Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith

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Grace Eventually Thoughts on Faith

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Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith

  1. Anne Lamott is an author of several novels and works of non fiction Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, her non fiction works are largely autobiographical, with strong doses of self deprecating humor and covering such subjects as alcoholism, single motherhood, and Christianity She appeals to her fans because of her sense of humor, her deeply felt insights, and her outspoken views on topics such as her left of center politics and her unconventional Christian faith She is a graduate of Drew College Preparatory School in San Francisco, California Her father, Kenneth Lamott, was also a writer and was the basis of her first novel Hard Laughter.Lamott s life is documented in Freida Lee Mock s 1999 documentary Bird by Bird A Film Portrait of Writer Anne Lamott.

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  1. The last five years or so, maybe, I ve made it a point to begin the year with a book by Anne Lamott, maybe it s become like reading holiday stories around the holidays, something to hopefully remind me, us, of what is important other than the list of people to buy gifts for Anne Lamott s words remind me of what is important beyond all the hoopla of the daily ins and outs of living, traffic jams or last minute runs to the grocery store or even walking the dog Dogs in my case This year, than mayb [...]

  2. Annie, we need to talk First of all, why do you keep telling the same stories and quips over and over, repeating yourself like a demented party guest Remember Jesus drinking gin straight out of the cat dish Let s get back to that type of hilarious creativity But let us never speak of Jesus as a 13 year old punk again It was funny the first time in Plan B When you brought it up in this very next book, verbatim, I physically cringed.Also, nature is lovely and healing and all, but I got bored the t [...]

  3. Hmmmm.I noticed a lot of really negative reviews about this book by folks who are Anne Lamott fans I did enjoy it and, yes, as other reviewers noted it is of the same of what we were given in Traveling Mercies Plan B, but I don t know that I would expect anything different from her The reviews that were negative sounded to me as if folks expected Lamott to reveal some sort of progressive improvement in her approach to life instead she is honest about her daily struggles to be the type of person [...]

  4. I don t know that this was the way I should have been introduced to the writing of Anne Lamott I have so many friends who just love her books, writing, honesty, and faith There were times where I laughed out loud reading about her skiing efforts, her experiences with Sam as a mother and her dog getting lost, her mishaps and successses But the abortion rant put me off a great deal And I think the central conflict in the life of the author was her hatred of George W Bush as a president I am not a [...]

  5. I seem to have forgotten to add this book to my book log, probably because as soon as I finished it, I started reading it again I can t write rationally about Lamott anyway it s like trying to write logically about your first junior high crush when you are thirteen Here s my truth about her I try to get her books on the day they come out I read them once and then I read them again I try to find them on audio and listen to them again I force other people to read her books, even agnostic friends w [...]

  6. This is the first book by Anne Lamott I have tried reading, and it is also the last Her thoughts on faith seem to me like thoughts about herself I don t understand how thoughts on faith can have so little to do with God or Jesus I wasn t finding the book particularly interesting or inspiring, but thought I would keep reading Then I came to the chapters about how she once assisted with a suicide and how she adamantly supports abortion, and even seems proud to have had than one I knew then that [...]

  7. I know that everything about this book should say RUN RUN The author is a recovering alchoholic, born again Christian, hippie from Northern California with dreaklocks Aparently, she and Derrick Jensen have a lot of drama, which is, of course, utterly hilarious.But don t be swayed by crabby Ol Derrick s accusations that she is a vapid liberal.Anne Lamont is intensely likable, unprentious, self depracting and goofy I don t even hate her for being a former coke head or a current hippie or for belie [...]

  8. This is a book of essays on grace, and there are good stories in it But a I listened to it on CD and found the author s voice really annoying and b kept being struck by how little grace I was finding in it I loved Bird by Bird, because I thought the author displayed some of the frailty, the humanity, that writers share She didn t write like a literary god, she wrote like someone you know And she writes like that in this book, too But for me, I kept coming to the conclusion that the author and I, [...]

