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Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers [Kindle Edition]

Anne Lamott
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Book Description

New York Times-bestselling author Anne Lamott writes about the three simple prayers essential to coming through tough times, difficult days and the hardships of daily life.

Readers of all ages have followed and cherished Anne Lamott’s funny and perceptive writing about her own faith through decades of trial and error. And in her new book, Help, Thanks, Wow, she has coalesced everything she knows about prayer to these fundamentals.

It is these three prayers – asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what we have that is good, and feeling awe at the world around us – that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward. In Help, Thanks, Wow, Lamott recounts how she came to these insights, explains what they mean to her and how they have helped, and explores how others have embraced these same ideas.

Insightful and honest as only Anne Lamott can be, Help, Thanks, Wow is the everyday faith book that new Lamott readers will love and longtime Lamott fans will treasure.

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Inspiriting, trenchant, and funny, best-selling Lamott takes an imaginative do-it-yourself approach to spirituality in her disarming and stirring essays. Unabashedly emotional yet practical and sharply attuned to the absurdities and tragedies of life, she focuses on prayer in this mighty little volume, defining it as “communication from the heart to that which surpasses understanding.” If you are uncomfortable addressing God, Lamott suggests praying to “the Good.” The point is to make contact with “the Real, with Truth, with the Light.” To take a moment to focus and breathe. She cites three basic themes. Asking for help, she writes, “is the first great prayer.” Giving thanks is essential, and not only when things are going well. One also benefits from summoning gratitude for hard truths and tough challenges. “Wow” is the joyful expression of wonder in response to astonishing moments great and small. With a stand-up comic’s snap and pop, candid and righteous Lamott tells hilarious and wrenching tales about various predicaments that have sparked her prayers and inspired her to encourage others to pray anytime, anywhere, and any way. --Donna Seaman


A book on prayer that surpasses all faith, denomination and big word bias and instead deals with the reality of heart and prayer -- Melanie Carroll In HELP, THANKS, WOW Anne Lamott, a well-known Ameican writer, tells us that there are really only three important types of prayer. This is a brief introduction to pray and is published by Hodder. Church of England The book is compelling and fascinating... of interest, to anyone seeking to understand why individuals no longer feel called to engage en masse with the Christian church in the west, but still feel called to a personal faith. Life and Work (Church of Scotland) This small book is simply amazing- a book on prayer that surpasses all faith, denomination and big word bias, instead dealing with the reality of heart and prayer... a stunning book. -- Melanie Carroll Together Magazine In Help, Thanks, Wow , Lamott recounts how she came to these insights, explains what they have meant to her over the years and how they've helped and how others have embraced these ideas. Watkins Mind Body Spirit Her writing is disarmingly profound. Breezily easy to read, but there's grace to uncover. Christianity No matter how you say it, grace can transform an ordinary meal into a celebration- of family, love and gratitude, says author Anne Lamot Families First Magazine Lamott insists that keeping prayers simple is essential when dealing with everyday problems ... Prayer is a resonance with something beyond our pains and physical locations. Prayer allows for a reprieve from grievances, and a therapeutic release and connection with someone that listens. Church of England Newspaper

Product Details

  • File Size: 3676 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead (November 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,699 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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327 of 331 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Anne Lamott November 14, 2012
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Over the last several years I've gone through some very difficult times in my life. But about two years ago I "found" Anne Lamott and her writings through my wife, who has been a fan for forever. I have to say, reading Anne is like therapy for me. Her writing is so honest and thought-provoking. And that Anne Lamott sense of humor is priceless! There's no doubt that Anne Lamott and her books have helped me turn a corner in my life. "Help, Thanks, Wow" is no exception. It's prayer and spirituality simplified, and it works for anyone; even those who aren't truly religious. You don't have to pray to *God*. You can pray to "the force that is beyond our comprehension."

I also love the fact that Anne stresses the importance of gratitude. In fact, this may be my favorite passage from the book:

"Gratitude begins in our hearts and then dovetails into behavior. It almost always makes you willing to be of service, which is where the joy resides. It means that you are willing to stop being such a jerk. When you are aware of all that has been given to you, in your lifetime and the past few days, it is hard not to be humbled, and pleased to give back."

Thank you, Anne Lamott. My life is better because of you.
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196 of 202 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Just Want to Read It Again! November 15, 2012
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What a brilliant book! When I first received "Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers" I too was so disappointed that it was such a small book--tiny, short, maybe an hour's read. Ah, but what an hour! Precious. And to be completely truthful, this book actually took me several hours to read, because I had to put it down, think, cry, laugh, and even--yes--pray. This book is worth your time and attention. I am so glad that I have it in hardback because I will keep it forever and reread it regularly; I am finished reading it and I just want to read it all over again.

