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Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith - Anne Lamott
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
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Anne Lamott claims the two best prayers she knows are: "Help me, help me, help me" and "Thank you, thank you, thank you." She has a friend whose morning prayer each day is "Whatever," and whose evening prayer is "Oh, well." Anne thinks of Jesus as "Casper the friendly savior" and describes God as... show more
Anne Lamott claims the two best prayers she knows are: "Help me, help me, help me" and "Thank you, thank you, thank you." She has a friend whose morning prayer each day is "Whatever," and whose evening prayer is "Oh, well." Anne thinks of Jesus as "Casper the friendly savior" and describes God as "one crafty mother."Despite--or because of--her irreverence, faith is a natural subject for Anne Lamott. Since Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird, her fans have been waiting for her to write the book that explained how she came to the big-hearted, grateful, generous faith that she so often alluded to in her two earlier nonfiction books. The people in Anne Lamott's real life are like beloved characters in a favorite series for her readers--her friend Pammy, her son, Sam, and the many funny and wise folks who attend her church are all familiar. And Traveling Mercies is a welcome return to those lives, as well as an introduction to new companions Lamott treats with the same candor, insight, and tenderness. Lamott's faith isn't about easy answers, which is part of what endears her to believers as well as nonbelievers. Against all odds, she came to believe in God and then, even more miraculously, in herself. As she puts it, "My coming to faith did not start with a leap but rather a series of staggers." At once tough, personal, affectionate, wise, and very funny, Traveling Mercies tells in exuberant detail how Anne Lamott learned to shine the light of faith on the darkest part of ordinary life, exposing surprising pockets of meaning and hope.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780385496094 (0385496095)
ASIN: 385496095
Publisher: Anchor
Pages no: 275
Edition language: English
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Ms. Margie
Ms. Margie rated it
Anne Lamott writes so personably. She brings us in close, shares a cup of tea with us, and invites us into her world. And it's a wonderful world to be part of. She writes about her faith journey from start to struggle. She's real, and also filled with faith and joy in her faith. I'm not Christia...
good english
good english rated it
Something in the last book I read (The Magician's Book) spurred me on to Deep Thoughts. I've been mulling over faith a lot. I have tons of books on paganism and texts that compare faiths, but I wanted something chewier. So I dug out my copy of Traveling Mercies, since I remembered Anne Lamott being ...
Myrto
Myrto rated it
5.0 Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
Well, I love Anne Lamott's writing, so I might be biased, but I thought the essays in this book were lovely. I liked reading thoughts on faith from someone with a sense of humor, which Lamott definitely has.
Book Love
Book Love rated it
Sorry to say I didn't enjoy this very much. But then again, I listened to it on audio and found her voice to be annoying. Perhaps if I had 'read' the book, I would've enjoyed it more.
Book Addled
Book Addled rated it
4.0 Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
Wonderfully quirky, funny and poignant musings on all aspects of life and faith.I loved her friend's prayer - "Whatever" in the morning, and "Oh, well" at night.
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