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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best seller from the author of Hallelujah Anyway, Bird by Bird, and Almost Everything

Author Anne Lamott writes about the three simple prayers essential to coming through tough times, difficult days and the hardships of daily life.

Listeners of all ages have followed and cherished Anne Lamott’s funny and perceptive writing about her own faith through decades of trial and error. And in her new audiobook, Help, Thanks, Wow, she has coalesced everything she knows about prayer to these fundamentals.

It is these three prayers - asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what we have that is good, and feeling awe at the world around us - that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward. In Help, Thanks, Wow, 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 and honest as only Anne Lamott can be, Help, Thanks, Wow is the everyday faith audiobook that new Lamott listeners will love and longtime Lamott fans will treasure.

©2012 Anne Lamott (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“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)

“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)
 

“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)

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Slams Christians and Priests

The prayers and sentiment are lovely; however, the author slams what she refers to as right-wing christians and claims a priest friend of hers says some remarks about liking to watch some people suffer that are shocking to think a priest would ever say.

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Great writer, not a great voice.

I love Annie Lamont's writings, but it would be better if someone else read this aloud.

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More great insights and humor from Anne Lamott

Spiritual wisdom and wry humor shared in a down-to-earth way. It’s wonderful to hear the book read by Anne. She pares down prayer to its most essential. Vulnerable and connecting - a conversation with you and Anne as she shares the many ways she has conversations with God.

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Prayer conceptualization

Ms Lamont does a formidable job explaining the concept of prayer and its types!

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My favorite book from one of my favorite people in the world

This is my go-to book for comfort and to help me understand me and who I am in the world. I have been guided by AL’s writing for so many years. I read the physical book and listen to it being read by the author. I recommend it to readers from young adults to seasoned old readers like me. Her philosophy and style is my perfect fit.

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Back to Basics

I could listen to Anne Lamott read the phone book. Her comfortable, grounded, and transparent delivery really takes this experience to a special place for the listener. The content is relevant and timely and not favorable to one faith over another. Hearing her perspective and advice on prayer causes one to go back to the very basics of having a simple and open relationship with God minus all of the extraneous characteristics of organized religion and distractions caused by societal platitudes.

The timing of this read is relevant for me personally and for our society at large. It’s brought a sense of peace and conveyed a feeling of confidence that any prayerful relationship with God (or a higher power) is simply good enough. Just like we are.

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I’ve listened to this book 3 times and laugh and cry each time. She suggests such a simple and profound way to connect with God that is not offensive. Can’t wait to explore more of her work.