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Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers Hardcover – Deckle Edge, November 13, 2012
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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As always the author provides a thought provoking and insightful exploration of our daily journey toward faith, hope, gratitude and grace. Inspiring, reassuring. A great read.Published 2 days ago by Beach lover
It was really good. Help thanks wow love it. 3 different prayers. Talks about prayer. About Help about Thanks about WowPublished 3 days ago by Pen Name
The thoughts expressed were sound, but a bit disjointed, and difficult to read.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Anne makes you laugh and think about the important things in life. Very nice readPublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
A great book written in everyday language about talking to God. I loved it and plan to read her other books.Published 6 days ago by Sally Schneider
I love Anne Lamott and have read several of her books. She's so real and down to earth and adds so much humor. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Real, uplifting, spiritually direct. Anne Lamott is a true guide and treasure with all her warts.Published 17 days ago by Blugrass