Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith

Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith

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by Anne Lamott
     
 

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"Lamott has chronicled her wacky and (sometimes) wild adventures in faith in...the wonderful Grace (Eventually)." (Chicago Sun-Times)

In Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith, the author of the bestsellers Traveling Mercies and Plan B delivers a poignant, funny, and bittersweet primer of faith, as we come to discover

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"Lamott has chronicled her wacky and (sometimes) wild adventures in faith in...the wonderful Grace (Eventually)." (Chicago Sun-Times)

In Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith, the author of the bestsellers Traveling Mercies and Plan B delivers a poignant, funny, and bittersweet primer of faith, as we come to discover what it means to be fully alive.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Anne Lamott is...a swearing spiritual pundit who prays for redemption but brags about her offenses. Lamott's latest tell-all is Grace (Eventually): Thoughts of Faith, a searching memoir full of...offbeat spiritual humor. What makes Lamott's writing powerful isn't her unconventional faith. Rather, it's the profound message about God's grace and redemption often lurking underneath all the...brutal honesty." -Chicago Sun-Times "Lamott's self-deprecating stories are refreshingly frank and endearingly fun." -Washington Post
Anne Lamott knows that faith isn't easy: "I wish grace and healing were more abracadabra kinds of things," she writes, "that delicate silver bells would ring to announce grace's arrival. But no, it's clog and slog and scotch, on the floor, in silence, in the dark." In this new collection of essays, the author of Plan B grapples with problems of faith as they pop up in unexpected places, including an unpleasant carpet transaction and her changing relationship with her son. As always, Lamott's insightful reflections are infused with candor and her signature self-deprecating wit. A spiritual treasure in any season.
The Washington Post
It's the rare author who can write about faith without coming off like a preachy zealot or over-earnest schoolmarm. Lamott's self-deprecating stories are refreshingly frank and endearingly fun.
Los Angeles Times
There's no one quite like Anne Lamott. ... She manages to suggest that she's your ally, the funny best friend who knows instinctively that you've had these troubles, too. And perhaps that's why readers continue to find something fresh in everything she has to say.
San Francisco Chronicle
She's a wonderful writer, and very funny ... the imaginative imagery, the telling metaphors, the clever turns of phrase imbued with passion, heart and wit.
The Seattle Times
She observes her world with honed humor-and without a whiff of deceit or concealment. ... This is a Christian even an atheist could still respect in the morning.
Chicago Sun-Times
Lamott has chronicled her wacky and (sometimes) wild adventures in faith in ... the wonderful Grace (Eventually).
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Lamott has a knack for describing something that seems paradoxically true and startling, because no one has put it quite the same before.
Rocky Mountain News
In detailing her struggles as a flawed human to embody her Christian faith, Lamott may have found a subject that can inexhaustively fuel her writing for years to come, as it's a perfect conduit for her observational humor.
Booklist
These funny, smart, and prayerful essays-to-live-by contain just what readers expect from this nimble and candid writer: the unexpected. ... Like all artists, Lamott can riff inventively on the most commonplace themes.
Publishers Weekly

It would be easy to mistake this book for more of the same. Like Lamott's earlier spiritual nonfiction, Traveling Merciesand Plan B, it's a collection of essays, mostly previously published. The three books have strikingly similar covers and nearly identical subtitles. The familiar topics are here—Mom; her son, illness; death; addictions; Jesus; Republicans—as is the zany attitude. Not that repetitiveness matters; Lamott's faithful fans would line up to buy her shopping lists. But these recent essays show a new mellowness: "I don't hate anyone right now, not even George W. Bush. This may seem an impossibility, but it is true, and indicates the presence of grace or dementia, or both." With gentle wisdom refining her signature humor, Lamott explores helpfulness, decency, love and especially forgiveness. She explains the change: "Sometimes I act just as juvenile as I ever did, but as I get older, I do it for shorter periods of time. I find my way back to the path sooner, where there is always one last resort: get a glass of water and call a friend." Here's hoping that grace eventually persuades this older, wiser Lamott that her next nonfiction book should be wholly original. (Mar. 20)

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Library Journal
This third in a series (following Traveling Merciesand Plan B) records Lamott's attempts to live with grace. Now 20 years sober and the single mother of a 17-year-old son, the author shares 23 stories of her life, eight never before published. Covering everything from politics to child rearing to experiences teaching Sunday school, the essays are well written and heartfelt. Lamott is most effective when talking about her spiritual beliefs and how they developed over time. She gets her message across without being preachy, and she's never condescending, instead telling us what she did in certain situations and how it worked or didn't work. Constant references to her sobriety, weight issues, and curly hair are getting a bit repetitious after the two other books, but it's part of her charm, and fans won't be disappointed. Essential for libraries with the previous works. [See Prepub Alert, LJ11/1/06.]

