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Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
     

Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

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by Anne Lamott
 

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Anne Lamott is known for her perceptive and funny writings about spirituality. Readers 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

Overview

Anne Lamott is known for her perceptive and funny writings about spirituality. Readers 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 audiobook that new Lamott listeners will love and longtime Lamott fans will cherish.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“[A] prayer manual for people who wouldn't be caught dead reading prayer manuals... anybody who gets it as a holiday gift will likely just say, 'Thanks. Wow.'” —Publishers Weekly

“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

“Charmingly irreverent.” —MORE Magazine

“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

“Practical and poetic advice on prayer.” —The Oregonian

“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

Library Journal
The very popular Lamott (Bird by Bird ) claims here that prayer boils down to the three exclamations of the title—it seems like a reductive claim, but Lamott, an unusually hip, demotic, urbane kind of Christian, is a naturally expansive and chatty writer. These blog-like reflections exhibit the author’s usual fluency and charm. ¬
VERDICT A worthy successor to her prior works, this brief book will delight Lamott’s regular readers, and likely draw new readers to her writing and to the ideas behind prayer.

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Kirkus Reviews
A refreshingly simple approach to spiritual practice in a pint-sized reflection on prayer. As the title of her book implies, Lamott (Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son, 2012, etc.) has taken an enormously complex and often debated topic and boiled it down to three basic elements that transcend doctrine or creed. Though in her previous books the author has been forthright about her Christianity, here she begins with a prelude that assures readers she's not even remotely interested in trying to tell them who or what God is; she's simply asking them to consider that there's a Divine Being willing to run the show. How is one to get that process going? Prayer. More specifically, Lamott touts the spiritual power in powerlessness, gratitude and wonder. The three sections of the book aren't solely about each one-word prayer; they're more a running conversation about their collective influence in her life. "Help" is a complete prayer, writes Lamott, and uttering it creates space for solutions that humans have neither thought of nor could pull off on their own. In what at first may seem like a jumbled mashup of stories and reflections, 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. And those commodities go a long way, she writes, in terms of making a Divine connection that brings a measure of hope and peace. Though fans may be dismayed at the brevity of the book, there's more here than meets the eye.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781491515969
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
04/29/2014
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.50(d)

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What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
“Charmingly irreverent.”
MORE magazine

“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

“Practical and poetic advice on prayer.”
The Oregonian 

“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] prayer manual for people who wouldn’t be caught dead reading prayer manuals… anybody who gets it as a holiday gift will likely just say, ‘Thanks. Wow.’”
Publishers Weekly

“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

“[With Lamott’s] usual fluency and charm…A worthy successor to her prior works…[Help, Thanks, Wow] will delight Lamott’s regular readers, and likely draw new readers to her writing.”
Library Journal (starred review)
 

Meet the Author

Anne Lamott is the New York Times bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; StitchesSome Assembly RequiredGrace (Eventually)Plan BTraveling Mercies; Bird by Bird; Operating Instructions, and the forthcoming Hallelujah Anyway. She is also the author of several novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. 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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Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
bookladygran More than 1 year ago
Please don't let the reviews that reflect opinions on the length of the sample rather than the actual content keep you away from this humorous and beautiful publication.  I love Anne Lamott's writing style and this book lifted my spirits during a very challenging time in my life.  For me, it is one of those books that you want to have in ebook form to always have with you, as well as to actually buy in hardcover print so you can also give a copy to all of your friends and family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne Lamott gets it. Her insights help me laugh, cry, and not give up hope. I first heard of her 19 years ago when I was a new mom and an independent bookstore recommended her book about her son's first year of life. Now her books are available anywhere. In this journey of life I'm glad I have Anne's thoughts to help me. And this newest book offers more of what I have come to expect from her, grace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne Lamott makes the most profound feelings resonate with wit and insight. She tells her own jounrys with great courage and honesty. Annie brings faith and prayer down to the basics. What more do you need?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Drives me crazy when you are unsure about a book so you look at the sample and it's 6 pages long and all you get are the credits.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simple yet so hard for some of us. Wonderful little book. A few sentences did not seem to connect to the whole and were a little rabbit trailish and rambly, which knocked off a star. Sorry bout that. I'd have chosen just a sliver of a star, but it wasn't an option.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you've read Lamott before, you could probably connect to her writing style and seemingly haphazard way of communicating. She is honest, poignant, and you have to be able pick up on her witty references through your background knowledge, or perhaps age. One may miss her one line Janis Joplin quotes if you did not grow up listening to her! Anyone who broaches the topic of spirituality in our society today needs to be applauded. We do so lack this most vital part of our existence. So many of our youth lack the exposure to some form of peaceful existence and know not how to relish the simple joys of nature and spirit within oneself. This book came at a time when I needed reflection and to reconnect with my own thoughts of the importance of our inner spirit and the existence and support of a Greater Being. Just purchased a second copy for a family member who is coping with stress and a lack of peace. All may not benefit from this book, but it is worth giving it a try to support a loved one!
MahMah More than 1 year ago
I normally don't go in for books that attempt to offer spiritual grace or salvation thru the use of prayer -- but this book grabbed me mainly because of the author's plain, down to earth use of words like "HELP", "THANKS" and "WOW", which are words that all of us utter at one time or another whether or not we're using them to get in touch with a 'Higher Power' -- or whether or not one even believes in a 'Higher Power'? So I say thankyou, thankyou, thankyou to author, Anne Lamott, for keeping the mechanics of prayer simple, sincere and within the realm of possibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this small book about what prayers are or could be. Annie Lamott is one of my favorite writers. She is down to earth and real.
MsMathy More than 1 year ago
Garunteed: if you've liked any of Ms Lamott's books (the non-fiction ones) in the past, you will enjoy this one as well. If you've never read any of her books this isn't a bad introduction. She's insightful, honest, self-deprecating, humorous, and full of a faith that makes one want to have the same kind of spiritual eyes on the world that she has. My only complaint is that the book was too short!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With her usual humor and frankness, the author offers a simple yet profound discussion on prayer. I appreciated her first person accounts of the meaning of "asking", of "being grateful" and of "awe" - perhaps the cornerstones of deepening spirituality. I especially liked the "wow" section - acknowledging what we often can't put into words.
groneng More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books I have read in a long time.  I was so sad when I finished it and was ready to read it over again immediately!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredibly crappy sample! Didn't get to page one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lamont's purpose it seemed was to convince the reader that basically there are three reasons one chooses to pray- to ask for "help", express gratitude or acknowledge something that blows you away. It is an easy read but I was hoping for more depth to the subject matter. For someone who is just beginning a prayer life, it would be a good introduction. Been practicing for 33 yrs so This book was too much of an "intro" course.
kbhe More than 1 year ago
Great way to reconnect with God and explain prayer so that it real!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent read. Short but very powerful. They say when the student is ready the teacher will appear. Need I say more?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne Lamott is one of my favorite authors and this is a wonderful book. It offers a unique and encompassing view of prayer and hope for anyone of any faith (or lack thereof).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who decides how long a sample should be? You can't call a few pages a sample if it contains absolutely nothing of the author's actual work! Barnes and Noble can do better than this. If the publishers or authors don't want to give a real sample, they should be made to realalize that they are not doing themselves a favor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne L. could not have written this book any better. Love her, and will read all her books! :-) 
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For Mariah.
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