Hallelujah Anyway

Hallelujah Anyway

Rediscovering Mercy

Book - 2017
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"Anne Lamott is my Oprah." --Chicago Tribune

The new bestseller from the author of  Help, Thanks, Wow  and  Bird by Bird , a powerful exploration of mercy, its limitless (if sometimes hidden) presence, why we ignore it, and how we can embrace it.

"Mercy is radical kindness," Anne Lamott writes in her enthralling and heartening book, Hallelujah Anyway . It's the permission you give others--and yourself--to forgive a debt, to absolve the unabsolvable, to let go of the judgment and pain that make life so difficult.

In Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy  Lamott ventures to explore where to find meaning in life. We should begin, she suggests, by "facing a great big mess, especially the great big mess of ourselves." It's up to each of us to recognize the presence and importance of mercy everywhere--"within us and outside us, all around us"--and to use it to forge a deeper understanding of ourselves and more honest connections with each other. While that can be difficult to do, Lamott argues that it's crucial, as "kindness towards others, beginning with myself, buys us a shot at a warm and generous heart, the greatest prize of all." 

Full of Lamott's trademark honesty, humor and forthrightness, Hallelujah Anyway is profound and caring, funny and wise--a hopeful book of hands-on spirituality.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, c2017
ISBN: 9780735213586
0735213585
Branch Call Number: 241 Lamo
Characteristics: 176 pages ; 21 cm

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Nov 01, 2017

I heard so many good things about Anne Lamott, so I wish I hadn't started with this book. I may give another one of her books a try, but this one was just okay. It felt like something was being held back, like she wasn't being open. She discusses an uproar caused by a tweet she made about a famous transgender woman. However, in the book she never says what the tweet was or even who it was about. I looked it up, and the tweet was juvenile and cruel. By tiptoeing around what she wrote, and only being mildly apologetic about the tweet, it just made the book seem like she wasn't reflective at all. It really took me out of the book.

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singasong70
Sep 19, 2017

Interestingly, I would've read it for guidance or a heartfelt story as one reviewer said is not the purpose of this book so decided to take a pass.

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ms_mustard
Aug 29, 2017

I always enjoy Lamott's writing. she is so good at touching on her own foibles - and ours.

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wiredonjava
Aug 12, 2017

Great to read when you're feeling run down or needing to hear something hopeful. This is your vitamin. Such a cool lady, transparent soul, and the epitome of God's grace & mercy in action.

multcolib_karene Aug 01, 2017

I'm sure other fans of Lamott will like this one but I just couldn't get into it.

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telger
Jul 19, 2017

Anne did it again! For awhile I was hoping to feel what I felt when I read her " Travelling Mercies", that heart pain, the gut wrenching, the self examining lines such as
"There are times in our lives—scary, unsettling times—when we know that we need help or answers but we’re not sure what kind, or even what the problem or question is. We look and look, tearing apart our lives like we’re searching for car keys in our couch, and we come up empty-handed..." Yeah she succeeds in looking deep into my soul and my innermost to question things, the past, the people around me and to allow compassion and mercy, yeah even to myself. Thanks Anne!

ontherideau Jun 20, 2017

Anne Lamott writes with surgical precision and will resonate for anyone who has been down a hard road.

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Orcacreative
May 30, 2017

This is an honest book written in a "down-to-earth" tone. However, to be disappointed if you are reading it to seek guidance or a heartfelt story.

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Jul 19, 2017

"There are times in our lives—scary, unsettling times—when we know that we need help or answers but we’re not sure what kind, or even what the problem or question is. We look and look, tearing apart our lives like we’re searching for car keys in our couch, and we come up empty-handed"

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