"New York Times"-bestselling author Anne Lamott writes about the three simple prayers essential to coming through tough times, difficult days and the hardships of daily life. Readers of all ages have followed and cherished Anne Lamott's funny and perceptive writing about her own faith through decades of trial and error. And in her new book, ...
"New York Times"-bestselling author Anne Lamott writes about the three simple prayers essential to coming through tough times, difficult days and the hardships of daily life. Readers of all ages have followed and cherished Anne Lamott's funny and perceptive writing about her own faith through decades of trial and error. And in her new book, "Help, Thanks, Wow," she has coalesced everything she knows about prayer to these fundamentals. It is these three prayers - asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what we have that is good, and feeling awe at the world around us - that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward. In Help, Thanks, Wow, Lamott recounts how she came to these insights, explains what they mean to her and how they have helped, and explores how others have embraced these same ideas. Insightful and honest as only Anne Lamott can be, "Help, Thanks, Wow "is the everyday faith book that new Lamott readers will love and longtime Lamott fans will treasure.
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It's hard to describe something as both "simple and eloquent", but Ms. Lamott has produced yet another book that is both. Her three simple prayers summarize, for this reader anyway, a spiritual relationship that transcends religion, bypasses dogma, and establishes a truly wonderful and wonder-filled relationship with a Higher Power. Without being evangelical (in either the Upper Case or lower case sense), Help, Thanks, Wow offers a way for all of us to reach out for guidance and support from that sometimes elusive Thing That Is Bigger Than Any Of Us. I've bought several copies to give as gifts and I wouldn't be a bit surprised if many of its readers do the same. It will be money well spent.
Publishers Weekly, 2012-10-08 Lamott lovers get an extra treat this year even though the popular writer has already birthed a memoir about grandparenting (Some Assembly Required). Her newest will be a stocking stuffer for fans. It's small and very focused on God, who is clearly brought forward from his (or her) usual background presence in Lamott's writings. Equal parts 12 Step meeting in the church basement and walks on the beach, it's a prayer manual for people who wouldn't be caught dead reading prayer manuals. As such it may surprise, a bit, some of Lamott's most secular readers. But it takes a very familiar voice in a newish direction, and may attract younger readers whose religious preference is more offbeat than orthodox. It reads like it needed longer gestation or one more rewrite to go from casual-casual to casual-polished, but anybody who gets it as a holiday gift will likely just say, "Thanks. Wow." (Nov. 13) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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