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Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers | [Anne Lamott]

Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

Anne Lamott is known for her perceptive and funny writings about spirituality. Listeners of all ages have followed her faith journey through decades of trial and error (sometimes more error than Annie wanted), and in her new book, she has coalesced all she knows about prayer to three essentials: Help, Thanks, and Wow. It is these three prayers - asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating all that we have and all that is good, and feeling awe at the beauty of the world around us - that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward.
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Anne Lamott is known for her perceptive and funny writings about spirituality. Readers and listeners of all ages have followed her faith journey through decades of trial and error (sometimes more error than Annie wanted), and in her new book, she has coalesced all she knows about prayer to three essentials: Help, Thanks, and Wow. It is these three prayers - asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating all that we have and all that is good, and feeling awe at the beauty of the world around us - that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward.

In Help, Thanks, Wow, Anne Lamott recounts how she came to these insights, explains what they mean to her and how they have helped, and explores how others have embraced these same ideas. Insightful, funny and honest, Help, Thanks, Wow is the everyday faith book that new Lamott readers will love and longtime Lamott fans will cherish.

©2012 Anne Lamott (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 12-14-12
    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 12-14-12 Member Since 2008

    Holly

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    I picked up the book even though I wasn't sure about the prayer part and I'm glad I did. In less than two hours Anne Lamott gives us a succinct, funny, and all-inclusive tale about her journey from "fine china" prayers to the three that are more of the paper plate variety and probably more effective. Written in an authentic style, Lamott unapologetically shares her take on approaching god whether she is a mountain, an armchair, or some other external power we can talk to. Her breathe of knowledge about all types of spirituality is evident in the content and readers can be comfortable with her version of truth regardless of where they are in their spiritual journeys. She is honest about who we are as people and as a society yet, in the end, states we are "mostly decent." For me the hope and charm of this book is that I finished it and could say, "Yeah, I do that and can probably do a little bit more of it." While I cannot say Lamott is the best narrator in the world, she is acceptable and there is something special about her reading her own work. If you are looking for a short, touching read that helps you move along toward a little bit of change in a non defensive way, this book is wonderful.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nicolette MINOT, ND, United States 11-20-12
    Nicolette MINOT, ND, United States 11-20-12
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    What made the experience of listening to Help, Thanks, Wow the most enjoyable?

    I am so glad that I caught the tail end of a radio interview of the Author of this book on the radio. Anne Lemott is good to listen to as the narrator and this book has amazing insight. I almost wince when I see when it is in the religion section because this book is not about any particular religion- its about a higher power. Anne has a great sense of humor and I was laughing even as I was being completely awed by what she had to say and how eloquently she put it. This is a quick read (listen) and I was wishing it was longer when it was over. This book is nothing short of profound.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is a part where she asks "Whats the difference between you and God? God never thinks he is you."
    If I were to try to quote all the significant things she says in this book that stood out- I would just be typing the whole book out here.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Victor Pasadena, CA, United States 05-23-13
    Victor Pasadena, CA, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Horrible narration."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator.


    What could Anne Lamott have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not read in such a monotone.


    What didn’t you like about Anne Lamott’s performance?

    Monotone. It sounded like a computer voice at times.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen Havertown, PA, United States 01-13-13
    Eileen Havertown, PA, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to Help, Thanks, Wow again? Why?

    I could and might listen to this several times. I believe that everyone would or could get something out of this little gem!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is very personal and human.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I didn't really enjoy the author's voice. I might have enjoyed reading the book on my own even more. But the overall message and points were so good that I got over it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book speaks to the human experience and there was a particularly touching story the author shared about a boy coming to learn about the realities of death and that his mother would likely die before him.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend if you are interested in spiritual life, regardless of religious affiliation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    nocutename Laguna Beach, CA 12-12-12
    nocutename Laguna Beach, CA 12-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    Short and excellent - a great listen with the author's dry and unfettered delivery. I wonder if Anne Lamott and Patti Smith are friends . . . they should be! The beauty of the brevity here is that I will re-listen to this book and get more from it. Anne may come from a Christian background, but her content reaches across all defined/undefined belief systems. Enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paige Cordial 04-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    Would you try another book from Anne Lamott and/or Anne Lamott?

    Yes


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The book lacks some of the depth and emotion of some of her other work.


    Was Help, Thanks, Wow worth the listening time?

    yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E. DeGeorge Loudon, TN 02-04-13
    E. DeGeorge Loudon, TN 02-04-13
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    "Lamott's presentation adds to book."
    What made the experience of listening to Help, Thanks, Wow the most enjoyable?

    Anne Lamott's reading interpreted and augmented the her basic book on prayer.

    The concepts behind the book are basic, but Lamott's inimitable style brings good perspective to the topic.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Shields Marietta, GA, USA 04-26-14
    Adam Shields Marietta, GA, USA 04-26-14 Member Since 2003

    Book blogger at Bookwi.se

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    "SHORT, but helpful look at the essence of prayer."

    I am not an Anne Lamott devotee. So I do not read everything she writes. But I have read enough to know that she is a very good author and one that looks at spiritual realities from a different perspective.

    So one day last month I was tired of all of my audiobooks I had been listening too and looked around to find another. I noticed that with my member discount at Audible, Help, Thanks, Wow was under $5. So I picked it up.

    I had resisted previously because it is so short. In audiobook it is barely 90 minutes. In paper it is listed as 112 pages. But it must be a gift book sized pages.

    However, for $5 I thought it was worth picking up.

    I listened to it two days after listening to Palmer Parker’s Let Your Life Speak. The two books, although not at all similar in subject had a similarity in spiritual direction. Both emphasized that the Christian life is not striving after looking good or being respectable.

    Instead the Christian life is about being sinful, selfish people while also attempting to know Christ. Anne Lamott can be an acquired taste. She does not feel the need to wrap things up nicely. She knows the value of a bit of swearing at the appropriate time. She refers to God as she pretty frequently, she does not think that only Christians have spiritual insights.

    The point of the book is that behind all of our pretense, most of the time we are praying one of three prayers, Help, Thanks or Wow. Each of these prayers come to use even if we are not comfortable with prayer, because they are part of who we were created to be.

    I want to emphasize that this is a short book (and I think overpriced in Kindle and Hardcover). But it does have wisdom. Anne Lamott deserves her place as one of the Evangelical gadflies. And I think with time she has earned her a place of wise elder as well as gadfly.

    Originally posted at my blog, Bookwi.se

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PARIS, TX, United States 02-03-14
    Amazon Customer PARIS, TX, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2008
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    I hope I'll reread this every year. Such excellent, simple concepts. Help, Help, Help! Thanks, Thanks, Thanks! Wow! I find myself doing better at this now. And I appreciate that Anne asks questions. Thanks Anne, for giving me permission to ask questions and just be myself in prayer, while reminding me of the essentials of my faith.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca THORNTON, NH, United States 02-24-13
    Rebecca THORNTON, NH, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I had a hard time considering God referred to as a woman. Even while I am one it seemed disrespectful to me. Leaving the gender out would have made me happier and the book better ... in my humble opinion.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It took me a while to get used to the tone of the author but after a while I did and I found myself coming back to listen to the rest of the story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I appreciated the deeper thought into prayer that this book provoked in me. I am not sure I agreed with everything but that is okay, it is provoking thought that I appreciated. As stated above, I really did not care that God was referred to as "She" or "Mother".

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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