I don't read many self-help touchy-feely books like this so when I did I actually had no idea that this one had achieved such global popularity, or thI don't read many self-help touchy-feely books like this so when I did I actually had no idea that this one had achieved such global popularity, or that it was so self-help touchy-feely to be honest. I know, color me out of the picture, I don't care. It was just an audiobook that had been given to me and I was intrigued enough to give it a try. I was surprised to see how many people hated it so vehemently in goodreads reviews and after reading them realized that I probably wouldn't have rated it so high if I'd actually heard the hype beforehand or had read it instead of listened to it. The narrator choice on an audio track is key and Jeremy Irons is 10x better than any others I've listened to lately so I ended up having something interesting and a little bit more complex to listen to as I worked (i.e. I'm usually listening to some fluffy historical fiction because it's just enough to be entertaining fodder and not enough to distract me from doing my work well): I found some of the fables to be truthful and meaningful and other bits to be a bit inconsiderate of how life and reality actually work.
I think your enjoyment of the book may have a lot to do with your preconceptions of it and where you are in life...I'm almost 30, newly married, and trying to decide if I can/want/need to go back to graduate school for a "real" career or if I should try and keep building my small business, whether we should have a family or whether we should travel and do all the more costly things we've dreamed about. Basically, we've got a lot of huge life decisions to make that have triggered thoughts along these lines about the bigger picture and what we're "meant" to do with our lives. Because I'm not yet sure how to make these decisions I'm not yet willing to close the door on anything which might tell me how others have made them. I'm not going to be incorporating every line of this book into my life's path but I do hope there is a path for me and this book acted as a quaint jumping off point for some serious reflection. All in all, not bad. ...more
A great writer, whether you like the terrain or not.
I have not read any of her other books, but I am a big fan of this one. It is humourous and dear,A great writer, whether you like the terrain or not.
I have not read any of her other books, but I am a big fan of this one. It is humourous and dear, ripe with blasphemy and deep spirituality all at once, which is just how i like it.
Anne Lamott writes about life and christianity with very real and human eyes. She is blunt but tender in her thoughts, highly educated and yet unafraid to show sentimentality. She is a bundle of extremes that work together beautifully with all their flaws and jumbled opposites. She embraces the grey shades of complexity that invariably lie between the black and white of popular culture and christianity.
I am not the type to read a lot of self-help or religious material, but this book stands apart from such a sordid lot of those types and offers great insight and great storytelling. I would highly recommend this book....more