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Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  12,017 ratings  ·  963 reviews
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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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
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
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
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
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.
Apr 22, 2009 Leah rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
Jan 22, 2009 Laura rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
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
Cori Anderson
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
Aug 23, 2008 Elizabeth rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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.


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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
"Grace (Eventually)" is an exploration of that ever-tricky, ever-wonderful religious concept of grace, told in Lamott's signature style of sharp, painfully funny personal essays.

I give this a rating of three only because her political diatribes significantly detracted from the main point for me - not for the author, I should add, whose deeply felt belief in liberal social justice is intertwined with her faith. I admire that even as I find myself disagreeing with a lot of it and wishing she woul
Holly Rusak
I absolutely loved this book. I read it in a day, although, to be fair, some pages are blank since all chapters/essays start on the right page.

This is my first book by Lamott. I knew nothing about her before reading, but it was recommended by so many of my friends, I was intrigued. I borrowed it from the library, but wish I had bought it. It would be marked and highlighted and flagged all over. As it was, I settled for copying down my favorite passages.

I expected a very light, happy, and (I sa
If nothing else, Anne Lamott's non-fiction is both brutally and (at times) hysterically honest. This book is a series of personal essays on the topic of grace and how she finds grace in the world, often when she's least expecting it because she's behaving in a less-than-grace-worthy fashion. That's where the brutal honesty comes in, and it's therefore easy to relate to many of her accounts since we all have our less than stellar, total bitch-y moments. A major theme in this book is that it is at ...more
Anne Lamott has written a series of essays dealing with faith within the context of the realities of daily life that makes readers feel as if she has been where they are in their spiritual journeys. While many of the same topics crop up in these essays as in previous books--Anne's family, her addictions, and her politics, in this volume, love, charity, empathy, and forgiveness take center stage. Anne confesses that she has even stopped hating some of her prime targets, saying, "I don't hate anyo ...more
Annette McLeod
the only other lamott i've read was bird by bird, which i loved. i've been feeling the pull of a spiritual being myself lately, and loved her personal evidence that finding grace doesn't have to make you joyless and boring, which contravenes what i took away from a grim presbyterian background,. my spiritual reading of any kind has barely begun so i have little for comparison, but i gave this book 5 stars because the writing itself is gorgeous and that's a rare gift. no one plies a metaphor bett ...more
Lanny Carlson
If I didn't disagree with her so completely on the abortion issue,
I would probably have given this book 5 stars!
Seriously, this book is incredible
for it honesty, its humor, and its deep faith.
Ann Moffat is a Christian, but not in the simplistic way
reflected in so many "Christian" books.
Hers is a faith that emerges in the midst of life's messiness -
the messiness of her own life,
marred with alcohol, drugs, promiscuity, and abortions;
and by a difficult childhood and a mother with whom she continu
Sandy Michalka
Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
This review is the third of three reviews of books that seem to me go together. Part A is Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder and Part B is The Forgotten Affairs of Youth by Alexander McCall Smith. And they are connected in my mind by their interesting, enlightening and unique explorations of the fundamental questions at the center of life. They each show how children motivate people to confront previously unexplored concepts of morality and ethi
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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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