BN.com Gift Guide
Customer Reviews for

Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

Average Rating 3.5
( 25 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(10)

4 Star

(4)

3 Star

(3)

2 Star

(4)

1 Star

(4)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Right-winger Loves Anne Lamott

As I read the previous reviews, I thought it important that you hear from 'the other side.' I am a hard-core conservative, evangelical Christian pastor. I love reading Anne Lamott's personal journey books. She is funny, charming, thought-provoking, and sometimes down...
As I read the previous reviews, I thought it important that you hear from 'the other side.' I am a hard-core conservative, evangelical Christian pastor. I love reading Anne Lamott's personal journey books. She is funny, charming, thought-provoking, and sometimes downright irritating. But she makes me wonder if maybe what endears us to God is not our perfection, but rather our imperfection. Perhaps God loves me because of, not in spite of, my warts and blemishes. I don't often agree with her politics, but I adore her heart.

posted by Anonymous on May 21, 2005

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review

Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Blackbox Warning: Whiny complaints posing as reflection

I absolutely LOVE Anne Lamott. I did NOT love this book. Ususally funny and insightful, this attempt was a departure from her usual writing - whiny, complaining left-wing rhetoric. Unless you hate (her words, not mine) President George Bush and love to hear him slamm...
I absolutely LOVE Anne Lamott. I did NOT love this book. Ususally funny and insightful, this attempt was a departure from her usual writing - whiny, complaining left-wing rhetoric. Unless you hate (her words, not mine) President George Bush and love to hear him slammed repeatedly - and I do mean repeatedly - ad nauseum, in fact, you may find this book shallow and downright boring. I got the fact that she hates the president after about the 100th reference to it - enough already!!! Even the stories, few though they may be, that didn't deal directly with hating the president, were woven with her distaste for the man. Isn't there anything else going on in the world, in life, to comment on? While I appreciate freedom of expression, this would have been infinitely more interesting had she expressed something beyond political opinion - over and over.

posted by Anonymous on April 8, 2005

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 4 review with 1 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1
  • Posted June 29, 2009

    Not for me

    No good writing, no interesting stories, nothing to be learned about Jesus. Anne alternates between a few basic story lines: "I hate Bush and that's bad because Christians are supposed to love everyone", "raising a teenager by yourself is really hard", and "hey look at all the interesting and different friends I have (even a Buddhist teaches me about Jesus!)". And to make sure you remember it's a Christian book, she adds a cameo Jesus mention at the end of each story, tries to wrap it up in a little bow while shifting her tone for the take-home part of the story, like the cheesy music at the end of a romantic comedy that makes you think everything will end up swell again.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    There are too many Anne Lamotts in the world, all of them trying

    There are too many Anne Lamotts in the world, all of them trying hard to be profound while being cute. Perhaps if she ever read
    Tacitus and Suetonius, who recorded the truly ghastly last days of the Roman Empire, she would not be so defeated by the puerile follies and
    and stupidities of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and the rest.  Like the Roman Empire the American Empire is on its way out, and certain Roman
    senators simply went home and quietly opened their veins, so as to get it over with as quickly and quietly as possible. But they were mostly 
    Stoics.  Anne L and her clones are not Stoics; they are whiney, spoiled to death, middle-class children whose lives have not come up to the level of what they think
    they deserve, so they take refuge in alcohol, drugs, and self-pity. I hate to think that this woman thinks of herself as a Christian, but it does seem to me,
    following Kierkegaard's "Attack on Christendom," that the American church is now such a piece of hopeless fluff as not to deserve any commendations whatsoever.  Probably the
    last serious Christians were the members of the Confessing Church, like Bonhoeffer and Niemoller, who died for their faith in a distinctly non-whiny way under Hitler's regime.
    Speaking of Nazi Germany, it appears to me completely tragic that American 'Christians' like Lamott seem not to perceive the level of
    fascism America has now attained to, or the fact that as a totalitarian system, it is now the scourge of the world.  Iraq and Afghanistan are far
    from being our only victims, just the most recent.  And Goebbel's "Big Lie" is now firmly ensconsed in the American media in all
    its lying forms.
       My advice to Ms. Lamott is to lay down her pen and do something useful in the world, like clean kitchens, scrub toilets, or teach
    second graders how to sound out words.  Maybe, when she can undo those unbelievably horrible dreadlocks and look around her more clearly, she'll get an idea of how she can be useful at last.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2005

    A terrible book from a great author

    I loved Traveling Mercies so I was very excited about this new book. I was highly disappointed with her attitude and her bitterness. I could handle the fact that she is adamently against President Bush however her need to weave that hate into almost every single story she told went a little far. She was so whiny and so angry, I felt uncomfortable reading some of her stories. I felt like her views on what it means to be a Christian are also highly skewed.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 4 review with 1 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1