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 went to church with my grandparents sometimes and I loved 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.

Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

I think someone on a spiritual journey, if he or she desires a merces in this style, would be better served by hitting Donald Miller. They’d give us things–baseball cards, Sugar Babies. My father thought the Christian Scientists were so crazy that they actually made the Catholics look good. May 21, Elise rated it liked it Shelves: Pammy and I basked in Lee’s love like lizards on sunny rocks. I don’t really know how to express them clearly, so just let me know if you want a more detailed explanation!

Traveling Mercies

It reads a little like one of those ersatz inspirational blogs that also feature the hideous artwork of the blogger typically a drawing of a misshapen hand holding a bunch of flowers against a rainbow background. It’s a well-meaning people-centeredness, but that doesn’t make Lamott’s spiritual outlook one I would want someone else to adopt.

I didn’t even quite know what this phrase meant–I knew merciies meant that a black man must have been my father but I couldn’t figure out how a woodpile figured in, since a woodpile housed only the most terrible things: Lamott loathed her and looked for reasons to be irritated; doing exactly what all of us do in that position, thinking thoughts that “would make Jesus want to drink gin straight out of the cat dish. Indeed, I think I keep learning from it. Anne Lamott rtaveling her hilariously funny and at times deeply moving perspective on God and her relationship with Him in a way that makes me want to immediately drop what I’m doing and take my daughter to church.


We peeled each apple with precision, aiming for one long green spiral of peel, and my first memory of watching someone be beaten was on a night after we’d prepared apples for pie. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

I got my first one midway through kindergarten and had to lie down with my face on the cool linoleum in the back of the room until my father could come get me. She deals with a potentially serious blood disorder with Sam but it turns out to be nothing.

And I could barely read the chapter where she helps euthanize a friend. 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.

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 compelling story of ahne she began to catch glimpses of grace in everyday living. Mercjes was Sunday morning and I got to go to church with them.

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Oct 23, Kelly rated it liked it. The first pregnancy did end with an abortion. Sep 29, Megan rated it it was amazing Recommended to Megan by: She tutored kids in reading while other grown-ups worked with them in sports.


May 02, Ruth rated it it was amazing. Although there are parts of this book that are beautifully written in particular the chapter about traveljng aging motheroverall it was a disappointment.

Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott

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 traveping you really were. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

Anne Xnne is a person who has lived a lot of life and managed to come through the other side. I knew I was not pretty because people were always making jokes about my looks.

Interestingly, the stark honesty doesn’t come across as over-sharing; none of that embarrassing TMI we read and occasionally share on social networks.

Lamott doesn’t ever seem to address some of those absolutes in God’s word and instead appears to ignore what the Bible says.

She uses the same technique repeatedly, though so well that it doesn’t get cloying–to describe a situation in terms that make you laugh, and make you identify and sympathize with her; and then she reveals her own fault, thus mercifs you look hard at yourself to the extent that you had sympathized.

She was blonde, pretty, and had a sister one year younger, whose best friend was a girl trabeling Pammy who lived at the other end of the lagoon. We are all glad Annie invited him in.