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Traveling Mercies Some Thoughts on Faith (Paperback)

Author:  Anne Lamott
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0385496095
ISBN-13: 9780385496094
Sku: 30547845
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 0.25T
Pages:  288
Age Range:  NA
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My coming to faith did not start with a leap, rather a series of staggers from what seemed like one safe place to another. (from the first line)
Combining elements of spiritual study and memoir, the author of Bird by Bird and Crooked Little Heart describes her odyssey of faith, drawing on her own sometimes troubled past to explore the many ways in which faith sustains and guides ones daily life. Reprint. 125,000 first printing. *Author: Lamott, Anne *Subtitle: Some Thoughts on Faith *Publication Date: 2000/02/01 *Number of Pages: 275 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.25 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.00
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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.
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Lamott collects her heartfelt columns from the online magazine Salon, which deal mainly with her religious faith, her recovery from drug and alcohol abuse, and her son, Sam.
Author Bio
Anne Lamott
Anne Lamott's father was a writer. Her first novel, HARD LAUGHTER, published when she was only 23, is about her father's brain tumor and the surgery from which he died. A recovering alcoholic, Lamott lived in relative poverty until the publication of her fifth book, OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS--the story of her son's early years and her struggles as a single mother. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and taught at numerous writing conferences. She has also written a popular column for the on-line magazine Salon.

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Entertainment Weekly
"[T]hese reflections on faith range from the touching to the vaguely embarrassing....Much of Lamott's writing is delightful, but TRAVELING MERCIES contains earthly intimacies that aren't just spiritually inconsequential, they're pedestrian." - Margot Mifflin 03/12/1999

San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"Hilarious and genuinely moving, it is her best book yet." - Caitlin Flanagan 02/07/1999

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Product attributePublisher:   Anchor Books
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