I am an Anne LaMott fan. Her (largely autobiographical) books are always meaty and honest. I read Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, many years ago expecting another gushy treatise on letting creativity flow. Not so. Anne LaMott is funny. Witty, even. And oh, so honest. Then I read Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith, and I decided that LaMott’s self-deprecating humor is simply well-deserved wisdom. I want her to come over for coffee, mostly because I think we’re both slightly neurotic.
Publisher’s Weekly described Help, Thanks, Wow, Anne Lamott’s fourteenth book, as ” a prayer manual for people who wouldn’t be caught dead reading prayer manuals.” This tiny book (you can read it in one sitting) condenses prayer to the basics: pleas for help, gratitude for what is, and expressions of wonder. Her unique combination of irreverent reluctant believer, zen-like enlightened one and church lady works for me. Let me know what you think.