In Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith, Lamott examines the ways we're caught in life's most daunting predicaments: love, mothering, work, politics, and maybe toughest of all, evolving from who we are to who we were meant to be. This is a complicated process for most of us, and Lamott turns her wit and honesty inward to describe her own intimate, bumpy, and unconventional road to grace and faith.
"I wish grace and healing were more abracadabra kinds of things," she writes in one of her essays, "that delicate silver bells would ring to announce grace's arrival. But no, it's clog and slog and scootch, on the floor, in silence, in the dark."
Whether she's writing about her unsuccessful efforts to get her money back from an obstinate carpet salesman, grappling with the tectonic shifts in her relationship with her son as he matures, trying to maintain her faith and humor during politically challenging times, or helping a close friend die with dignity, Lamott seeks out both the divinity and the humanity in herself and everything around her. Throughout these essays, she writes of her struggle to find the essence of her faith, which she uncovers in the unlikeliest places. By turns insightful and hilarious, pointed and poignant, Grace (Eventually) is Anne Lamott at her perceptive and irreverent best.
©2007 Anne Lamott; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. All rights reserved.
"With gentle wisdom refining her signature humor, Lamott explores helpfulness, decency, love and especially forgiveness." (Publishers Weekly)
I love this book. Anne is so real. She's made mistakes, she doesn't try to hide. She talks about life just as it is, without masking anything. Most of the stories made me laugh till I cried! She is not preachy - she just presents it as she sees it. Since it is read by her also, I think it helps deliver the book in the tone that it was intended. By the time I finished hearing the book I felt like I had a new best friend! Thanks Anne!!!!
The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.
I'm a Huge Lamott fan. I flat out loved some of this and was just neutral on other parts. But I'm still a big fan.
The book may have a great story but I could not get past the narrators voice and tone. I dowloaded it because I read the authors previous book- Plan B and loved it but I didn't even finish this book because the narration was just too depressing
Talk about a "critics view" that was misleading. Expecting a book about displays and acts of simple faith in life, one is instead presented with a monotone reading of one poor soul's life that one can only hope and pray is fantasy.
Far from uplifting, the author drones on and on about how bad her life is and has been, yet seems totally remorseless about her rampant immorality and obsession with George Bush. From the story of her considering disowning her pet to avoid a leash violation, to assisting in the euthanizing of a friend, to multiple abortions, to alcohol and drug abuse, and the list could go on and on, one has to wonder if there is a point to the story. Sadly, there is not.
One is left in wondering amazement at how someone could be alarmed about the environment, yet hold human life and common decency is such low regard. While in one portion of the book she talks at length about fetus's being only zygotes and not human, in another part she fawns over her unborn child.
I listened to the entire book mostly just to see where it would finally end up...much as one watches a train wreck I suppose. Coming from a broken home, she is the stereotypical hippie-getting-older, clueless and rambling on about the meaninglessness of life in general.
It's sad really, since in the beginning of the book she mentions a bumper sticker that read "Only 1/6,000,000,000th of this is about you". Taken to heart, the character in the book could have learned that life is about others and giving glory to God.
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