In a narrative sparkling with stories and scripture, the author of "Bird by Bird" and "Crooked Little Heart" tells how, against all odds, she came to believe in God and then, even more miraculously, in herself.In a narrative sparkling with stories and scripture, the author of "Bird by Bird" and "Crooked Little Heart" tells how, against all odds, she came to believe in God and then, even more miraculously, in herself.Read Less
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Anne Lamott is so open and funny and she is disarming. This book makes you think and appreciate. I have recommended it to numerous friends and I have given it as gifts to all of my children. It is refreshing. I love it. And I use her prayers all of the time. My favorite is "Thank you, thank you, thank you." She may change the way you think about religion. But she will make you laugh out loud and she will astonish you.
Jun 9, 2011
This isn't a review of the book, because I never got the book! I paid for the book. I let it be known that I have not received the book. But alas, no response. And no book. I am disappointed and dissatisfied.
Apr 9, 2009
Real life faith
This is a powerful book, full of the thoughts and experiences of one who seeks God.
May 8, 2008
A fairly quick read, this memoir traces the author's spiritual journey. Though she grew up in a non-religious family, she was heavily influenced by the faiths of her friends and neighbors.
Her struggles with addiction and single motherhood are also detailed here, but each story serves to illuminate some truth about faith or spirituality that she has learned.
While this is not a strictly Christian text, it does raise many good points about the actual practice of religion and worship in the Christian church today. Her emphasis is on the power of God to change lives and the power of community to provide unconditional love.
May 17, 2007
Anne Lamott is an outrageous and wonderful writer. She wrote about her experiences, many of them sad and difficult (in other words ,real), and her reaction to them in ways that were both inspiriational and uplifting to me.
I have passed this book on to a dear friend and will give it as gifts to others, if they are fortunate!
Publishers Weekly, 1999-02-01 Lamott (Bird by Bird) reads a collection of her autobiographical essays, each a heart-wrenching detailing of a life grown up in a world of obsessions: food, alcohol, drugs and relationships. She tells of her childhood and early adulthood in Tiburon, Calif., where she started drinking and drugging young in a permissive 1960s-era disheveled household. The title essay, "Traveling Mercies," dwells on things "broken," such as her body, when she became a bulimic. Lamott's writing is honest and direct, and in her reading she presents her words with emotional insistence. She recalls episodes from her life with vivid ferocity, noticing how "everything felt so intense and coiled and Möbius strip-like." As she has a son, sobers up, her search for awareness turns spiritual. The sum effect comes across like a hipper version of Melody Beattie's self-help classic, Codependent No More. Simultaneous release with the Pantheon hardcover. (Feb.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-12-07 A key moment in the step-by-step spiritual awakening of the author came to her as a freshman in college when an impassioned professor taught her Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling. Raised by her bohemian California family to believe only in "books and music and nature," Lamott (Bird by Bird; Operating Instructions) was enthralled by the Danish philosopher's rendition of the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac. Abraham, Lamott learned, so trusted in God's love that he was willing to follow the order to sacrifice his own son. This story pierced Lamott and she "crossed over. I don't know how else to put it or how and why I actively made, if not exactly a leap of faith, a lurch of faith.... I left class believingæacceptingæthat there was a God." Nonetheless, it would take the heartbreak of her father's death and more than a dozen years of escalating drug and alcohol addiction to bring Lamott to fully embrace Christianity. In a short autobiography and 24 vignettes that appeared in earlier versions in the online magazine Salon, Lamott blends raw emotional honesty with self-mocking goofiness to show how the faith she has cultivated at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in the poor community of Marin City, Calif., translates into her everyday life and friendships, especially into her relationship with her young son, Sam. Although Lamott's clever style sometimes feels too calculated, the best bits here memorably convey the peace that can descend when a sensitive, modern woman accepts the love of God with her own brand of fear and trembling. First serial to Mirabella; author tour. Agent, Chuck Verrill. (Feb.)
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