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Few people can write about faith, parenting, and relationships as can the talented, irreverent Anne Lamott. With characteristic black humor, ("Everyone has been having a hard time with life this year; not with all of it, just the waking hours") she updates us on the ongoing mayhem of her life since Traveling Mercies, and continues to unfold her spiritual journey.

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Jen
Mar 12, 2010 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spiritual ragamuffins
On re-reading this, I am finding much more to like. She's definitely the kind of girl who wouldn't go to the bathroom with a toothpick at a barbecue, and I like that...the oh fucks, the shitty days, the raw admittance of real struggles, past and present. Like teeth grinding while quitting cocaine and bad boyfriends all the way to grief over losing a pet but also wanting to gather a small pile of stones just in case you need to resort to the Old Testament stoning method for a moody, rebellious t...more
Judith
Mar 26, 2007 Judith rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: almost everyone who's ever felt human
I love Anne LaMott. In fact, on my trip to northern California next weekend to the Mt. Hermon Christian Writer's Assoc. I am bugging out on Sunday to drive a rental car to Marin County to attend her church and just MAKE her be my friend and read my book. Our lives run parallel, only I realized it before she did as she got off her duff sooner than did I.

We are both single moms. We both share recovery from addiction. We both have memorable hair, hers in dreadlocks, mine sticking straight up from m...more
Melinda
Jul 14, 2007 Melinda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are interested in authentic spirituality
Shelves: essays
I read this book on a binge. Started it and couldn't put it down, the reading equivalent of a bag of chocolate chip cookies in front of the T.V. I've read her other books and still think Bird by Bird is the best book on writing I've ever read, but this one kinda snuck up on me. At first, I thought it was just going to be some funny bits, some thoughts on spirituality, and some ranting about Bush. Then, when Lamott suggests that she'll finally be able to forgive W. when they're sitting side by si...more
Cori
Anne Lamott is sort of off her rocker. And I love her so very much for this. Whereas so many Christian writers seem pulled together, even in the worst of times, Lamott is not. She struggles like the rest of us. She cries. She yells. She says things she doesn’t mean (and says mean things she does mean). She has no idea what she’s doing most of the time. Yet she still manages to practice a very real grace to those around her. She loves deeply, and practices real forgiveness. She is self-depricatin...more
Deborah
I think that Anne Lamott may be my favorite author right now. This is the second book I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Since I believe in God, I love reading books by other believers who aren't ashamed of their faith. Anne Lamott is such an author, but her books are by no means preachy or self-righteous. Instead, she writes with humor and honestly about her struggles with every day life as she tries to survive in these crazy times, raise her teen-aged son and be an authentic Christ...more
Sarah
May 30, 2012 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Jill
Overall, so well written. Maybe Lamott should have let some time pass before publishing her anti-Bush rants. One, it's so bitter. Two, it dates the book. Three, it takes away from the more lovely, insightful essays. Example: my favourite essay is "heat" (chapter 9). In it Lamott reveals all that's annoying about being a parent.

Ex: "One reason I think we get so angry with our children is that we can. Who else is there that you can talk to like this? Can you imagine saying to your partner, "You g...more
Lisa Allender
"Bird By Bird" was recommended to me by the fabulously talented Pearl Cleage, when I encountered her after her appearance(to promote her, at-that-time-upcoming book, "What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day") at Agnes Scott's Lit Fest. I believe this was in 1997 or 1998.
I read the book with excitement, and Anne Lamott(as well as Ms. Cleage) are favorite authors to this day.
"Plan B" was published in 2005, just a short time after the 2004 election.
Let me give you the first few lines of "Plan B"....more
Eric_W
I suppose it's a little strange that I would really like this book given it's spiritual overtones, but Anne Lamott's unique blend of humor, observations on relationships and life in general ("Everyone has been having a hard time with life this year; not with all of it, just the waking hours"), not to mention her caustic comments about Bush even as she struggles to love him because her faith insists on it, should win over just about everyone. She can have you moved to tears as she describes the p...more
Julie
Anne Lamott captures some powerful truths in this book...I hope I never forget the section below...