It is a book about getting through life. It is rich, raw, funny (hilarious, like all Annie Lamott) and written in language so stunning I would have to stop and just read and reread sentences. I feel as though my life has been broken open with a whole new attitude towards prayer, and even more, towards being alive. This is not a religious book at all, but a book for anyone who is spiritually-oriented and maybe especially for those who aren't, because the author writes about prayer in a way that every single person can relate to. This is a book about being real and true and simple and clear and about living a worthwhile life.

Don't miss this book.

Highly recommended.
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177 of 190 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another all-nighter. Lamott never disappoints. November 13, 2012
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Stayed up all night reading this on my Kindle, as has become customary for all new Lamott books. Why? She makes me laugh. She gives me hope. And like Elizabeth Berg, Anne Tyler, Cheryl Strayed and other supreme female authors of America in our time, she always, always, rides the edge of truth to beauty. "Help, Thanks, Wow" is another classic Lamott, but this time she directly addresses the need for faith in these specifically bizarre and often disheartening times. Far from a sanctimonious tome, "Help, Thanks, Wow is indeed the Cliff notes for spirituality, as one rave review said, but it is skillful and spare prose that expands and fills the space in our hearts. Funny, elegant, shocking, poignant, she owns the distinct voice and sublime storytelling knack that is hers alone. There is only one Lamott. Thankfully, she is a disciplined worker bee and she publishes often enough so that by the time I've reread her last book twice, there is another one on the horizon. Thank you, Annie! xo SFL
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spiritual Shower November 18, 2012
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Just finished reading. Feel as though I have had a much needed spiritual shower. Having been almost "destroyed by the catholic church," I quit praying a long time ago reckoning that nobody was listening. I am now reconsidering.
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131 of 157 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Thin, Both Literally and Figuratively December 23, 2012
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When you read thin books, you always assume that they are sharp and succinct, that they were once big books that have been cut to the bone, trimmed to the essence, and winnowed to their winning ways before submission for publication. You certainly entertain no thoughts of repetitiveness -- not in a thin book. That's forgivable with Dickens, Thackeray, and Fielding. They write huge tomes that earn the room for error. But the 100-page book? No.

That's my main beef with Anne Lamott's long essay on prayer. I read a NY Times essay of hers that I enjoyed mightily. It told of how her family was anything-but religious, how they worshiped at the altar of great writers and lived a Bohemian lifestyle. Lamott cut against the family grain. She got religion -- of a sort. But, in writing about it in this book, she travels six ways to Sunday yet keeps arriving at the same four-way intersection. That is, as I read it, I found the same repetition one gets in rote recitals of real-life prayers, and I thought to myself, "This would never see the publishing light of day if not for the name of its author."

I should have been the perfect audience for this book, which is why I bought it. I am irreligious, yet spiritual; agnostic, yet defensive about God; skeptical, yet trusting in the great unknown. Lamott is similar. She has no patience for Christians who claim to know "the way" because, of course, they don't. Hers is a most laid-back and understanding God. He (sometimes Lamott goes with "She") doesn't mind if you say, God, I'm P-O'd with you this time, as if these are the risks deities take when they get in the business of creating humans. Frankenstein's monsters, and all that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! You won't regret it...
I just love Anne Lamott...I can completely relate to her stories. I just love the humor and spirituality twist she is able to instill in her writing. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars This should be in everyone's home.
Love this, love Anne Lamott. I keep this nearby and read again and again her wisdom and the way she delivers it. Never plan to be without a copy!
Published 1 day ago by PCT
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good. Brief.
Published 1 day ago by carole mcfarland
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite author
Anne is one of my go to writers. She has a God-given sense of humor that makes the realities of life a little more palatable. Read more
Published 4 days ago by "Helen Schlegel"
5.0 out of 5 stars A good pick me up book to bring you closer to ...
A good pick me up book to bring you closer to God when all you wanna do is to run away. It's a short book, so it's also a good gift for those who are discouraged and do not like... Read more
Published 5 days ago by ishuyi
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book and a refreshing way to understand prayer
Published 8 days ago by C. Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Lamott
I love Anna Lamott. Just thought this book was a little on the short side.
Published 9 days ago by V.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice tongue in cheek read
I bought this after reading God Never Blinks because it was mentioned in it. What a great recommendation. If you enjoyed that book you will also love this one.
Published 10 days ago by JBC
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne can make me laugh and cry in the same sentence!
This book has become one of my daily meditation books. I went through and highlighted my favorite passages (and there are several on most pages) and then I use a few pages a day... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Gail Frare
5.0 out of 5 stars so good.
Gave it as a gift & so far, so good.
Published 15 days ago by Steven G.
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