Grace (eventually)

Grace (eventually)

Thoughts on Faith

Book - 2007
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Penguin Putnam
The sharp, funny, and heartfelt follow-up to her bestselling Plan B, Anne Lamott's newest collection is a personal exploration of the faith and grace all around us.

In Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith, Lamott examines the ways we're caught in life's most daunting predicaments: love, mothering, work, politics, and maybe toughest of all, evolving from who we are to who we were meant to be. This is a complicated process for most of us, and Lamott turns her wit and honesty inward to describe her own intimate, bumpy, and unconventional road to grace and faith.

"I wish grace and healing were more abracadabra kinds of things," she writes in one of her essays, "that delicate silver bells would ring to announce grace's arrival. But no, it's clog and slog and scootch, on the floor, in silence, in the dark."

Whether she's writing about her unsuccessful efforts to get her money back from an obstinate carpet salesman, grappling with the tectonic shifts in her relationship with her son as he matures, trying to maintain her faith and humor during politically challenging times, or helping a close friend die with dignity, Lamott seeks out both the divinity and the humanity in herself and everything around her. Throughout these essays, she writes of her struggle to find the essence of her faith, which she uncovers in the unlikeliest places. By turns insightful and hilarious, pointed and poignant, Grace (Eventually) is Anne Lamott at her perceptive and irreverent best.

Baker & Taylor
A follow-up to the best-selling Plan B examines the ways in which people are caught up by such challenges as work, parenting, and politics, in a collection of essays that describes her struggles with faith in the face of her son's teen years, today's headlines, and an obstinate carpet salesman. 200,000 first printing.

& Taylor

The author presents a collection of essays on the missteps, detours, and roadblocks in her walk of faith and in her discovery of what it means to be fully human and alive.
Wherever you look, there's trouble and wonder, pain and beauty, restoration and darkness--sometimes all at once. Yet amid the confusion, if you look carefully, in nature or in the kitchen, in ordinariness or in mystery, beyond the emotion muck we all slog through, you'll find it eventually: a path, some light to see by, moments of insight, courage, or buoyancy. In other words, grace. Lamott knows and lives by this belief, most of the time. In these essays, she recounts the missteps, detours, and roadblocks in her walk of faith.--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2007
ISBN: 9781594489426
Branch Call Number: 202.2 LAM
Characteristics: 253 p. ; 21 cm

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JCLHelenH Mar 31, 2017

Lamott navigates the same world and obstacles as you and I with a strong faith and good friends to see her along the way. In essays covering topics ranging from apologizing for an impulsive and snarky email, to sitting on a panel and speaking out in support of women's health issues at a Catholic-based conference, and reflecting on her drug-fueled past mistakes, Lamott shares her gift for asking for, and receiving, forgiveness.

Jun 12, 2015

I like reading Anne Lamott. She's honest, authentic, and speaks her mind. It's like having a one-sided conversation when reading her books, and quite often her stuff hits me just right when I'm needing a little spiritual pick-me-up. Still, this isn't as good as Traveling Mercies. But the way Lamott connects to her reader is undeniable, and reading this still makes me want to read through all of her books.

Dec 21, 2013

Another good one by Anne Lamott, though I must confess I've enjoyed others of hers more (especially Bird by Bird, Operating Instructions, and Plan B - those are my favourites). Still looking forward to reading more by her - there's usually at least one turn of phrase or moment that makes me laugh out loud, and there's always plenty of comfort in being in good company with other struggling human beings who are striving after those moments of grace.


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