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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Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith Summary & Study Guide

In the face of these tragedies, Lamott is refreshingly silent about questions of theodicy, choosing instead just to be there for people in need. Open Preview See a Problem? That’s the gospel- Jesus has promised to take our burdens on himself and give us rest.

I’ve loved Anne Lamott ever since reading ‘Bird by Bird,’ but this one is–if possible–even more personal and wonderful. But funny, and memorable, especially at times when you find yourself doing it again. Pammy and I were drawn to it like moths. My aunt Pat married a Jew, with a large Jewish family in tow, but they were not really into Moses Jews; they were bagelly Jews. But then when you do, it can radically change everything.

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.

I’m sure better modern writers exist, but I can’t think of any off the top of my head. Sometimes even in the same breath. I don’t think I ever heard that in all the years Graveling spent in Catholic Church as a kid. Her grit, her honesty and wit are all so appealing. Lamott loathed her and looked for reasons to be irritated; doing exactly what all of us do in that position, thinking thoughts traveliny “would make Jesus want to drink gin straight out of the cat dish.


Not just in God’s eyes, which didn’t count–what’s the point if Ed Sullivan was considered just as beautiful as Julie Christie? I liked that she has dreds and has all kinds of funky friends.

Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. Although normally straightforward, she seems to be striving for something here — profundity or a more intellectual tone — that is not coming naturally, resulting in pretentious word choices and tortured metaphors such as the one where God is the donkey in the Pin the Tail game of life. It might be worth a read for znne and seminarians who want to understand the mind of the Sixties generation which is still very much with us.

She spent most of her time from high-school to early thirti This came highly recommended by a Goodreads friend, and I’ve found it just as good as he said. Annie reminds us that the hard stuff is the true stuff, but that it can be told with life-giving humor and grace.

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Lamott is a fine writer who combines theology with humor, compassion, and practicality. But in general, this is religion lite: Also, I got migraines. Travelinf mother was an heiress and an alcoholic who weighed no more than eighty pounds and who had often passed out before breakfast.

No matter how much I enjoy a book, I’m generally fine with returning it to the library. Merciws week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.


Part Two, Church, People, Steeple. She and my aunt Pat had been confirmed as Episcopalians in England–I have their confirmation picture on my mantel, two dark-haired beauties of twelve or so in long white baptismal-style dresses.

While Miller’s writing style is very accessible, I feel like Lamott is very unorganized, jumping quite randomly from one story to another. Pammy would step over her mother on the way out the door and arrive at Shelly’s house just as I did.

Mar 19, Minutes Pre-Order. Ignorant people believed, uncouth people believed, and we were heavily couth. She embraces the grey shades of complexity that invariably lie between the black and white of popular culture and christianity. Grace is the light or electricity or juice or breeze that takes you from that isolated place and puts you with others who are as startled and embarrassed and eventually grateful as you are to be there.

Follow Us on Facebook. Lamott tells of her coming to faith, and of her ongoing struggles with faith, in this memoir. Since Operating Instructions and Bird by Birdher 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.

My mother nursed him discreetly, while the Catholic mother wore each new baby on her breasts like a brooch.