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Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith

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The sharp, funny, and heartfelt follow-up to her bestselling Plan B, Anne Lamott's newest collection is a personal exploration of the faith and grace all around us. In Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith, Lamott examines the ways we're caught in life's most daunting predicaments: love, mothering, work, politics, and maybe toughest of all, evolving from who we are to who ...more
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Published March 20th 2007 by Riverhead Hardcover
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Kate
Annie, we need to talk.

First of all, why do you keep telling the same stories and quips over and over, repeating yourself like a demented party guest? Remember Jesus drinking gin straight out of the cat dish? Let's get back to that type of hilarious creativity. But let us never speak of Jesus as a 13 year old punk again. It was funny the first time in Plan B. When you brought it up in this very next book, verbatim, I physically cringed.

Also, nature is lovely and healing and all, but I got bored
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Ana
Mar 15, 2008 Ana rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
Hmmmm. . .I noticed a lot of really negative reviews about this book by folks who are Anne Lamott fans. I did enjoy it and, yes, as other reviewers noted it is more of the same of what we were given in Traveling Mercies & Plan B, but I don't know that I would expect anything different from her.

The reviews that were negative sounded to me as if folks expected Lamott to reveal some sort of progressive "improvement" in her approach to life--instead she is honest about her daily struggles to be
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Mar 12, 2016 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
I seem to have forgotten to add this book to my book log, probably because as soon as I finished it, I started reading it again. I can’t write rationally about Lamott anyway; it’s like trying to write logically about your first junior high crush when you are thirteen. Here’s my truth about her: I try to get her books on the day they come out…I read them once and then I read them again…I try to find them on audio and listen to them again…I force other people to read her books, even agnostic frien ...more
Joel
Jul 18, 2009 Joel rated it it was ok
I don't know that this was the way I should have been introduced to the writing of Anne Lamott. I have so many friends who just love her books, writing, honesty, and faith. There were times where I laughed out loud reading about her skiing efforts, her experiences with Sam as a mother and her dog getting lost, her mishaps and successses. But the abortion rant put me off a great deal. And I think the central conflict in the life of the author was her hatred of George W. Bush as a president. I am ...more
Kyla
Aug 02, 2007 Kyla rated it liked it
I keep reading Anne LaMott to reassure myself that my deep, dark aetheist soul can read about religion without wanting to throw something across the room. Kind of a hodge-podge of essays with the humility and confession we've come to expect but not exactly cohesive or anything, it has a slapped together feel. Whatever, after reading tales of her years of struggle, go on, make as much money as you can or want to Anne.
Anna
Mar 11, 2009 Anna rated it liked it
Anne Lamott should edit out her vitriol toward GW Bush and Cheney when she writes a purported book on faith. It alienated me, and I'm not even among their fans.
With regard to the portion of the book that was about faith, I was amused and moved by some of her anecdotes - the weekend she freaked out in jealousy over the very new financial success of a happily married couple she was friends with, the many small miracles that occurred the afternoon she agreed to assist in teaching a dance class for
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Leah
Apr 22, 2009 Leah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: non-obnoxious christians, atheists who want examples of non-obnoxious christians
I know that everything about this book should say RUN! RUN! The author is a recovering alchoholic, born-again Christian, hippie from Northern California *with dreaklocks!*. Aparently, she and Derrick Jensen have a lot of drama, which is, of course, utterly hilarious.
But don't be swayed by crabby Ol'Derrick's accusations that she is a vapid liberal.
Anne Lamont is intensely likable, unprentious, self-depracting and goofy. I don't even hate her for being a former coke head or a current hippie
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Mary
Oct 24, 2009 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This is a book of essays on grace, and there are good stories in it. But (a) I listened to it on CD and found the author's voice really annoying and (b) kept being struck by how little grace I was finding in it. I loved Bird by Bird, because I thought the author displayed some of the frailty, the humanity, that writers share. She didn't write like a literary god, she wrote like someone you know. And she writes like that in this book, too. But for me, I kept coming to the conclusion that the auth ...more
Bookish
Dec 31, 2014 Bookish rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, read-2009
I am 4/5 of the way trough this book, and I loathe it. The only reason I am finishing it is because I want to review it properly. However, I can tell you that I'm EXTREMELY disappointed. Thankfully it is short.

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Thank you, Lord, I am finally finished with this piece of drivel.

