Traveling Mercies, by Anne Lamott
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. With an exuberant mix of passion, insight, and humor, Anne Lamott takes us on a journey through her often troubled past to illuminate her devout but quirky walk of faith. In a narrative spiced with stories and scripture, with diatribes, laughter, and tears, Lamott tells how, against all odds, she came to believe in God and then, even more miraculously, in herself. She shows us the myriad ways in which this sustains and guides her, shining the light of faith on the darkest part of ordinary life and exposing surprising pockets of meaning and hope. Whether writing about her family or her dreadlocks, sick children or old friends, the most religious women of her church or the men she’s dated, Lamott reveals the hard-won wisdom gathered along her path to connectedness and liberation.
My 2 Cents: It doesn’t get much better than Anne Lamott. She’s in my Holy Trinity of authors (Lamott, Young, and Manning). I feel like, if we could just sit down and have coffee, Anne would be one of my favorite humans, too. I love her writing, her style, her heart, and her humor. She’s so damn honest, vulnerable, and wise. I’m pretty sure it’s because she’s the Headmaster at the School of Hard Knocks.