Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

By | October 30, 2017
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith Author Anne Lamott
ISBN-10 0385496095
ISBN-13 9780385496094
Year 2000-02-15
Pages 275
Language English
Publisher Anchor
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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 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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