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Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott
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Jan 12, 08

bookshelves: memoir, spirituality
Read in January, 2007

I've been trying to get through this for months... years actually. I first became familiar with it from an article in the LA Times (in 2000?) and thought it sounded interesting. I was curious to find out how an intelligent and progressive-minded person would end up defining herself as "a Christian." So I started reading it back then... I'm not even sure how far I got or how much I had to re-read once I picked it up again several months ago.

The writing is honest and easy, and her stories are compelling and thoughtful... but I still don't understand how she came to this identification. The only thing I can figure that cemented it for her is maybe her re-hab or involvement with AA or similar groups that promote a redemptive / Christian narrative. That, and it seems as though she found a great community in her small church.

But, as with all her stories, she's an excellent writer.
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