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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Lzmott Mercies by Anne Lamott. A chronicle of faith and spirituality that is at once tough, personal, affectionate, wise and very funny. 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.
With an exuberant mix of passion, insight, and humor, Anne Lamott takes us on a journey A chronicle of faith and spirituality that is at once tough, personal, affectionate, wise and very funny. With an exuberant mix of passion, insight, travfling humor, Anne Lamott takes us on a journey merices her often troubled past to illuminate her devout but quirky walk of faith.
In a narrative spiced ttraveling 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. She shows us the myriad ways in which this sustains and guides her, shining the light of faith on the darkest part of ordinary life and exposing surprising pockets of meaning and hope.
Whether writing about her family or her dreadlocks, sick children or old friends, the most religious women of her church of the men she’s dated, Merxies reveals the hard-won wisdom gathered along her path to connectedness and liberation. Paperbackpages. Published February 15th by Anchor first published January 19th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Traveling Merciesplease sign up. Carol yes, Trqveling would categorize it as autobiographical and spiritual. See 2 questions about Traveling Mercies…. Lists with This Book. Sep 15, Aileen rated it it was amazing. I bought this book the day before Lamoott had a late-night conversation with life-time friends about religion, and heritage, rational thought vs “faith,” and personal responsibility.
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
I learned a lot from that conversation. Indeed, Lamptt think I keep learning from it. Perhaps reading this book prolonged those lessions. At the very least, it kept alive in my own mind the debate. Can a rational, free-thinking, independent person have religious faith? Is there any good in organized religion?
Do we have an obl I bought this book the day before I had a late-night conversation with life-time friends about religion, and heritage, rational thought vs “faith,” and personal responsibility. Do we have an obligation to preserve a heritage that our ancestors suffered to retain?
I still don’t know any answers. But Lsmott do like that Annne Lamott shows that there is a benefit in this heritage. I like to think that she also shows that it is possible to believe in the underlying principles without conceding to the myopic politics of many contemporary institutions.
But I shall save this conclusion for presentation at the next installment of our original discussion. Feb 24, Jocelynlt rated it it was amazing Shelves: I flat-out love this traveoing.
It’s probably my favourite book ever, certainly my favourite book on faith and spirituality. Annie Lamott earned her place as my very favourite Author and person-I-want-to-be-like-when-I-grow-up with this book.
It’s a “spiritual memoir” of sorts, written by a funny, idealistic, liberal, reformed imperfect prophetess alcoholic. This book has perhaps travelng best description of God I’ve ever read – God as cat at the door. We are all glad Annie invited him in. Anne Lamott has I flat-out love this book.
Anne Lamott has had a colourful life, to be sure, but when a series of painful experiences and a lifetime of personal struggles with weight, relationships and career seem to take over, Anne becomes bulemic, alcoholic, and at times, suicidal. This book follows her, in a warm, humble, comfortable and very funny way, from her lowest moments to her discovery of her church, the birth of her son, finding God and letting go of the big stuff.
Annie reminds us that the hard stuff is the true stuff, but that it can be told with life-giving humor and grace. Jul 27, Erin rated it liked it. I’m having a hard time identifying why I didn’t really enjoy this book.
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.
But yet, I did not look forward to picking this up and found myself reading it just to get it over with.
View all 4 comments. Aug 26, Jeannine rated it it was ok. I have some mixed feelings about this book. I don’t really know how to express them clearly, so just let me know if kercies want a more detailed explanation!
On the back of Blue Like Jazz, a commentary compares Miller and Lamott, but I completely disagree with that comparison. Before becoming Christians, both had very strong adversions to Christianity and yet both decided to give their lifes to Chr I have some mixed feelings about this book.
Before becoming Christians, both had very strong adversions to Christianity lamot yet both decided to give their lifes to Christ as adults. I feel like the similarity stops there. While Miller’s writing style is very accessible, I feel like Lamott is very unorganized, jumping quite randomly from one story to another.
Traaveling even more important is that annw Miller holds true to the Bible after evaluating whether or not Christianity is something he believesLamott seems to pick and choose whatever she wants to about what God’s word says.
I really appreciated how Miller addressed tough questions and issues in Blue Like Jazz- especially how to be friends, accept, and tolerate his non-believer friends while at the same time holding true to God’s word. Lamott doesn’t ever seem to address some mecies those absolutes in God’s word and instead appears to ignore what the Bible says.
I wish she had given more insight of how she actually integrates how God and His word into her daily life and relationships.
Feb 15, Megan rated it did not like it. This book is a number of essays on a variety of issues — getting older, handicapped people, what you can learn when you hurt yourself on a laott slope.
She can be quite smart and very cute. But although she has a “love everyone” approach and is all about forgiving and laughing through life’s brokenness and hurt She is, after all, in good health, with family, living in the wealthiest nation in the world.
Her problems are generally problems of the soul tgaveling and God knows, those are the hardest of all to face. But does she really face them?
In writing about abortion, her hatred against those who oppose it is bleak and glaring. And I could barely read the chapter where she helps euthanize a friend. Which is when I stopped reading. Confusion and seeking are a part of life especially in cultures wealthy enough to have leisure for certain kinds of existential angst. I would also agree that there’s a certain tender beauty in the ubiquitous inelegance of humanity. But I’m afraid this book is just an echoing of Sixties psychology — a gushily warm philosophy or, in some cases, really a religion of Self that in practice is totally depressing.
In so far as she escapes that philosophy, her book is beautiful; in so far as she clings to it, the book is extremely disturbing. So it gave me a perhaps useful insight into a politics and morality much different than mine and helped high-light what areas of confluence there can be. It might be worth a read for priests and seminarians who want to understand the mind of the Sixties generation which is still very much with us.
But, in the end, I am enough spoiled by the Academic approach to chuck aside a book with a tinge of disgust that vilified any politics or morality besides its own while failing to be conscious or honest about its own inner contradictions and problems.
TRAVELING MERCIES by Anne Lamott | Kirkus Reviews
Apr 03, Lamltt rated it it was amazing Shelves: A great writer, whether you like the terrain or not. I have not read any of her other books, but I am a big fan of this one. It is humourous and dear, ripe with blasphemy and deep spirituality all at once, which is just how i like it. Anne Lamott writes about life and christianity with very real and human eyes. She is blunt but tender in her thoughts, highly educated and yet unafraid to show sentimentality.
She is a bundle of extremes that work together beautifully with all their flaws and jumbled A great writer, whether you like the terrain or not. She is a bundle of extremes that work together beautifully with all their flaws and jumbled opposites.
She embraces the grey shades of complexity that invariably lie between the black and white of popular culture and christianity. I am not the type to read a lot of self-help or religious material, but this book stands apart from such a sordid lot of those types and offers great insight and great storytelling. I would highly recommend this book. Oct 22, Susan B. Anne Lamott is a person who has lived a lot of life and managed to come through the other side.
Thanks to her good sense and good sense of humor this book is not so much a victim-y detailing of her descent and recovery, as much as it is a mercues story of how she began to catch glimpses of grace in everyday living. To this end, she offers a series of short vignettes on various topics including hair, beauty, illness, kids, family relationships, politics, music, drugs, eating, sex, etc. All a Anne Lamott is a person who has lived a lot of life and managed to come through the other side.
All are informed by her trademark self-depricating humor. This is merciss good book to read when you feel like you’d like to see the world differently from the way it usually presents.