"What are you supposed to do, when what is happening can't be? When it's all too scary and weirdly fascinating and grim, and the old rules no longer apply? I remember this feeling when my mother was in the last stages of Alzheimer's, when my brothers and I needed so much more to go on than we had -- explanations, plans, a tour guide, and hope that it really wasn't going to be all that bad. But then...more
Shauna
This book was at times funny, engaging, and earnest. I enjoyed the author's honesty and willingness to take on SOME topics - around parenting, for example - that are rarely broached. Over all, however, I found it a self-indulgent, obsessive endeavor on the part of the author.

The stories were held loosely together by the "faith" thread - but Ms. Lamott didn't engage thoughtfully or analytically with the topic of faith. It just happens that she's a member of a church and the community of her chur...more
Amanda Nelson
My fingers are itching for some good, progressive, thoughtful, brainy, and crazy Christian writings, and Anne Lamott totally scratches that itch. She spends a lot of time considering how Jesus wouldn't like how much she hates George W. Bush, and about forcing her son to go to church, and about her dreadlocks and about loving her jiggly body bits, and about feeding the poor. She alternatively refers to God as He, She, and It. As someone who was raised in the South by Republican, Baptist parents,...more
Kari Yergin
I listened to this one, too. I like her writing much more than I like her reading. I love her stories and some of her words are so wise, but I got really sick of the her passionate but dated complaints about Bush.

"We figured out that ppl who make farting noises and weapons out of doritos should not determine what we do and don't do in class. There's a lovely hasidic story of a rabbi who always told his ppl that if they studied for the torah they would put scripture on their hearts. One of them...more
Adam
uber quick read- but entertaining with some nice nuggets of truth thrown in as well. very stream of consciousness style which is easy and enjoyable, and often skim-able.
Marie
Irreverent, provocative, stream of consciousness essays on life, politics, and faith.
Candice
A while ago our home group read Grace Eventually by Anne Lamott and I liked it quite a bit, even though most of our home group didn’t. Anne is a woman after my own heart (and she says Don Miller is after hers as well, so it’s all good!). She writes: “I have a lot of faith. But I am also afraid a lot, and have no real certainty about anything.” My good friend Heidi was thinking about me when she visited the dollar store, saw Plan B on the shelf and bought it. I’m so thankful she did!

Plan B is ac...more
MizzSandie
There's something very liberating and courageous about someone who is not afraid to admit their shortcomings, their fears, their resentments towards others and themselves - exposing the dark side of themselves to the light for all the world to see.
And in admitting and owning up to their vulnerable, pitiful Self, there is healing.
On part of both the speaker and the listener.

By telling our stories of how we hurt, love, grow, falter, rejoice, break down, mess up, clean up, own up, blame, judge, le...more
Devon
Just a few passages that struck me:

The Church of 80% Sincerity (109-110)
-80% sincerity is about as good as it's going to get. So is 80% compassion. 80% celibacy. So 20% of the time, you just get to be yourself.
-This is contrary to everything society leads us to believe - that it's 100% or nothing
-In the Church of 80% Sincerity, everyone has come to understand that unconditional love is a reality, but with a shelf life of about 8 to 10 seconds. Instead of beating yourself up because you feel it o...more
Kristen
Reading this book made me feel good. It's funny and honest and sprinkled with profanity, but in the end, every essay is life-affirming and love-affirming.

She's so good, she made me consider going to church sometime. That's no small thing. I am a non-religious but open-minded person who gets very bored during sermons. Bored, or alienated.

