Help, Thanks, Wow MP3 CD – Unabridged, April 29, 2014
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- Item Weight : 2.4 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 1491515961
- ISBN-13 : 978-1491515969
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.63 x 5.5 inches
- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged Edition (April 29, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,307,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Written with grace, humor and more wisdom than you could ever imagine in such a slim volume, this book by Anne Lamott has the power to change your life, strengthen your faith or just make you realize the pretty awesome fact that you can pray anytime, anywhere—and these three words are all you need to get started.
And here's the best part of this book: It is absolutely perfect for those who aren't sure they even believe in God and certainly don't go to church. This is not a book about religion. Or about being a Christian. It's a simple manual on how to pray. Which also makes it the perfect book for those who do believe in God and do go to church.
Last night was hard. I'd just finished a rough week at work, and just before reaching the comfort of my home, a troubling thought came to my mind, and I couldn't get it to leave.
I just wanted to sit quietly and read. About a week prior, I'd downloaded the sample of this book. I started to read it, and found it comforting. I purchased the full text and continued reading. Through my tears. So much in the first section, "Help", resonated with me. I have just begun the second section this morning, but felt the need to review this book already.
Anne's writing is so real. I can't recommend this book enough.
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.
Some of us are better composing prayer at the keyboard and quite frankly, I believe God doesn't care what method you use to communicate with Him as long as we are in regular communication with Him, that is His hope.
Lamott's latest book "Help, Thanks, Wow", is a good book. It has the short chapters and the rambling conversation that I expect from her books. The topic is one that grabbed me at first. I thought, here is a book that is going to simplify prayer and perhaps I will find comfort in it. Perhaps my expectations were too high as I felt that my questions were never answered. I had hoped for a footprint to follow, something more definitive.
I still feel that it is a good book and worth taking a look at. However, if you're not familiar with Anne Lamott then this may not be the best of her books to start with.
Sorrowfully, in the end I was left unfulfilled and a little bored.
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She's also funny and had me smiling and laughing out loud which is great, but did cringe at her total honesty at times as well. Go girl!
I shared one or two things from this book with a friend of mine which got her laughing. She is now going to buy it. I'm in my 60s and I really enjoyed the reading.
Anne Lamott writes so engagingly about how we can care so much that our attempts to help, and even to pray, become toxic.
Releasing ourselves to God is our only way through.
Wonderful, enlightening and engaging.