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Traveling Mercies April 21, 2011

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Just finished Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott.  And yes, I am about 10 years late on this one, but I don’t think I would have appreciated her irreverant, but wise humor at 17.

I love the way she writes.  I feel like her writing style is similar to my own, but ten times better.  I definitely have a mentor to look up to.  Luckily she’s already written a book about writing:  Bird by Bird, which is fantastic.  She has the greatest analogies and a way of just emotionally sucker-punching you with a phrase.

But back to the book at hand: Traveling Mercies is a collection of moments in Lamott’s life that make up the surprising Christian she has come to be.  She is not your grandmother’s Christian — that’s for sure, but I think that is what is so appealing about her — she’s an absolute screw-up, but that is also exactly the reason she is a child of God.  Traveling Mercies really is a book about opening yourself up to new possibilities and new ideas of yourself, new ideas of others.

So come read this dreadlocked Christian’s memoir of becoming a spiritual person in all aspects of her life.

*Warning: Does include some profanity-laced prose, but all profanity was used for good humor.

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1. Katie - April 22, 2011

I do love Anne Lamott’s work – particularly Bird by Bird. She’s so honest and hilarious. (I got to see her read in Cambridge the other week – very cool!)


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