The last time I tried out a Christian church -- the first time since high school -- the guest speaker spent 45 minutes telling us we were God's chosen ones, th...more
hadashi
i'm biased with my stars, because the book is probably 4 stars, but Annie being Annie makes it a full five. although they'd be sort of odd company, i think of her and Madeleine L'Engle as the two women who have done more for me to embrace my faith and get comfy with it instead of bristle at all the stuff that comes with it that makes me feel squidgy and annoyed. i do love her earthy, authentic words about life & faith intersecting in all its messiness. for this girl who grew up in a very cle...more
Bookmarks Magazine

Traveling Mercies chronicled Lamott's slow journey toward faith. Now in her 50s, Lamott still insists upon sugarcoating nothing in this enlightening update. She combines brilliant sparks of wit, self-deprecating humor, wisdom, and appreciation in these 24 essays, previously published in Salon (see http://dir.salon.com/topics/anne_lamott/ for an excerpt from Plan B). If some have a moralistic bent, they rarely proselytize; instead, they inquire into Lamott's own, and sometimes naughty, truths. Th

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Kate
"There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground" (Rumi, quoted on p. 37)

"I could feel something tugging on my inside sleeve, which is the only place I ever hear from God: on the shirtsleeve of my heart" (60).

"Archbishop Carlo Maria Martini of Milan wrote the 'full of grace' is the passive: grace is something Mary has received, and the phrase is in the distant past tense, so it really means something like, 'You have been loved for a very long time'" (63).

"Laughter is carbonated holiness"...more
Joan
I had avoided this book because I had confused this author with an Anne of another name, whom I did not like. Then, I was driving somewhere and heard an interview with Anne Lamott, thought to myself that there was someone that I would like to listen to more and went looking for books by her. If you think (and wonder) about your relationship with things spiritual, this is a wonderful book. She is Christian, but I don't think that is a necessary condition for readers. The author seems quite honest...more
Jo
I like her meanderings and thoughts on being.....a woman,a Christian, a failure,a success...I just like it~!
Paula
I'm giving Plan B five stars, not because every essay resonated with me, but because the ones that did were perspective changing and deeply helpful. Even the pieces I didn't relate to as well held gems of truth that I'm keeping in my pocket to look at and muse upon later. One of my favorite essays was "Adolescence," about Lamott's struggles parenting a teen. My son turns thirteen in two weeks and reading this was a life preserver that I will cling to throughout his high school years. Here's a sa...more
Terri
I couldn’t stop at just one, so I read another Anne Lamott- Plan B Further Thoughts on Faith.

Anne Lamott blew me away with Traveling Mercies- her humor, her insight, her realness. And her annoying love for all things not George W. Bush. She amps that up in Plan B and I wanted to slap her a little bit, “Okay, yah, we get it, George Walker Bush is evil incarnate; now can we move on?”

But she kept harping on Iraq and Bush. When she takes that burden off her shoulders, her writing is once again provo...more
Megan Kaeb
I love Anne Lamott. Although we are VERY different in our backgrounds, political bents, etc., she always makes me think and somehow despite all the differences, I find myself relating to so much of what she writes. She knows how to connect to her readers through our shared humanness. Her essays are honest, funny and something I always look forward to reading.
AngelaGay Kinkead
Picked it up and put it down over several years. By the end, I recognize the dated matter in some essays, but should the politics of our Executive Branch change in November '12, it may likely be "timeless" once again. But the spiritual jabs and pithy observations of Anne Lamott get me every time. I liked "Traveling Mercies" so much more.
Michelle
I laughed. I cried. I had some of the dust blown off my spirit. My own faith has faltered and taken a beating at the hands of some rather Pharisaical folks in recent years. I appreciated Lamott's honesty about her own struggles and the strength she has found in her belief and the examples of others. The woman keeps is as real as it can be.
Christina Hager
This book is everything I love about Anne Lamott--a dash of political angst, a dot of self-deprication, lots of humor, and loads of faith. She is SUCH an amazing woman and peppers her stories about loss and hardships with quotes, poems, and stories about her son. If you were to read one story that sums up Anne as a writer (and probably person) check out "Ham of God" that begins this book. This books makes me think, inspires me to be a better person and writer, and makes me smile and cry, dependi...more
Celia Juliano
I almost hesitate giving this 4 stars, but I did really like the book. I've read several other of Lamott's similar books, and this was my least favorite, though hearing it read by her was a treat. She has some laugh-out-loud observations, but all the G.W. Bush bashing was tiresome. I get that's where she was at the time, but I appreciate her more timeless observations about parenting, friendship, and religion much more, and you can get these more succinctly in her later books, like Stitchesand H...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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