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A Veritable Message Carried by an Unlikely Messenger

  • Aug 26, 2010
I have almost nothing in common with the Anne Lamott.

George Bush, to me, does not represent the end of civilization as we know it. My three children, my wife and I survived their adolescence. Time passes. With help, I survive, occasionally, even thrive.

Yet, I drew comfort from her book. Reading her well-written, brutally honest narrations of life's daily struggles, I gathered spiritual hope.

Not everyone comes to faith by the high road. The gift of grace is available for each of us regardless of our backgrounds. Anne Lamott's communicates the essence of Christian faith. It is not found in dogma, but rather, grace. By opening our hearts in the midst of confusion and hopelessness, the world becomes a safer and more loving place.

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Few people can write about faith, parenting, and relationships as can the talented, irreverent Anne Lamott. With characteristic black humor, ("Everyone has been having a hard time with life this year; not with all of it, just the waking hours") she updates us on the ongoing mayhem of her life sinceTraveling Mercies, and continues to unfold her spiritual journey.

Plan B finds Lamott wrestling with mid-life hormones and weight gain while parenting Sam, now a teenager with his own set of raging hormones. Her observations cover everything from starting a Sunday school to grief over the death of her beloved dog, Sadie; lamenting the war to bitterness over her relationship with her now-departed mother.

As she tugs and pokes out the knots in a slender gold chain necklace, it becomes a metaphor for letting go and learning to forgive. "…any willingness to let go inevitably comes from pain; and the desire to change changes you, and jiggles the spirit, gets to it somehow, to the deepest, hardest, most ruined parts." It’s her willingness to show us the knotted-up, "ruined parts" of her life that make this collection of sometimes uneven essays so compelling.

"Everything feels crazy," writes Lamott, adding, "But on small patches of earth all over, I can see just as much messy mercy and grace as ever…." Lamott’s essays will serve as reminders to readers of the patches of messy mercy and grace in a chaotic world.--Cindy Crosby

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ISBN-10: 1573222992
ISBN-13: 978-1573222990
Author: Anne Lamott
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover

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