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Amen, Amen, Amen: Memoir of a Girl Who Couldn't Stop Praying (Among Other Things) Hardcover – October 20, 2009

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"Abby Sher has written a beautiful book. It's deeply personal and original, but deals with the big issues we all struggle with -- faith, family, food, and of course, Neil Diamond." -- A. J. JACOBS, author of The Guinea Pig Diaries and The Year of Living Biblically

"Amen, Amen, Amen is Abby Sher's brave, haunting, amazing memoir of her lifelong struggle with OCD. But it's more than this -- it's an inspiring tale of a woman overcoming adversity, learning to trust herself, allowing herself to fall in love, letting go of her parents' complex legacy. For memoir lovers, it is a prayer answered. Told in the author's fresh, wise, witty voice, the book, at times, is impossible to put down. This incredible book makes for obsessive, compulsive reading." -- JENNIFER FINNEY BOYLAN, author of She's Not There and I'm Looking Through You

"Even if you've never had one obsessive thought in your life, which I highly doubt, you will find yourself in Amen, Amen, Amen. Fine, maybe you don't count your kisses or speak Hebrew or create elaborate anorexic exercise mantras, but I'm fairly certain you know what it's like to feel out of control, small, and unseen. Abby Sher's humanity, humility, and hilarity will make you feel less alone and blessed to be alive in this fragile world." -- KIMBERLEE AUERBACH, author of The Devil, The Lovers, & Me: My Life in Tarot

"Amen, Amen, Amen offers a poignant, pitch-perfect look at love, loss, danger, and redemption through the eyes of a young woman struggling with OCD. Abby Sher illuminates her fascinating story with insight, wit, and compassion, making for a compelling and powerful read." -- RABBI DANYA RUTTENBERG, author of Surprised by God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion

"Amen, Amen, Amen is a memoir of a girl's broken heart -- and all the absurd, funny, and oh-so-sacred pains Abby Sher endures to pick up the pieces and walk them silently home. Tender and lovely." -- BARBARA ROBINETTE MOSS, author of Change Me into Zeus's Daughter

About the Author

Abby Sher is a writer and performer whose work has appeared in Modern Love: 50 True and Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit, and Devotion and Behind the Bedroom Door: Getting it, Giving it, Loving it, Missing it as well as in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Self, Jane, Elle, HeeB and Redbook. She is also the author of the young adult novel Kissing Snowflakes. Abby has written and performed for the Second City in Chicago and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Magnet Theater in New York. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416589457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416589457
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,045,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amen, Amen Amen is a brilliant, creative, genuine, and heart-wrenching account of Abby Sher's experience with life, love, and loss. Rarely do we as readers see so clearly how a child's mind works to make sense of the complex world around her. It is a must read for anyone who has struggled to understand the ways of the world - meaning it is a must read for just about everyone.
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Sher's frank portrait of growing up with obsessive compulsive disorder is well-written and moving. OCD is often seen as a humorous disorder that causes people to be neat freaks or do quirky things like turn the lights on and off fifteen times so the oceans don't dry up. Amen, Amen, Amen rips the comedic veil off OCD and exposes it for what it is: a disorder that can ravage a person's life. It begins slowly, with repeating prayers a certain number of times daily, and ultimately leads to an eating disorder as well as other major life problems.

Amen, Amen, Amen is beautiful and heatbreaking, a painful snapshot of what it's like to experience loss and to be mentally ill, but it never bogs down into hopelessness.
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Wow. Such skilled writing! What I found most compelling about this book is the subtle way Sher's voice grows up as the book progresses. She recaptures the confusion of her 10-year-old self trying to fit huge, adult issues into her kid worldview, then shifts just as easily into teen angst, and again into more self-aware adulthood.

And throughout it all, even though the various OCD rituals, bad relationships and anorexia crisis, she maintains a stellar sense of humor. AND she avoids painting anyone in her life as cruel or evil. AND it doesn't have a magical completely happy ending.

So this is no maudlin "My Struggle with [X]" memoir--it's a smart, thoughtful book about a woman who just happens to deal with some big psychological issues. And it made me look at my own little compulsive habits and how they affect my relationships.
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This author wrote a brief article entitled "The Kindness of Strangers" in the July 2013 issue of Good Housekeeping. The blurb about her listed this memoir. I am always impressed with people's courage to write their stories. I wasn't sure just how much I wanted to know about someone else's mental illness and her reasons for it, but it was good, with enough humor to get through the hard parts. I was enlightened and encouraged to continue on my own journey of learning how to be real, honest and healthy.
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I am a literary voyeur, I love to look at others' lives, so I thought this "memoir of a girl who couldn't stop praying (among other things)" would be right up my alley. In some ways it was, in others - not so much.

Abby has had much too much loss in her life, beginning when she was most vulnerable, as a child. Her OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) began manifesting itself before the losses but was greatly exacerbated when someone close to her died. She began to feel she was responsible for countless deaths and she had to find ways to ward off the deaths she was causing. Lots of rituals, hours of compulsive prayer, and ridding the world of anything dangerous.

That last part meant picking up trash, stray paperclips that could puncture a tire causing a blowout and death for an entire family, pieces of glass, sharp metal, even leaves with sharp, pointy stems. If she let down her guard or didn't pray enough or if she let down G-d (she couldn't write "God" for reasons she explained), catastrophe was sure to follow. Her religion seemed more of a superstition than faith.

I know that repetition is a huge part of OCD, but the reader shouldn't have to suffer the same fate. A good part of the first half of the book involved countless recollections of imaginary deaths and molestations she caused. Abby even quit a job working with children because she convinced herself she was molesting them. She would circle a block numerous times, looking for the person she thought she mowed down on the previous lap. Very sad, but the repetition got old.

The second half of the book was more interesting, but also frustrating to me in some ways. Memoirs are supposed to be about the person writing the book, all fair and good.
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If you take this book for what it is, a memoir from someone in the grips of OCD, it is an interesting, although somewhat self indulgent, view in to what this may feel like. The author never completely resolves the issues with OCD and so there is a bit of incompleteness to the story but it is an interesting read.
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This beautifully crafted, haunting and hilarious memoir educates and captivates. Bearing witness to the authors traumatic losses beginning in childhood and persisting into her adolescence and adulthood is agonizing and heartwarming but well worth the journey. Her struggle to connect with her self, g_ d, her family, therapists, friends, audiences, lovers, and ultimately her developing child culminates in a take away for anyone grappling with how to exist in an ever increasing dangerous world : to surrender to life and let go of the fight against death. A definite recommendation for anyone interested in understanding and overcoming the emotional and psychological underpinnings of OCD, eating disorders and dysregulated self injurious behavior. Would that I could prescribe everyone a Jay.
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