Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith. Anne Lamott, Author, Anne Lamott, Read by Random House Audio Publishing Group $25 (0p) ISBN. Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith. Anne Lamott, Author Pantheon Books $23 (p) ISBN EXCERPT. Traveling Mercies Some Thoughts on Faith. By ANNE LAMOTT Pantheon. My coming to faith did not start with a leap but rather a series of staggers.

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It is humourous and dear, ripe with blasphemy and deep spirituality all at once, which is just how i like it. I adored her descriptions of her friends as unrelentingly beautiful.

An anguishing account that also heals. View a FREE sample. Indeed, I think I keep learning from it. Lee, the Christian Science mother, smoothed my hair with her grandmother’s boar-bristle brush, instead of tearing at it with a comb. Jun 18, Heather rated it it was amazing.

Return to Book Page. So in reading this book I remember my past and can bring it into the present and future, and pass my own wisdom for life to others so that they too can tarveling life. When my parents’ friends came over on the weekends and everyone had a lot to drink, my mother played piano and everyone sang: It is a small, interracial community which lovingly incorporates pariah elements. Once, at a pizza joint, a stranger had included me in a collective reference to the Catholic children, and you would have thought from the parents’ outrage that he had included a chimpanzee.


Want to Read saving…. Sometimes even in the same breath. But yet, I did not look forward to picking this up and found myself reading it just to get it over with.


Now, I had skipped a grade, so I was a year younger than everyone else in my class, and at nine and ten and eleven was knee-knocking thin, with sharp wings for shoulder blades and wiry blonde hair that I wore short. That’s the gospel- Jesus has promised to take our burdens on himself and give us rest.

I think that everyone can identify with at least one of her struggles, which range from alcoholism to the shape of her thighs. It’s a well-meaning people-centeredness, but that doesn’t make Lamott’s spiritual outlook one I would want someone else to adopt. Same age, hair-do, style of scarf, lipstick type. You sent money to the Red Cross, you registered people to vote, you marched in rallies, stood in vigils, picked up litter.

Lamott herself, is a consistent delight. Pamott Lamott is a person who has lived a lot of life and managed to come through the other side. Read more from the Study Guide. Annie reminds us that the hard stuff is the true stuff, but that it can be told with life-giving humor and grace. Jan 12, Ije the Devourer of Books rated it really liked it.

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Some Thoughts on Faith Study Guide. So this one’s back on the shelf, unfinished at this point. Here are the two best prayers I know: In general, I found the writing to be, for Lamott, uncharacteristically overwrought.

We lived in this marvelous castle, but things were not going well inside its stone walls.

This study guide contains the following lwmott About Traveling Mercies From the bestselling author of Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird comes a chronicle of faith and spirituality that is at once tough, personal, affectionate, wise and very funny.

And this is how it is supposed to be and this is what Anne Lamott has done here.

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My Catholic friend and I ann to spend hours sitting on the couch with the latest Sears catalog spread across our knees, pretending that we got whatever was on our side of the page. I really really like Anne Lamott’s writing. Looking for More Great Reads?


It means shark in Spanish, and there are small sharks in these parts. In a narrative spiced with stories and scripture, with diatribes, laughter, and tears, Lamott tells how, against all odds, she came to believe in God and then, even more miraculously, in herself.

My best friend from second grade on was named Shelly. She trvaeling kids in reading while other grown-ups worked with them in sports.

Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

Many of the stories and the related “morals” resonated with me and the author presents them in a very palatable form which is surprising to me given the strong christian current running throughout the book. She seems to get bits and pieces of that truth but she’s still utterly crushed under the weight of her own self-importance.

I read it in 3 days, in giant leather chairs with strong coffee and during thunderstorms, on my couch with tea, and it was therapy.

His death leaves a giant hole in her life and it is some twenty years before she admits she is a person without a dad and it is not going to change. A great writer, whether you like the terrain or not. Apr 16, Mikejencostanzo rated it it was ok Shelves: My two greatest takeaways are: