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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Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
Some Thoughts on Faith – Nevisande: I don’t think I ever heard that in all the years I spent in Catholic Church as a kid. I had a somewhat similar upbringing, although less on the drugs-with-my-parents aspect meecies more on the intellectual-demands-of-liberal-parents side.
In one essay she describes her enemy–the perfect mom of the perfect kid at her son’s first-grade class, the mother who always drove carpools, always baked cookies, always was cheerful and relaxed, had perfect skin, perfect hair, perfect butt. My Catholic friend and I used to spend hours sitting on the couch with the latest Sears catalog spread across our knees, pretending that we got whatever was on our side of the page.
Maybe my perception would have improved had I mustered up the endurance to stick it out and read the whole book.
They were hardly ever sick, though. This study guide contains the following sections: To this end, she offers a series of short vignettes on various topics including hair, beauty, illness, kids, family relationships, politics, music, drugs, eating, sex, etc. She doesn’t claim to have it all figured out and is far from perfect, but she loves Jesus openly and joyfully.
I understand her appeal as a writer, but it didn’t get me. He called Presbyterians “God’s frozen people. I loved the slutty older Catholic girls with their mean names, the ones with white lipstick and ratted hair that reeked of Aqua Net.
All the children got dressed up. But I believed in Lee, and I felt her arms around me. Her imperfections, to me, make her that much more lovable. 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. Five children I knew well from school or the tennis courts died in the sixties–three of overdose, one by hanging, and the boy who lived directly across the lagoon drowned in its cool waters.
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Sep 05, Pages Buy. 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 anen own fault, thus making you look hard at yourself to the extent that you had sympathized.
Published February 15th by Anchor first published January 19th The traevling is a fair summary of the contents of this book. Anne almost has an abortion when she becomes pregnant with Sam—her second pregnancy. An anguishing account that also heals.
Anne honestly writes about her childhood, adulthood and all of the in between mercis filled with alcohol, drugs, eating disorders, and pain; and explains how she finally found herself in the most unlikely place by finding Jesus. I could hear Shelly’s even breathing in the next bed, sense Lee’s younger daughter and Pammy asleep in the next room, and the travfling house would be so quiet, no shadows at all, and Lee would whisper me to sleep.
All I should say, is that this book wasn’t for me.
I became a single parent when my son was five and it is the most challenging aspect of my life. A great writer, znne you like the terrain or not. At the very least, it kept alive in my own mind the debate. Shelly’s mother was a Christian Scientist. Read it Forward Read it first. Although there are parts of this book that are beautifully written in particular the chapter about her aging motheroverall it was a disappointment.
But trabeling more important is that while Miller holds true to the Bible after evaluating whether or not Christianity is something he believesLamott seems to pick and choose whatever she wants to about what God’s word says.
Lists with This Book. Brutally honest, sometimes funny vignettes about affirming faith and community in the midst of drug-induced angst. I do not understand how that came to be; I just know I always believed and that I did not tell a soul. No matter how much I enjoy a book, I’m generally fine with returning it to the library. At Christmas there were Fishhouse punches so alcoholic you could have sterilized needles in them, and on hot summer nights, blenders full of frappeed whiskey sours.
Jul 27, Erin rated it liked it.
Anne Lammot is an meries writer, truly. She spent most of her time from high-school to early thirties drunk. Apr 03, Kate rated it it was amazing Shelves: Traveling Mercies is actually a series of essays about Anne’s life.
Mar 23, Jenifer rated it really liked it.