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 thegoodbookstall.org.uk 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
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