Book of the Week for January 18 -January 24
Why it’s interesting:
Anne has always been refreshingly honest about her faith, even when that honesty is about the lack-thereof. In this book, she points out the obvious that so many of fail to see: there are only three necessary prayers: “Help”, “Thanks”, “Wow.” And, really, that is what it all comes down to, isn’t it? Written in her amazingly honest and blunt voice (which I LOVE) this is a quick and totally worth-it read.
New York Times-bestselling author Anne Lamott writes about the three simple prayers essential to coming through tough times, difficult days and the hardships of daily life.
Readers of all ages have followed and cherished Anne Lamott’s funny and perceptive writing about her own faith through decades of trial and error. And in her new book, Help, Thanks, Wow, she has coalesced everything she knows about prayer to these fundamentals.
It is these three prayers – asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what we have that is good, and feeling awe at the world around us – that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward. In Help, Thanks, Wow, Lamott recounts how she came to these insights, explains what they mean to her and how they have helped, and explores how others have embraced these same ideas.
Insightful and honest as only Anne Lamott can be, Help, Thanks, Wow is the everyday faith book that new Lamott readers will love and longtime Lamott fans will treasure.
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