This book should have been named Ann Lamott (Continuously): Thoughts on Myself, as that is ALL she talks about. If she wanted to write yet another memoir (of sorts), then entitle it & market it as suc
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Laura
Jan 22, 2009 Laura rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one!
Recommended to Laura by: I wish I could remember
This is the first book by Anne Lamott I have tried reading, and it is also the last! Her thoughts on faith seem to me more like thoughts about herself. I don't understand how thoughts on faith can have so little to do with God or Jesus. I wasn't finding the book particularly interesting or inspiring, but thought I would keep reading. Then I came to the chapters about how she once assisted with a suicide and how she adamantly supports abortion, and even seems proud to have had more than one. I kn ...more
Adam
Feb 12, 2014 Adam rated it it was ok
So help me, I really wanted to enjoy this. My wife is a fan of Anne Lamott, so I pulled this book off our shelf and set out to acquaint myself with her. Now I deeply wish I had chosen a different book.

First, the title is misleading. These essays are rarely "thoughts on faith," but more correctly "thoughts on the messiness of Anne Lamott's life." There's nothing wrong with having a messy life and writing about it, but the title led me to think I would find insights into the faith journey of a wo
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Tabatha
Mar 02, 2011 Tabatha rated it did not like it
I found this book to be not about grace, but about the author telling her story to help herself. She appears to have very little
grace if you don't agree with her political or social views which seem quite narrow minded for a liberal. Implying that George
Bush is responsible for the failed economy and potential closing of the Salinas, CA public libraries is one example. I seriously doubt the poorest town
in California collapsed economically solely during the Bush era. It seems almost a part politic
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Rose
May 31, 2011 Rose rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Ehhhh... Traveling Mercies much much better. The only thing I got out of this was that Anne Lamott has way more time on her hands than I do to think about how much existential angst she has and how much she hates George Bush and Dick Cheney.
Judy
May 19, 2014 Judy rated it it was ok
Anne Lamott has many endearing traits as a memoirist. She can be very funny and has a lovely command of language. In the first story of this collection, I found her sympathetic and self-aware as she described growing out of a troubled period in her 20s, when she drank too much, took too many drugs, and "accidentally" ended up sleeping with other women's husbands. The title of the book, Grace (Eventually) seemed to promise she would find her way.

But unless you share her reflexive, rigid and seem
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Cori Anderson
Aug 22, 2014 Cori Anderson rated it it was amazing
I found a new author! Well, new to me. I love libraries. I love books! (see the connection?) I love libraries that always have books to sell. Where I live there are 5 public libraries within 2 miles of me! (heaven!) 1 of them in particular always has a nice selection of books for sale and often I meet new "friends" there. Anne Lamott is one of them. I was only a page or two into this book when I found myself laughing out loud!
(I should say that I am waiting for my son who is beginning OGT testi
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Michelle
Dec 06, 2007 Michelle rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I have been a die-hard Anne Lamott fan for the past 12+ years. Maybe this is a case of listening to your favorite album in high school over and over until you just can't hear it one more time. (Good God did I just type the word album?) I started this book and Lamott still writes with her great sarcastic wit, profound spirituality, and honesty intermixed with her parenting struggles, but this time, despite the many pieces of good spiritual advice I came across, I found myself shirking from readin ...more
Jessica
Dec 08, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it
A lot of the reviews I've read of this book from fans of Lamott's are rather harsh, so perhaps it works out in my favor that I'm going into this totally unfarmiliar with her work. As a newcomer, I really enjoyed it, even though it wasn't entirely what I was expecting.

Lamott has a unique, lyrical, absolutely beautiful style of writing that instantly draws the reader in. It's clear that she tries to see joy in everything and everyone (part of one essay is devoted to her- sucessful, I might add- a
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Elizabeth
Sep 04, 2010 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Just reading the other reviews of this book took me on an emotional roller coaster--since I agreed with much of the praise as well as the criticism--so you can imagine what reading the book did. Anne Lamott is one of the most gifted writers I've known, with a unique voice and unusual blend of vivid intensity, self-deprecating humor, and raw honesty about her own neuroses and judgmental attitudes, swirled around with a "born again" faith and intense willingness to fight for most underdogs. I can' ...more
Elizabeth
Aug 23, 2008 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anne Lamott fans
I just became aware that there was an Anne Lamott book, a new one, that I haven't read yet. Old enough to be out in paperback. So I picked it up at the beach and read it in an afternoon/evening (finished at midnight).

I truly love Anne Lamott, and so I suppose I am willing to be more forgiving of this book, just like you overlook the faults of a family member because they're usually a lot of fun to be with. Anne Lamott is usually someone who keeps me in stitches, but I think I only managed a few
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David
I loved Anne Lamott's Traveling Mercies when I read it years ago. It is inevitable that I will compare this book to that, and I did not feel that this book was as great.

