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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I had been thinking my Aunt quite a bit in the last week or so, missing her more intensely than I normally do in the normal course of life. This book has perhaps the best description of God I’ve ever read – God as cat at the door.

She made apple pies too. 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.

It’s a well-meaning people-centeredness, but that doesn’t make Lamott’s spiritual outlook one I would want someone else to adopt. Jul 27, Erin rated it liked it. 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.

It really is just a collection of thoughts by Anne Lamott, largely on faith. Lamott references a couple of verses from the Bible about forgiveness, and in my favorite story, probably because it hasn’t been so long since I helped scatter my mother’s ashes she connects the idea of Ash Wednesday to the way a person’s ashes stick to your hands and you can’t ever really let them go. But I’m not, so I absolutely loved this book that tickled my funny bone and stabbed my heart.


Maybe my perception would have improved had I mustered up the endurance to stick it out and read the whole book. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Part of what I find off-putting in this book is that she writes about her addictions with a tone of someone reminiscing something they enjoyed, romanticizing her nightly drunken binges, her Nike shoe box full of pills gotten from her many hookups with married men, and her bulimic habits.

The stress and fear of single parenting eclipses the challenges of career, academia and study, priesthood and everything else. When it finally came, I boarded hastily looking for an empty seat and as I sat down I looked up to find a woman who looked remarkably like my Aunt.

Lamott herself, is a lqmott delight. Lamott is a narrator who has relished and soaked up the details of her existence, equally of mirth and devastation, spirit and grief, and spilled them onto her pages.


A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair. Without being preachy or making me feel like I’ve got it all wrong like many Christian books on faith seem to do Anne writes about herself with such brutal, knock you upside the head truth; from merciee admission that her thighs reveal a mom who has forgotten to work out, to her distain of another mom at her son’s school that she secretly loathes.

Before becoming Christians, both had very strong adversions to Christianity and yet both decided to give their lifes to Christ as adults. Read more from the Study Guide.

I was completely absorbed in her internal struggles with alcohol and drugs and self-acceptance, among other things. To ask other readers questions about Traveling Merciesplease sign up. Anne Lammot is an exquisite writer, truly. An anguishing account that also heals. The writing is superb, top-notch, and her book is elegantly structured with essays beautifully tied together like the quilt I had mentioned before.


Pammy and I basked in Lee’s love like lizards on sunny rocks. Brutally honest, sometimes funny vignettes about affirming faith and community in the midst of drug-induced angst. I liked her admissions of lamoht and progress while also recognizing her own human error and frailty. Oct 26, Camie rated it really liked it.

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I understand trveling appeal as a writer, but it didn’t get me. This is a good book to read when you feel like you’d like to see the world differently from the way it usually presents. Perhaps reading this book prolonged those lessions. Being helpful over here! Some Thoughts on Faith from Amazon. They’d give us things–baseball cards, Sugar Babies.

I read it in 3 merciez, in giant leather chairs with strong coffee and during thunderstorms, on my couch with tea, and it was therapy. My parents had bought it for twenty thousand dollars the year John Kennedy became president. There are no riddles or abstruse meta No matter how much Metcies enjoy a book, I’m generally fine with returning it to the library. 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.

She doesn’t claim to have it all figured out and is far from perfect, but she loves Jesus openly and joyfully.