Eventually never comes...
by Andy on April 1, 2007When I purchased "Grace (Eventually)", having never previously read any of Anne Lamott's work, I was hoping to find a non-denominational review of one woman's path to grace, or at least a mini-history of her attempts to arrive at that state. Imagine my surprise when, instead of an uplifting and courageous recital, I read about the past of a drug-using alcoholic whose path of life has been one primarily of self-indulgence to a hedonistic degree. Rather than achieving the goal of the title, the author's series of essays made it plain that she is trying for the state of grace, but that is it. The language was trite and commonplace, the thought patterns meandering and non-poetic, and yet in the entire book I did find twelve thoughts which were moments of grace-filled intelligence. So for about two dollars per inspiration, I'm not sure that I got my money's worth in any sense of the word. Despite its 2007 publication date, many of the essays were previously published in various magazines and showed their shopworn nature in either their orientation or lack of currency to the present-day issues challenging the faith of modern Americans. Bottom line for me would be don't bother buying this book, but if you're really curious go to the local public library to borrow their copy, which is where I will be donating the copy I bought.
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