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Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers Hardcover – Deckle Edge, November 13, 2012
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“A refreshingly simple approach to spiritual practice in a pint-sized reflection on prayer... Lamott manages to deftly convey the idea that in trying to control things, we've largely lost our ability to see the good and the miraculous in everyday life... there's more here than meets the eye.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Charmingly irreverent.” —MORE Magazine
“Filled with Lamott's unique brand of humor, wisdom and profound spiritual insight... She has a gift for putting into words what it means to accept and ultimately embrace the beauty, mystery, and pain that is life.” —San Antonio Express-News
“Practical and poetic advice on prayer.” —The Oregonian
“An imaginative do-it-yourself approach to spirituality...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.” —Booklist
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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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I love Annie Lamott and have been reading her a lot, but I didn't like this book. There are only occasional flashes of her entertaining storytelling, and her prose style here is... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Late Shopper
This book is a fast and a meaningful read. It has a great message if one is open to new slants on old ideas.Published 10 days ago by Robert D. Brooks
I enjoyed the simplicity of this book and the outright honesty so typical of Lamott's writing. Her faith, like mine, has been an ever evolving part of her. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Rose M. Griffith
This book was quick to read and provided great reflection about the importance of prayer in everyday life. A great reminder about finding the blessings where you are in life.Published 16 days ago
I love all of Anne Lamott's books, but this is one of the best. Her humble and humorous take on life and our relationship with God is so refreshing and uplifting.Published 25 days ago by Eager Reader
I read this book and promptly sent it to a family member to read. An outstanding book on prayer.Published 26 days ago by Lisa B
In a lot of reviews, people give some passages from the book that captures its essence. There are way TOO many good passages and good sentences in here to do that. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David J. Ladwig