Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair

Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair

by Anne Lamott
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Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never read an author who can express her feelings so vividly. It is a true gift from God to be able to interpret life in such a matter-of-fact way. I'm almost envious of Ms Lamott's' ability to accept life on life's terms and enjoy the relationships formed along the way. Reading this book made me realize I need to appreciate more and worry less.
Read-by-Glowlight More than 1 year ago
Anne Lamott, a brilliant author and out-of-the-box Christian, is not afraid of asking the tough questions. Why is there so much suffering in the world? Why do good people die before their time? What can we say or do when someone we care about is suffering? Without giving any pat answers, Anne explores these and other life questions. As always, her writing is beautiful and engaging, drawing us in. She shares deeply personal stories that resonate. She is raw, personal, and likeable. She makes us feel like we are her friends as she takes us through chapter after chapter. I picked up this book for myself, and then later purchased a copy for a friend whose father had died. I highly recommend it.
marymaryOK More than 1 year ago
For anyone whose life is upset and upside down from loss or impending loss. Lamott, who uses the fewest words to make a point, is spot on with uplifting thoughts. Not schlocky overused phrases, but meaningful stories and observations.
Maepostrophe More than 1 year ago
I wasn’t expecting much from this book. The cover mentioned hope and I frankly could use the positivity. Twenty pages in, I was already blown away. Lamott was telling me what I needed to hear. Heck, there was even a mention of Oakland (where I’m from). The book is recent and mentions the Sandy Hook tragedy several times.  What I liked most about this book is that it is NOT your new edition of “Chicken Soup for the Tragic Person’s Soul.” This book is NOT about how to learn how to keep your happy face on at all times. It IS about finding meaning, dealing with the difficult things in life one piece at a time and finding the lesson in each moment of suffering. Maybe it’s because my life appears to draw on similar parallels to which Lamott wrote about in her essays. Or maybe the timing was just right. Reading this book didn’t necessarily give me clarity on all the dark parts of my life, but it did shed a little light. And yes, I felt a little more optimistic about things than I usually do. 
ReadingForFunAndJoy More than 1 year ago
I approached this book with great skepticism. It was recommended to me because I'm dealing with my daughter's and husband's major health issues. Being a humanist agnostic, I knew of Anne Lamott as a Christian writer. Being particularly frazzled one morning, I picked up this book. In a short time, I became amazingly calm and thoughtful, experiencing an awareness that there are many others dealing with such challenges. My expected sensitivity to the author's references to God and Christianity was softened by her personal openness and honesty and her real lack of dogmatism. I'm so glad to have discovered this book.   
okieguy More than 1 year ago
I like to think I am pretty well grounded in most of my beliefs. However, when I become complacent with those beliefs along comes Ann with an out of the box observation that me a "never thought about that" moment. If you like to be asked to think out of the box about complacent stuff then Stitches and Lamott are your sort of adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was somewhat disappointed in this book due to it being so short, not much written about her son, her church or the people that added to the fabric being stitched together...I have read several of her books and just didn't arrive at the same place as I had previously, which is that made me laugh, cry, ponder, share...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've all of her books..the non-fiction ones.. and I think this one may be the best. It was for me anyway. My husband died not long ago, and one of my children suffers from addictions to various substances. Life isn't easy, but as the old song goes: "I've got the sun in the morning and the moon at night", and with books like this one, I'm allright. Thank you, Ms Lamott.
roena More than 1 year ago
This is just the kind of book I was looking for to read over the Christmas holidays. I finished it in two readings. I was surprised to learn that Anne Lamott was from the San Francisco Bay area. I knew a lot of the locations she was describing. I did think it was inspiring and useful, I thought it would go a lot deeper into loss of a loved one and while part of it does not the whole book does. I did turn down some pages, and know I will be rereading again as they apply too my life. I must admit that I am very curious about her other books. I do like the way she compared life to sewing, I remember my mom with the darn sock tool, I still have it, I think. I will use the info in the book, but can't say that I have yet.
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Love her style. Love her outlook. Makes me think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is mediocre compared to most of this author's work. It did not leave me inspired like most everything else she has written. It could have been incorporated with Help, Thanks, Wow rather than sold as a separate book.
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Boring, if i kept my receipt would gladly return bact to the store.
warmth More than 1 year ago
I read it and it's the first book in 34 years I want my money back on. the book wasn't stitched together well (pun intended) it left me with a bad view of the author and the publisher that would publish this book.