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Amy27, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by Amy27)
While reading this, I kept shouting Yes! and Amen! as if I were in church. While there is great sympathy and comfort in Ms. Lamott's words, there is not a trace of preachiness or judgment. If you're tired of well-meaning but misguided people telling you "everything happens for a reason" and "God has a better plan," this is a great alternative. It's like spending time with a dear friend who understands exactly what you're going through and wants you to know it's okay to feel the way you do. Buy copies for your friends who are dealing with grief or illness - it won't take away the pain, but it will let them know they aren't alone.
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njcur, March 27, 2013 (view all comments by njcur)
Wow! They say good things come in small packages and this is it! I have been recommending this book to all of my friends. I think it will be a great Help for everyone who picks it up. Anne Lamott has written a classic with this lovely title. I was really touched by the depth of this small book. And yet it has a lightness and a humor that makes it an easy and wonderful read. Thanks!
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lisamarie.artist, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by lisamarie.artist)
She wouldn't agree with being considered a Saint, much less my patron Saint. This book seals that title. It is refreshing, freeing and and will speak to your heart through Annie's honest spirituality. This book is a healing salve to all who are journeying through life looking for Truth, encouragement and a little bit of sanity.
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ConBrio, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by ConBrio)
Of the many great new books I read this year, this has been the most helpful. Anne Lamott's straightforward confrontations of the little difficulties we make for ourselves, plus her hilarious off-center sense of humor, make this a useful book to dip into any time I am feeling discouraged or out of sorts. That is why it beat out Oddly Normal and Waging Heavy Peace, my two runner-ups.
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WongKaiWen, December 25, 2012 (view all comments by WongKaiWen)
Do you like Anne Lamott's writing? I do, I've read every single thing she's ever written. She is probably the greatest influence on what and how I write; she gives voice to her petty struggling self and I try to do that too, because I secretly know that even you are petty, though no one would ever know that about you, so you are stuck all alone knowing that unless other people 'fess up. I love that about her. When I've been unable to read, at various times in my life, I've always found my way back to reading, and to life, through her books.
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The Three Essential Prayers
Lamott, Anne
Riverhead Books
Spirituality - General
Religion Western-Mysticism
Religion Comparative-General
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Lamott lovers get an extra treat this year even though the popular writer has already birthed a memoir about grandparenting (Some Assembly Required). Her newest will be a stocking stuffer for fans. It's small and very focused on God, who is clearly brought forward from his (or her) usual background presence in Lamott's writings. Equal parts 12 Step meeting in the church basement and walks on the beach, it's a prayer manual for people who wouldn't be caught dead reading prayer manuals. As such it may surprise, a bit, some of Lamott's most secular readers. But it takes a very familiar voice in a newish direction, and may attract younger readers whose religious preference is more offbeat than orthodox. It reads like it needed longer gestation or one more rewrite to go from casual-casual to casual-polished, but anybody who gets it as a holiday gift will likely just say, 'Thanks. Wow.' (Nov. 13)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , “Charmingly irreverent.”
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , “Practical and poetic advice on prayer.”
"Review" by , “An imaginative do-it-yourself approach to spirituality....With a stand-up comics 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.”
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , “[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.”
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