Synopses & Reviews
New York Times
-bestselling author Anne Lamott writes about the three simple prayers essential to coming through tough times, difficult days and the hardships of daily life.
Readers of all ages have followed and cherished Anne Lamott’s funny and perceptive writing about her own faith through decades of trial and error. And in her new book, Help, Thanks, Wow, she has coalesced everything she knows about prayer to these fundamentals.
It is these three prayers — asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what we have that is good, and feeling awe at the world around us — that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward. In Help, Thanks, Wow, 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 and honest as only Anne Lamott can be, Help, Thanks, Wow is the everyday faith book that new Lamott readers will love and longtime Lamott fans will treasure.
"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.
“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 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.” Booklist
“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)
About the Author
is the author of the New York Times
bestsellers Grace (Eventually)
, Plan B
, Traveling Mercies
and Operating Instructions
, as well as several novels, including Imperfect Birds
. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.
Sam Lamott is an inventor, designer, entrepreneur, and artist who lives in San Francisco.