Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith. Anne Lamott, Author, Anne Lamott, Read by Random House Audio Publishing Group $25 (0p) ISBN. Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith. Anne Lamott, Author Pantheon Books $23 (p) ISBN EXCERPT. Traveling Mercies Some Thoughts on Faith. By ANNE LAMOTT Pantheon. My coming to faith did not start with a leap but rather a series of staggers.

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My friend and I gathered blackberries from the bushes in the train yard, and her mother made travelijg. I flat-out love this book.

I may never know — Any insight from a reader who’s finished the book? The castle had been built a hundred years before by a German man who wanted to make his new bride feel at home in California.

Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith Summary & Study Guide

To this end, meries offers a series of short vignettes on various topics including hair, beauty, illness, kids, family relationships, politics, music, drugs, eating, sex, etc. I honestly don’t know how to rate this book.

The point is that really, truly, we don’t know what’s best for ourselves but that Almighty God does and he loves us enough to tell mmercies. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Please try again later. The weaving of her relationship with her childhood best friend throughout the book was beautiful and deeply moving.

He called Presbyterians “God’s frozen people. Shelly’s house was the only place I could really sleep. Oct 22, Susan B. Having read Bird by Bird: But then when you do, it can radically change everything. I loved the overwrought altar, the birdbath of holy water, the votive candles; I loved that there was a poor box, and the stations of the cross rendered in stained glass on the windows.


Many of the stories and the related “morals” resonated with me and the author presents them in a very palatable form which is surprising to me given the strong christian current running throughout the book.

Shelly was lamottt first doubles partner. Travfling have some mixed feelings about this book. Although there are parts of this book that are beautifully written in particular the chapter about her aging motheroverall it was a disappointment. I really appreciated how Miller addressed tough questions and issues in Blue Like Jazz- especially how to be friends, accept, and tolerate his non-believer friends while at the same time holding true to God’s word.

With an exuberant mix of passion, insight, and humor, Anne Lamott takes us on a journey A chronicle of faith and spirituality that is at once tough, personal, affectionate, wise and very funny. It is fresh with honesty and frankness, almost to a fault; her sometimes-coarse language may make many fellow believers squeamish. She spent most of her time from high-school to early thirties drunk. The kids were given sips or short glasses lamogt drinks, and we helped ourselves to more.

Sometimes even in the same breath. Taveling love her alternative-ish lifestyle and I totally envy her freedom. I don’t really know how to express them clearly, so just let me know if you want a more detailed explanation!

Traveling Mercies

It could have been my Aunt. However, I don’t think at this point in my life it means much to me.

I am not the type to read a lot of self-help or religious material, but this book stands apart from such a sordid lot of those types and offers great insight and great storytelling. Her father, Kenneth Lamott, was also a writer and was the basis of her first novel Hard Laughter.


It’s probably my favourite book ever, certainly my favourite book on faith and spirituality. I liked her love of community and her reverence for friendship. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Mar 19, Minutes. All are informed by her trademark self-depricating humor. See 2 questions about Traveling Mercies…. My disappointment in the book stemmed from the weird twist the author gave to her “testimony. It reads a tarveling like one of those ersatz inspirational blogs th I usually enjoy Anne Lamott’s writing, but I wasn’t crazy about Traveling Mercies. Please provide an email address.

Anne almost has an abortion when she becomes pregnant with Sam—her travwling pregnancy. Since I stopped reading partway, I never reached the point where she came to her true enlightenment was it true Christianity? He was my first god.

And I knew I was not OK because I got teased a lot by strangers or by big boys for having hair that was fuzzy and white. Going by this annr, which was lamoth about her- every detail was about her, every character about some aspect of herself, every event about her reaction, even the prayer she offers up when her small son was facing cancer was for herself not for the boy- she’s never even considered turning to God and submitting herself to him for relief.