Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Help, Thanks, Wow

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Help, Thanks, Wow

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HELP, THANKS, WOW

By Anne Lamott (Riverhead Books, 2012)

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Leave it to Anne Lamott to take something that feels overwhelming, then put it on our plates and cut it up for us into pieces that we can easily manage. So it is with prayer, says Lamott in Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers.

The assumption of the book is that our prayer lives tend to get distanced from us and from their essence. How to get back to the pith of prayer, and why we should, are the guiding lights of the book. Lamott's way is very well lit, in the down-to-earth style that has endeared so many readers to her. There are moments in this book where one wonders if her style couldn't have used a bit more refinement, but it's nothing that will keep us from eating every bite of what she serves up.

Because Lamott is able to admit the sources of pain in her own life (she's a recovering alcoholic and addict, and a Christian convert), we start thinking it might be just fine if we show up with ours, too. …

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