Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith (Paperback)

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    Anne Lamott is the author of Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird, and of five novels, includingRosie and Crooked Little Heart. She lives in northern California with her son.
    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. SinceOperating 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. AndTraveling 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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    ISBN 9780385496094
    Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Religious
    Format Paperback
    Pages 275
    Publisher Date 2000-02-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Anchor Books
    Copyright Year 2000
    Height 8.0 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 0.25 in
    Unit weight 0.6 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Some Thoughts on Faith
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Lamott, Anne

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    • One of my favorite Lamott books
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      This is one of my favorite of her books- I just bought this for a friend for her birthday and it's probably the fourth copy I have bought. Funny, kind of bawdy and somewhat raw and gritty at times- don't buy it if you are prissy! But, I find it at times inspiring.

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