By Constance Ashmore Fairchild, formerly with the Univ. of Illinois Libs., Urbana-Champaign


—Jennifer Kuncken

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594482878
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/26/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
317,658
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Anne Lamott is...a swearing spiritual pundit who prays for redemption but brags about her offenses. Lamott's latest tell-all is Grace (Eventually): Thoughts of Faith, a searching memoir full of...offbeat spiritual humor. What makes Lamott's writing powerful isn't her unconventional faith. Rather, it's the profound message about God's grace and redemption often lurking underneath all the...brutal honesty." -Chicago Sun-Times "Lamott's self-deprecating stories are refreshingly frank and endearingly fun." -Washington Post

Meet the Author

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; Traveling Mercies; and Operating Instructions, as well as several novels, including Imperfect Birds, Rosie and Crooked Little Heart. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in northern California.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Fairfax, California
Date of Birth:
1954
Place of Birth:
San Francisco, California
Education:
Attended Goucher College in Maryland before dropping out to write

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Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Faith based with a christian undertone. Each chapter had a kernal of deep wisdom, a zinger that leads the reader on to discover deeper meaning in life, in relationships, in deeper connection with Spirit
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a Bible-thumping, evangelical, fundamentalist experience, this is not the place for you. But if you're looking for a writer with wit and intelligence who takes Christian principles and applies them to the twenty-first century, look no further. Wake up, Copernicus! This might open your mind a bit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a more reflective book than Lamott¿s others. The tone is deeper, darker at times, and more reverent. It is just as honest and almost as funny, but the maturation that is going on inside her is so palpable that it trumps all else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book as I have loved everything Lamott has ever written. She helps me know that being Christian doesn't mean you can't be funny and honest about your faith--good days and bad days. I love the parts about her Mom, who sounds scarily like mine, I share her views on George W. and how horrifying his politics are and I particularly share her perspectives on motherhood. God bless Anne Lamott, if she rewrote the phone book I would read it and I'm sure it would be great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good reader for spiritual people
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing, I have read several of Anne's books and was looking forward to this one. This time her stories seemed to ramble on and found little Grace if any in several of her stories. I want the Anne of Traveling Mercies and Plan B back. Blunt, straight forward, funny, insightful. Somehow that Anne has been replaced.
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LipstickPrincess More than 1 year ago
I just love this book & I'm thrilled I could get a bargain on it. Anne Lamott is one of my absolute favorite contemporary authors, and this is another gem from her. She is funny, irreverent, raunchy, biting and at the same time poignant, loving, generous and spiritually very, very wise. We are the same age and though my life trajectory has been far more conventional than hers, I can relate to so much of what she writes about God, doubts & crises, politics, addiction, fear, body image, motherhood and middle age. She really DOES send me from belly laughs to tears in just a few pages! I recommend her to all my friends....and some of them actually like her! You have to be open-minded and open-hearted to appreciate her; in other words, you have to be a little like she is.
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fishgirl More than 1 year ago
If you like Anne's style, it's a great read. She's so open and honest about her faith, it's refreshing. It's okay to be a Christian and not be perfect and admit it. Thanks Anne. Keep writing.
CarolinaMama More than 1 year ago
Anne Lamott won my heart in the first chapter. I could relate to everything she said as she was baring her soul. We are imperfect and can be that way and still have faith and grace and all the good stuff. A wonderful and refreshing read. I finished the book with much hope that we can all find grace in our lives if we just keep searching - sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. We don't get grace because we earn it, we get it as a gift.
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CordeliaWI More than 1 year ago
I liked GRACE, EVENTUALLY because it struck me as a very honest book. Not everyone will agree with Anne's choices (lifestyle, parenting style, attitude toward religious icons, etc.), but she is always provocative and entertaining. She tries, like many of us, to be non-judgmental, but even in her most tolerant days she often finds herself pronouncing judgments.

So be it....and that, in my view, is her ultimate conclusion.
She's trying her best to achieve Grace....and she will, eventually.

Cordelia

I also recommend: DREAMS FROM MY FATHER (Barack Obama)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all books LaMott, so this will not be a surprise. Refreshing to find someone who shares so many of my own views. I think the folks who are panning this have not read any of her other books. My all time favorite is 'Operating Instructions'.