  9. Anne Lamott should edit out her vitriol toward GW Bush and Cheney when she writes a purported book on faith It alienated me, and I m not even among their fans.With regard to the portion of the book that was about faith, I was amused and moved by some of her anecdotes the weekend she freaked out in jealousy over the very new financial success of a happily married couple she was friends with, the many small miracles that occurred the afternoon she agreed to assist in teaching a dance class for men [...]

  10. I keep reading Anne LaMott to reassure myself that my deep, dark aetheist soul can read about religion without wanting to throw something across the room Kind of a hodge podge of essays with the humility and confession we ve come to expect but not exactly cohesive or anything, it has a slapped together feel Whatever, after reading tales of her years of struggle, go on, make as much money as you can or want to Anne.

  11. Ehhhh Traveling Mercies much much better The only thing I got out of this was that Anne Lamott has way time on her hands than I do to think about how much existential angst she has and how much she hates George Bush and Dick Cheney.

  12. I am 4 5 of the way trough this book, and I loathe it The only reason I am finishing it is because I want to review it properly However, I can tell you that I m EXTREMELY disappointed Thankfully it is short Thank you, Lord, I am finally finished with this piece of drivel.This book should have been named Ann Lamott Continuously Thoughts on Myself, as that is ALL she talks about If she wanted to write yet another memoir of sorts , then entitle it market it as such To suggest that this book is abou [...]

  13. Anne Lamott has many endearing traits as a memoirist She can be very funny and has a lovely command of language In the first story of this collection, I found her sympathetic and self aware as she described growing out of a troubled period in her 20s, when she drank too much, took too many drugs, and accidentally ended up sleeping with other women s husbands The title of the book, Grace Eventually seemed to promise she would find her way But unless you share her reflexive, rigid and seemingly fa [...]

  14. So help me, I really wanted to enjoy this My wife is a fan of Anne Lamott, so I pulled this book off our shelf and set out to acquaint myself with her Now I deeply wish I had chosen a different book First, the title is misleading These essays are rarely thoughts on faith, but correctly thoughts on the messiness of Anne Lamott s life There s nothing wrong with having a messy life and writing about it, but the title led me to think I would find insights into the faith journey of a woman who is de [...]

  15. I found this book to be not about grace, but about the author telling her story to help herself She appears to have very littlegrace if you don t agree with her political or social views which seem quite narrow minded for a liberal Implying that GeorgeBush is responsible for the failed economy and potential closing of the Salinas, CA public libraries is one example I seriously doubt the poorest townin California collapsed economically solely during the Bush era It seems almost a part political m [...]

  16. I have been a die hard Anne Lamott fan for the past 12 years Maybe this is a case of listening to your favorite album in high school over and over until you just can t hear it one time Good God did I just type the word album I started this book and Lamott still writes with her great sarcastic wit, profound spirituality, and honesty intermixed with her parenting struggles, but this time, despite the many pieces of good spiritual advice I came across, I found myself shirking from reading this ins [...]

  17. I found a new author Well, new to me I love libraries I love books see the connection I love libraries that always have books to sell Where I live there are 5 public libraries within 2 miles of me heaven 1 of them in particular always has a nice selection of books for sale and often I meet new friends there Anne Lamott is one of them I was only a page or two into this book when I found myself laughing out loud I should say that I am waiting for my son who is beginning OGT testing today Waiting i [...]

  18. Would recommend NoI chose this book because I found Traveling Mercies Some Thoughts on Faith to be interesting and thought provoking This book, however, was excessively, provokingly political, and the wandery style grated on me after a while Instead of Thoughts on Faith, a fitting subtitle might be, Random Stories Loosely Related to Somewhat Spiritual Thoughts, but Mostly Why I Hate the Bush Administration Now, I am no great lover of Bush, but please That is not what I signed on for I got throu [...]

  19. I made it to page 75 before I grew weary of the egocentrism and annoyed at the gratuitous GOP bashing in almost every single chapter That didn t seem much like grace to me, but maybe that happens eventually It s a pity because I loved Lamott s writing style.

