Traveling Mercies

Traveling Mercies

Some Thoughts on Faith

Paperback - 2000
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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.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2000, c1999.
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed.
ISBN: 9780385496094
Characteristics: x, 275 p. ; 21 cm.


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Mar 09, 2019

From Alex

Oct 16, 2017

Anne Lamott is candid and irreverent, funny and inspiring, as she describes her unlikely journey to faith in God.

Dec 03, 2014

Whatever your religious proclivities, or lack thereof, Lamott is always refreshing, creative, and surprising with her irreverent humor.

Sep 16, 2013

Love love love Lamott, as always. Her memoir writing can't be beat. Looking forward to Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith, and also Help, Thanks, Wow (have already thoroughly enjoyed Bird By Bird and Operating Instructions). Funny, wise, humble, self-aware, and above all, human. Really enjoyable read.

Mar 24, 2011

Not your standard Christian writer. Some laugh out loud parts, give your head a shake parts, deeply moving parts.


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