Item description for Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott...
Overview The sharp, funny, and heartfelt follow-up to her bestselling Plan B, Anne Lamott's newest collection is a personal exploration of the faith and grace all around us.
In Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith, Lamott examines the ways we're caught in life's most daunting predicaments: love, mothering, work, politics, and maybe toughest of all, evolving from who we are to who we were meant to be. This is a complicated process for most of us, and Lamott turns her wit and honesty inward to describe her own intimate, bumpy, and unconventional road to grace and faith.
"I wish grace and healing were more abracadabra kinds of things," she writes in one of her essays, "that delicate silver bells would ring to announce grace's arrival. But no, it's clog and slog and scootch, on the floor, in silence, in the dark."
Whether she's writing about her unsuccessful efforts to get her money back from an obstinate carpet salesman, grappling with the tectonic shifts in her relationship with her son as he matures, trying to maintain her faith and humor during politically challenging times, or helping a close friend die with dignity, Lamott seeks out both the divinity and the humanity in herself and everything around her. Throughout these essays, she writes of her struggle to find the essence of her faith, which she uncovers in the unlikeliest places. By turns insightful and hilarious, pointed and poignant, Grace (Eventually) is Anne Lamott at her perceptive and irreverent best.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.1" Width: 5" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Mar 20, 2007
Publisher Penguin Group USA
ISBN 1594489424 ISBN13 9781594489426
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More About Anne Lamott
Anne Lamott is the New York Times bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; Stitches; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; Traveling Mercies; Bird by Bird; Operating Instructions, and the forthcoming Hallelujah Anyway. She is also the author of several novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith?
Not what the description made it out to be.... Nov 5, 2008
I bought this in the airport on a long layover and threw it away 4 chapters in. What I thought would be a nice book about how everyone finds their own faith and grace, was sort of about faith, but I couldn't get past her political hatred.....who cares, this was supposed to be about finding grace, not how she hates George Bush. I found it too distracting, definitely not what I thought it would be.
News to me! Oct 7, 2008
I had never even heard of this author, but somehow...on my bookshelf, there sat "Grace Eventually". I started reading it and found that I was able to relate and experience the author's wisdom and life experiences. I have never had a child, and I admire those who have a good relationship with their offspring. The author shares her love for her son, Sam...He's a lucky guy.
The author does something rarely encountered in contemporary non-fiction, she speaks honestly about the Bush administration with a passionate intelligence that keeps the book from being just another feel good read.
I think you'll like her writing regardless of your political beliefs.
New Lamott Fan Sep 27, 2008
Grace, Eventually is my first experience with Ms. Lamott's writing and it will certainly not be the last. Her self deprecating humor struck a chord and has opened up my own writing to a new dimension.
Should be titled "I Hate Bush and Other Thoughts" Sep 25, 2008
For someone who seems to be very perceptive on human relations and seems to have a very close relationship with Jesus, this woman has a disproportionate and illogical hatred of Bush. Perhaps this comes from only having friends that think as she does. When she is writing about her son and her relatives, she is very good but the passages and one-liners about her Bush hatred are hard to get through. I suppose this sort of writing isi a hoot to her Salon readers but it will date the book quickly. When she writes about abortion she is doctrinaire and pedestrian.
Lessons from Sam, Lily, and Others Jul 7, 2008
What's not to like about Anne Lamott's Grace Eventually? A collection of essays in which she describes moments of spiritual clarity and examples of the divine in daily life, the book is a treasure trove of writings about topics ranging from abortion to euthanasia and lots of good stuff in-between. Through Sam, Lily, her mother, her vast and motley crew of friends, and even those whom she casually encounters, Lamott teaches lots of lessons on grace and love.
Some of the writing made me feel sad (Gertrud's sickness), some mad (the carpet guy), some glad (chirren musings) and some scared (shadows scenario). Although she might irritate and even anger some people with her views on George W. Bush, abortion, and global warming, Lamott makes no claim to be a saint, but rather a person who's doing her best to see God in everything and to do her part in making the world a better place. After assisting with a special-ed dance class and learning that one of the dancers said, "I liked those old ladies! They were helpers, and they danced," Lamott decided on the words that she wanted on her gravestone: "that I was a helper, and that I danced."