  20. Just reading the other reviews of this book took me on an emotional roller coaster since I agreed with much of the praise as well as the criticism so you can imagine what reading the book did Anne Lamott is one of the most gifted writers I ve known, with a unique voice and unusual blend of vivid intensity, self deprecating humor, and raw honesty about her own neuroses and judgmental attitudes, swirled around with a born again faith and intense willingness to fight for most underdogs I can t help [...]

  21. A lot of the reviews I ve read of this book from fans of Lamott s are rather harsh, so perhaps it works out in my favor that I m going into this totally unfarmiliar with her work As a newcomer, I really enjoyed it, even though it wasn t entirely what I was expecting Lamott has a unique, lyrical, absolutely beautiful style of writing that instantly draws the reader in It s clear that she tries to see joy in everything and everyone part of one essay is devoted to her sucessful, I might add attempt [...]

  22. I loved Anne Lamott s Traveling Mercies when I read it years ago It is inevitable that I will compare this book to that, and I did not feel that this book was as great.Anne s writing quality is still above average she writes in easy to read prose and paints beautiful pictures with words Many of her stories wonderfully illustrate themes of grace and trust in God At the same time, there is not much here that will be memorable Perhaps the biggest problem with the book is her near constant, in the l [...]

  23. I just became aware that there was an Anne Lamott book, a new one, that I haven t read yet Old enough to be out in paperback So I picked it up at the beach and read it in an afternoon evening finished at midnight I truly love Anne Lamott, and so I suppose I am willing to be forgiving of this book, just like you overlook the faults of a family member because they re usually a lot of fun to be with Anne Lamott is usually someone who keeps me in stitches, but I think I only managed a few quiet chu [...]

  24. I can only count this as 1 2 in my book total I honestly can t take it any I m sure there is a message about faith in there somewhere, but Lamott can t seem to get off her soap box about every conservative politician she can name I ended my pursuits on her thoughts on faith when she said something about trying to blame the rain on President Bush She went to great lengths in a previous chapter to explain how she let go of her hatred of him, but I suspect she might want to revisit that again Obvio [...]

  25. Ugh As a fan of Anne Lamott, I have to say this is not one of Anne s best books There are WAY too many political rants in this one It was readable, but I had to skip many chapters b c it was annoyingly full of political vitriol And the titlethoughts on faithleads one to believe that the content will be just that thoughts on faith This was a compilation of anecdotes with some mention of grace I m moving on to another book of hers which I hope will be better.

  26. This was fabulous I read Bird by Bird several years ago, but then forgot about Anne Lamott Glad I found this one Her style is so easy to read it s like a conversation as she struggles and achieves a life filled with grace.

  27. I probably picked the wrong book for my first Lamott read I really wanted to like this one, especially since I have so many friends who love and recommend her writing and wisdom I almost bailed after the essay about working with disabled children because of some of the ableist tropes language she uses and continues to use throughout I liked the section on Samwheel and parenting and a few sparse nuggets interwoven between, but this collection does not come together as a cohesive piece If not for [...]

  28. I read this book on a layover at O Hare airport Enough said.But not quite this book was disappointing on numerous levels Much of it is repetitive musings about raising a child that the reader never really gets to know other than as a catalyst for the author s own navel gazing That sounds unfair, but I don t mean it to be Each chapter included a very dated and self righteous musing on how George Bush destroyed the world I mean I get it I m a pacifist But after a while all I wanted to say was okay [...]

  29. Yesterday was a difficult 6 year anniversary, as well as a difficult one week anniversary Lamott s essays about faith were a soothing balm, and I gobbled up about half of this book on and off, as I did other things yesterday afternoon It came to me in a weird way, too, in that another librarian at my branch had put a hold on it, because she had forgotten that she had already read it I stuck a note in it last Saturday when I saw her hold, asking her to let me know how it was Yesterday she handed [...]

  30. I loved this audio book I felt like I was being embraced or wrapped up in a warm cozy blanket while listening to this It was like therapy Not everything was fully relatable to my life experience or ways of viewing the world, but the nuggets that were, rang true so deeply that I felt like I know Anne Lamott personally and would love to have her as a friend There were so many instances when I wanted to shout yes or exactly Grace is a beautiful, beautiful thing, and it s exemplified wonderfully in [...]

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