Anne's writing quality is still above average; she writes in easy to read prose and paints beautiful pictures with words. Many of her stories wonderfully illustrate themes of grace and trust in God. At the same time, there is not much here that will be memorable. Perhaps the biggest problem with the book is her near constant, in
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RuthAnn
Dec 12, 2012 RuthAnn rated it did not like it
Would recommend: No

I chose this book because I found Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith to be interesting and thought-provoking. This book, however, was excessively, provokingly political, and the wandery style grated on me after a while. Instead of "Thoughts on Faith," a more fitting subtitle might be, "Random Stories Loosely Related to Somewhat Spiritual Thoughts, but Mostly Why I Hate the Bush Administration." Now, I am no great lover of Bush, but please. That is not what I signed on f
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Karen Thompson
Mar 19, 2013 Karen Thompson rated it did not like it
I can only count this as 1/2 in my book total. I honestly can't take it anymore. I'm sure there is a message about faith in there somewhere, but Lamott can't seem to get off her soap box about every conservative politician she can name. I ended my pursuits on her thoughts on faith when she said something about trying to blame the rain on President Bush. She went to great lengths in a previous chapter to explain how she let go of her hatred of him, but I suspect she might want to revisit that aga ...more
Homeschoolmama
Feb 27, 2016 Homeschoolmama rated it it was ok
Ugh. As a fan of Anne Lamott, I have to say this is not one of Anne's best books. There are WAY too many political rants in this one. It was readable, but I had to skip many chapters b/c it was annoyingly full of political vitriol. And the title thoughts on faith leads one to believe that the content will be just that- thoughts on faith. This was more a compilation of anecdotes with some mention of grace. I'm moving on to another book of hers which I hope will be better.
Linda
Jul 01, 2016 Linda rated it did not like it
Recommended to Linda by: Jen Booth
I made it to page 75 before I grew weary of the egocentrism and annoyed at the gratuitous GOP-bashing in almost every single chapter. That didn't seem much like grace to me, but maybe that happens (eventually). It's a pity because I loved Lamott's writing style.
Maureen
Jan 14, 2011 Maureen rated it it was amazing
This was fabulous. I read Bird by Bird several years ago, but then forgot about Anne Lamott. Glad I found this one. Her style is so easy to read - it's more like a conversation as she struggles and achieves a life filled with grace.
Bryn Clark
Feb 07, 2016 Bryn Clark rated it it was ok
I read this book on a layover at O'Hare airport. Enough said.

But not quite: this book was disappointing on numerous levels. Much of it is repetitive musings about raising a child that the reader never really gets to know other than as a catalyst for the author's own navel-gazing. That sounds unfair, but I don't mean it to be. Each chapter included a very dated and self-righteous musing on how George Bush destroyed the world. I mean I get it; I'm a pacifist. But after a while all I wanted to say
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Jen
Feb 25, 2010 Jen rated it it was amazing
I loved this audio book. I felt like I was being embraced or wrapped up in a warm cozy blanket while listening to this. It was like therapy. Not everything was fully relatable to my life experience or ways of viewing the world, but the nuggets that were, rang true so deeply that I felt like I know Anne Lamott personally and would love to have her as a friend. There were so many instances when I wanted to shout "yes!" or "exactly!". Grace is a beautiful, beautiful thing, and it's exemplified wond ...more
elissa
Yesterday was a difficult 6 year anniversary, as well as a difficult one-week anniversary. Lamott's essays about faith were a soothing balm, and I gobbled up about half of this book on and off, as I did other things yesterday afternoon. It came to me in a weird way, too, in that another librarian at my branch had put a hold on it, because she had forgotten that she had already read it. I stuck a note in it last Saturday when I saw her hold, asking her to let me know how it was. Yesterday she han ...more
Gail
Apr 17, 2008 Gail rated it it was ok
Having heard so many great things about Ms. Lamott, I thought I'd have no trouble tackling this book.

But, and maybe I just picked the wrong title of hers to start with, I must admit that I didn't walk away from reading this book all warm and fuzzy inside.

"Grace Eventually" was released just last year, and it's obvious that pretty much the only thing Lamott had on her brain when writing this was the war in Iraq. And how much she detests it. And Bush. And Cheney ... the whole gang.

It's not that I
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Kara
Mar 03, 2015 Kara rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Several of the chapters in this book read more like stream-of-consciousness journal entries rather than tightly crafted essays, so I felt the book was uneven in tone and quality. But I enjoyed reading several of the chapters, particularly those on becoming more Christlike. For example, I've never considered what Christ would do when confronted with a dishonest merchant who had stolen $50 from him. Righteous anger? Loving forgiveness? I'm more the righteous anger type, but Ms. Lamott acted with l ...more
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Anne Lamott is an author of several novels and works of non-fiction. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, her non-fiction works are largely autobiographical, with strong doses of self-deprecating humor and covering such subjects as alcoholism, single motherhood, and Christianity. She appeals to her fans because of her sense of humor, her deeply felt insights, and her outspoken views on topics such ...more
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