollahs when he decided that there is no God. Nearly two decades later, he would be received into the Roman Catholic Church.
In From Fire, by Water, he recounts this unlikely passage, from the strident Marxism and atheism of a youth misspent on both sides of the Atlantic to a moral and spiritual awakening prompted by the Mass. At once a young intellectual's finely crafted self-portrait and a life story at the intersection of the great ideas and events of our time, the book marks the debut of a compelling new Catholic voice.
About the Author
Sohrab Ahmari is the op-ed editor of the New York Post and a contributing editor of the Catholic Herald. Previously, he served as a columnist and editor with the Wall Street Journal opinion pages in New York and London, and as senior writer at Commentary magazine. His work has also been published in the New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Weekly Standard,First Things, Dissent and America, among many other publications. Ahmari is also the author of The New Philistines: How Identity Politics Disfigure the Arts.
"Sohrab Ahmari is emerging as one of the finest minds and writers of his generation, and the story of his conversion recounted here will stay with the reader for a very long time."— Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, from the Foreword
"[A] striking memoir."— Ross Douthat, The New York Times
"Lives -- indeed, as I believe, eternal destinies -- will be changed by this book. I wish every angry young man who hates God could read this moving, challenging personal confession of a still-young man who has been where they are, and who gained wisdom and release."— Rod Dreher, The American Conservative
"Ahmari writes beautifully, and the story he tells is fascinating. . . . Although Ahmari's context is a different one from [Thomas] Merton's, more than once while reading the book I saw correlations between their autobiographies."— Gregory Hillis, America
"An engaging account of [Ahmari's] journey to faith. . . . extraordinary talents as a writer."— R.R. Reno, First Things
"Buy Sohrab's superb book for its story of personal faith but also its revelations of life under a farcical theocracy.”— Tim Stanley, The Catholic Herald
"[B]rave, honest and often very dramatic . . . a powerful story, powerfully told."—The Tablet
"I thought From Fire, By Water was a story about conversion. But it's far more than that. It's about the journey of civilization and the great problems of our time."— Seth Frantzman, The Jerusalem Post