Look Inside. Nov 10, Minutes Buy. Anne Lamott writes about faith, family, and community in essays that are both wise and irreverent. Now in Small Victories , Lamott offers a new message of hope that celebrates the triumph of light over the darkness in our lives.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Small Victories by Anne Lamott. The New York Times bestseller from the author of Help, Thanks, Wow , Hallelujah Anyway and Almost Everything , Lamott's long-awaited collection of new and selected essays on hope, joy, and grace Anne Lamott writes about faith, family, and community in essays that are both wise and irreverent.
Now in Small Victories , Lamott offer The New York Times bestseller from the author of Help, Thanks, Wow , Hallelujah Anyway and Almost Everything , Lamott's long-awaited collection of new and selected essays on hope, joy, and grace Anne Lamott writes about faith, family, and community in essays that are both wise and irreverent.
Now in Small Victories , Lamott offers a new message of hope that celebrates the triumph of light over the darkness in our lives. Our victories over hardship and pain may seem small, she writes, but they change us—our perceptions, our perspectives, and our lives. Lamott writes of forgiveness, restoration, and transformation, how we can turn toward love even in the most hopeless situations, how we find the joy in getting lost and our amazement in finally being found.
Profound and hilarious, honest and unexpected, the stories in Small Victories are proof that the human spirit is irrepressible. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published November 10th by Riverhead first published November 1st More Details Other Editions 7.
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Would you recommend this book to a non-Christian? Subjects like compassion, wisdom and hope are more than OK of course! Mycala I'll put it this way -- I was involved with someone who became a fundamentalist and for years after we parted ways, I was completely turned off to Chr …more I'll put it this way -- I was involved with someone who became a fundamentalist and for years after we parted ways, I was completely turned off to Christianity.
I love Anne. She is hilarious and real. See all 3 questions about Small Victories…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 09, Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it. Somewhere in this volume of personal essays, Anne Lamott remarks that she has always wanted to write a book entitled People I Still Hate: a Christian Perspective.
This comment embodies many of the virtues of Lamott's writing: witty, ironic, honest, self-deprecatory, and filled with the knowledge that grace flows from our encounters with people—each as fallible and infuriating as ourselves—and that we, through humility and forgiveness, must prepare ourselves to receive that grace.
The first two th Somewhere in this volume of personal essays, Anne Lamott remarks that she has always wanted to write a book entitled People I Still Hate: a Christian Perspective. She narrates in clear, apparently effortless prose—another of Lamott's virtues—stories about her encounters with friends and relatives, and what those encounters tell us about human and divine love.
She is never self-righteous or preachy, and she is always specific: it is precisely in the details of everyday life that the miracle of love occurs. I like every essay in this section of the book, but my favorites are the two about her parents.
The essay has two parts, their headings reflecting the movement from resentment to forgiveness. They are filled with fine essays, but not quite as good as those in the first two sections. Her writing is filled with the everyday things that shape our personal encounters—the hugs we give, the food we share, the ashes we scatter—and she shows us how grace uses them to move our hearts toward Love.
View all 10 comments. Nov 16, Taryn rated it it was amazing. I'm not sure how exactly to classify Anne Lamott's nonfiction books--they're part memoir, part religious reflection, part pep talk. All I know is I love them and I'm always thrilled to find out she's publishing another one. I highly recommend any and all of them--and you definitely don't need to read them in any certain order. Basically, Anne Lamott is the only Christian writer I can read even when I'm completely disillusioned with the church and the people in it.
No matter how jaded I am, no mat I'm not sure how exactly to classify Anne Lamott's nonfiction books--they're part memoir, part religious reflection, part pep talk. No matter how jaded I am, no matter how despairing I feel at the way our human failings are destroying this precious world around us, I can always find a shred of peace in her essays.
She never, ever resorts to platitudes. Tired of well-meaning but clueless people saying that God has a plan and everything happens for a reason after something terrible has happened to you? Yeah, Anne Lamott doesn't say shit like that. I got to meet Anne Lamott on her book tour! See the full post here. More book recommendations by me at www.
View all 3 comments. Dec 19, Lane Willson rated it liked it Shelves: faith , memoir , spirituality. This is the DNA in all her writing. However, Small Victories brings with it a truth about Ms. Lamott that I found so disappointing. It first becomes visible in her essay about dating, and grows stronger and more virulent as the book progresses. Each person that crosses the pages is quickly judged and deemed left wing or right wing, and quickly accepted or rejected.
To be fair to Ms. The male ego is never far away when rejection is at the door. They are the folks who force me to look at who I am and what I believe. In the process I either grow stronger in my understanding of the things I believe, or change.
Those friends who share my beliefs are dear and caring to be sure, but rarely do they offer new opportunities for personal exploration. They offer compassion, understanding and grace, making that exploration safe. I will continue to read Ms. Regardless of your platform, read anything Ms. Lamott has written and you will be blessed. View all 6 comments. Jul 20, Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves: theology-religions , essays , memoirs.
As usual, there is a recurrent emphasis on both being kind to oneself and learning the art of forgiveness. I always appreciate it when a book has been produced with obvious care.
Lamott is worth it. I would recommend this as a place to start for people who are new to her writing. View 1 comment. Jan 19, Erica rated it did not like it Recommends it for: People who are not me. Shelves: it-came-recommended , women-and-girls , biographical , audiobook , christian , dead-friends-and-family , meh , non-fiction , mysterious-disease , short-stories. I KNOW , ok? I never do. Either that or she learns a lesson and sees a truth. Also, she has a lot of first world problems.
This book focuses heavily on illness, dying, and death. More than anything, she seems to highlight her unhappiness with so many things.
Especially George Bush. To me, it all seemed less like noticing little bits of grace and more like a laundry list of miseries with the "I suppose it could be worse" tagged onto the end. In them, I'm as judgemental and snarky as she is, but without the self-deprecating humor, so there's really no need for you to read any further.
They're here for my future use, more than anything.
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Bird by Bird is the book to read if you're a beginning writer, or a baffled amateur, or just want to witness a fine stylist making the keyboard sing. I don't have a reason for avoiding Anne Lamott's next 14 books that makes me sound smart. Though I do have reasons. Over the years, Lamott found Jesus and became that annoying person who doesn't quite try to convert you but wouldn't object if you came to Him. But what about twisting her hair into dreadlocks? What about describing herself as "wild, ruined, aging, gorgeous, nutty, marvelous me? Add it all up, and Anne Lamott started to remind me of Nora Ephron, a great stylist who consistently wrote beneath her talent.