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Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith [Paperback]

By Anne Lamott (Author)
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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 one's daily life. Reprint. 125,000 first printing.

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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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Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Commonweal - 06/15/2001 page 24
  • New York Times - 02/06/2000 page 28
  • Entertainment Weekly - 03/10/2000 page 65

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Anchor
Pages   275
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.15" Width: 5.22" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 15, 2000
Publisher   Anchor
ISBN  0385496095  
ISBN13  9780385496094  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Anne Lamottis theNew York Timesbestselling author ofHelp, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; Stitches;Some Assembly Required;Grace (Eventually);Plan B;Traveling Mercies; Bird by Bird;Operating Instructions, and the forthcomingHallelujah Anyway. She is also the author of several novels, includingImperfect BirdsandRosie. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California."

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Travelling Mercies  Mar 16, 2007
Ann Lamott brings her own special sense of humor and unflagging honesty to this wonderful look at her journey toward faith. A must read.
Traveling Mercies  Feb 20, 2007
As LaMott keeps writing, she just gets better and better and this is one of her best book. He whole life has been a journey from tournament tennis player (see Crooked Little Heart) to sex, drugs, and alcoholism (see Hard Laughter) to single parenthood (see Operating Instructions) to grace and forgiveness in a spiritual community. She shares her hard learned and irreverent wisdom with us in Traveling Mercies and (and Plan B). The humanity of this book will make you cry and then laugh because you have found a kindred spirit.
A treasure  Jan 9, 2007
Anne Lamott is a national treasure, and her writings indicate an embrace of life as it is truly lived--complete with all the twists and turns it takes some of us to grasp that we are truly loved by God.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.  Nov 14, 2006
These are the last three sentences of the book, "Traveling Mercies" by Anne Lemott. And they sum up this collection of stories beautifully. This is a book about faith and a book about gratitude. It is intelligent, thought provoking, funny and highly readable. Anne Lemott, Annie--as it appears her friends call her--lets us into her world and shares a very personal and poignant path of a unique and awkward girl taking off her "glasses of puberty" and coming of age. She lays everything bare, from her feelings about her bushy hair and alien eyes, her drug and alcohol additions, to her love for her father and dealing not only with his death, but also with the death of her best friend. We enter the world of a single mother, a struggling and ultimately successful writer, and all her feelings of self-doubt. She seems to have a third eye when it comes to seeing those around her, and through her observations and writing, we too can appreciate people and situations to a greater degree.

Writes Lamott of a sick woman from her church in a story named Ashes: "It must have been too annoying for everyone to be trying to manipulate her into being a better sport than she was capable of being. I always thought that was heroic of her, that it spoke of such integrity to refuse to pretend that you're doing well just to help other people deal with the fact that sometimes we face an impossible loss."

The underlying theme throughout each brutally honest passage is the message of her faith in God and how she came to discover this faith. She LEARNS to pray and uses prayer to get her over the large and the small humps. One can't help but come to love this child of God, and everyone in her life.

From the author of "A Line Between Friends," and "The Things I Wish I'd Said," McKenna Publishing Group.
Mercy, Grace, Candor and Poignancy  Nov 6, 2006
When she is not traveling on book tours, or out of town doing public speaking or teaching writer's workshops, Anne Lamott can be found in her native Marin County, California, usually hanging out with her son Sam, who is a little boy in this book. Anne is a single mom, and never was married to Sam's dad, who is one in a succession of lovers she has had in her quest to fill the gap left by her now deceased Dad, whom she loved as much as sunshine, air, and life itself.

Anne embodies a unique blend of sorrowful sensitivity, sharp observation, unashamed candor, unmarred eloquence, and spiritual sweetness and vulnerability. Her humor delights and astonishes, as does her wisdom, often expressed in brief epigrams worth becoming the armataure around which you just might restructure aspects of your life. I love the woman and trust her because above all, she is unafraid to be real.

However, this fearlessness did not come naturally or easily. Anne has had a messy life. In Traveling Mercies she pulls the bandages off her wounds that we might see. In her "Overture," titled "Lily Pads," she retraces her fragile journey into the arms of God, telling us how she was dragged kicking, screaming and crawling, into the Kingdom by pierced hands, and how her wounds are now healing. What follows is twenty-four chapters divided into seven sections: Mountain, Valley, Sky; Church, People, Steeple; Tribe; Kids, Some Sick; Body and Soul; "Fambly"; Shore and Ground. She reveals glimpses, sparks, glimmers of God's glory in the mundane relationships and neurotic struggles of her life, teaching us about forgiveness, grace, and hope. Never preachy, she is always vigilant to preserve life's mixed quality, light in the midst of darkness, hope in the midst of despair, joy, wet with tears of sorrow. You won't find a plastic Jesus on the dashboard of her car, or anywhere in this book.

Lamott's candor, humor, faith and groundedness are everywhere apparent, as in this quotation: "God: I wish you could have some permanence, a guarantee or two, the unconditional love we all long for. 'It would be such skin off your nose?' I demand of God. I never get an answer. But in the meantime I have learned that most of the time, all you have is the moment, and the imperfect love of people" (168).

The book is aptly titled. She is sharing with us the some of the mercies she's found traveling the bumpy, potholed pathways of life in the raw. If you are looking for pat answers, look elsewhere. But if you're in need of mercy and a little light in the midst of your own darkness, find it here.

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