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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Looking back on the God my friend believed in, he seems a little erratic, not entirely unlike her father–God as borderline personality. Shelly’s mother was a Christian Scientist. I know I’ll be re-reading it at least once a year. Some Thoughts on Faith Study Guide. It is fresh with honesty and frankness, almost to a fault; her sometimes-coarse language may make many fellow believers squeamish.

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 traveeling Science and Health or the Bible.

Or someone would show up with a plate of fruit.

Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

She seems to get bits and pieces of that truth but she’s still utterly crushed under the weight of her own self-importance. Lee lay beside me in bed when I couldn’t sleep and whispered the Twenty-third Psalm to me: Since I stopped reading partway, I never reached the point where she came to her true enlightenment was it true Christianity?

I played this game with anxiety and grief, always thinking that the better dresses and shoes were on my friend’s pages and that I would have been OK if they had just been on mine– and if I’d had her tall stylish mother, with the wonderful cleavage showing like the bottom of a baby in her low necklines. Pammy and I basked in Lee’s love like lizards on sunny rocks.


But I’m afraid this book is just an echoing of Sixties psychology — a gushily warm philosophy or, in some cases, really a religion of Self that in practice is totally depressing. How she comes to some level of peace with her “middle-aged-mother-butt” persona is hilarious, sweet and–again–honest.

And oh, how I loved the Aunties. I adore Anne Lamott and this book. Nov 03, Yelda Basar Moers rated it it was amazing Shelves: We took our underpants off for older boys behind the blackberry bushes. One minute you read “courage is fear that has said its prayers” and you revel in the beauty and simplicity and truth of that one short aphorism, then the next minute you’re laughing aloud at her confessions of going to Mexico on vacation and “start ing off in heavy Butt Mind on the plane,” and then seeing several nubile teenagers, whom she describes as “mostly youthful and bouncy and physically stunning, if you happen to find tan lean youth attractive.

Lamott is a fine writer who combines theology with humor, compassion, and practicality. Everything has to be about their problem, their discomfort, their needs. I really appreciated how Miller addressed tough questions and issues in Blue Like Jazz- especially how to be friends, accept, and tolerate his non-believer friends while at the same time holding true to God’s word.

Shelly’s house was the only place I could really sleep.

Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith Summary & Study Guide

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. Anne Lemott, Annie–as it appears her friends call her–lets us into lamltt world and shares a very personal and poignant path of a unique and awkward girl taking off her “glasses of puberty” and coming of age.

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Lamott tells of her coming to faith, and merciea her ongoing struggles with faith, in this memoir. The buildings rose up out of the water on the other side of the bay, past Angel Island, past Alcatraz. Even though I knew better, it felt like it WAS medcies Aunt, so much so that I felt a real pang of loss, again, and had to choke down a few tears as I climbed up the subway stairs and hurried down the street to my appointment. Before becoming Christians, both had very strong adversions to Christianity and yet both decided to give their lifes to Chr I have megcies mixed feelings about this book.

Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott

View the Study Pack. When I look back at some of these early resting places–the boisterous home of the Catholics, the soft armchair of the Christian Science mom, adoption by ardent Jews–I can see how flimsy and indirect a path they made. Jul 11, Rachel rated it it was ok Shelves: I learned a lot from that conversation.

King and nature, smoked, drank a lot, liked jazz and gourmet food. I flat-out love this book. Do we have an obligation to preserve a heritage that our ancestors suffered to retain?

My father thought the Christian Scientists were so crazy that they actually made the Catholics look good.

Certainly none writing about religion and I’m pretty well-read on Christian theism. Anne Lamott has I flat-out love this book.