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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My disappointment in the book stemmed from the weird twist the author gave to her “testimony.

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It’s hard to explain why she comes across so likeable when we are at polar opposites as far as personal views go. I loved the curlicue angels in gold paint on the ceiling; I loved the woman selling holy kamott. My father and shy Japanese fishermen used to catch leopard sharks in the cold green waters of the bay.

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Lamott herself, is a consistent delight. There are no riddles or abstruse metaphors, just a lot of emotionally raw revelations about her own life.

I loved the sickly sweet rotting-pomegranate smells of the incense.

C Anne Lamott All rights reserved. My mother was always basting at least one of us kids with calamine lotion. I’m only writing this because the book’s description makes Lamott sound so boringly inspirational, whereas she’s a hilarious hot mess and the best spokesperson for faith I can think of. Jul 11, Rachel rated it it was ok Shelves: This is a woman who clearly and deeply needs salvation, and I mean that in the immediate sense- she’s so deep into herself that she can’t even see out of it.

Annie Lamott earned her place as my very favourite Author and person-I-want-to-be-like-when-I-grow-up with this book. We took our underpants off for older boys behind the blackberry bushes. It used to make my father mad that she’d buy such expensive candies, but this didn’t stop her. 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.


So we came to this house on the lagoon where everyone looked so good and where the mother gathered her children and any other loose kids who happened to be there into an armchair, like Marmie in Little Women, and read to them from Science and Health or the Bible.

If these were fiction, I could ignore that; however, the problem with memoirs—which is mostly what these books are—is that personality is a big part of the source material.

This God could be loving and reassuring one minute, sure that you had potential, and then fiercely disappointed the next, noticing every little mistake and just in general what a fraud you really were. We only had three kids in our family; my brother John, who is two years older than me and didn’t like me very much back then, and my brother Stevo, who is five years younger than me, whom I always adored, and who always loved me.

Pammy and I were drawn to it like moths. This book has perhaps the best description of God I’ve ever read – God as cat at the door.

Yet each step brought me closer to the verdant pad of faith on which I somehow stay afloat today. It slaked my thirst. Looking for More Great Reads? 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.

Perhaps reading this book prolonged those lessions. 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. She knows she’s way narcissistic, mentions it several times, but can’t drag herself out by the sheer force of her own will which is the only way she knows of to do it.


Her chapter on Forgiveness–particularly forgiving the neighborhood supermom–struck a chord with me and my collection of judgmentalisms that mask insecurities. 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.

Oct 23, Kelly rated it liked it. Lamott remains an active participant, demanding that her son, Sam, attend church with her most weeks. Both are written by liberal Christians who genuinely and deeply love God and love their brothers and sisters unconditionally. It is humourous and dear, ripe with blasphemy and deep spirituality all at once, which is just how i like it.

I was completely absorbed in her internal strug This book is officially on my all-time favorites list. I understand her appeal as a writer, but it didn’t get me.

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View the Study Pack. Including a cast of interesting characters, Lamott presents a story to which any woman can not only relate b If you can handle some spirtituality in the form of a black church, Ram Dass quotes, and dreadlocks, then you will thoroughly enjoy this creatively written memoir of a something, single mother, who’s been through it all.

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