Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

Help Thanks Wow The Three Essential Prayers 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 fol

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 coalesceNew 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.

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  1. Anne Lamott is an author of several novels and works of non fiction Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, her non fiction works are largely autobiographical, with strong doses of self deprecating humor and covering such subjects as alcoholism, single motherhood, and Christianity She appeals to her fans because of her sense of humor, her deeply felt insights, and her outspoken views on topics such as her left of center politics and her unconventional Christian faith She is a graduate of Drew College Preparatory School in San Francisco, California Her father, Kenneth Lamott, was also a writer and was the basis of her first novel Hard Laughter.Lamott s life is documented in Freida Lee Mock s 1999 documentary Bird by Bird A Film Portrait of Writer Anne Lamott.

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  1. This slim book consists of three essays on spirituality, each exploring a different type of prayer petition Help , thanksgiving Thanks and Wow , which I feel can best be described as prayer in praise of the sublime I have read two previous book on spirituality by Lamott, both longer and better than this one, but they all have the same qualities Lamott is so frank about sharing her brokenness, all the fragments of her crazy hippie life, that we hope we too if we had half her courage could reap th [...]

  2. I am a tremendous admirer of Anne Lamott and her many books I ve been looking forward to reading this book for some weeks Now that I have, I must say that I am disappointed First, the book is way too expensive for the length that it is And I am not even sure if it was worth being made into a hard cover Second, the book really did not strike me as being profound or even notable While there are some good ideas in Help, Thanks, Wow they are not terribly radical or new Unless one is rather new to sp [...]

  3. As someone who has rejected most, if not all, of my childhood religious indoctrination, I consistently find Anne Lamott s humor and insights on spirituality and the god figure concept delusion confusion most delightful and enlightening I love her writing and the turn of phrase that pokes holes straight through the doctrinaire and dogma while raising human frailty and its beauty to the level of the divine How can a writer touch someone who is convinced he s an atheist so deeply with the kernel of [...]

  4. Let s not get bogged down on whom or what we pray to let s just say prayer is a communication from our hearts to the great mystery, or Goodness, or Howard to the animating energy of love we are sometimes bold enough to believe in to something unimaginably big, and not us we could call this force Not Me, and Not Preachers Onstage with a Choir of 800 or for convenience we could just say God A wonderful, quick read about real and imperfect faith in real and imperfect people People whose faith somet [...]

  5. I have a few friends who don t like Anne Lamott I am not among them Here s why she is brutally honest, unpretentious and doesn t pretend that she has it all together In my opinion, this is exactly the kind of writer Christian publishers need to actively pursue Far too many books in this genre are written from a perspective of superiority They go something like this if you want to learn to pray, do this because it worked for me Or if you want to serve God, do this because it worked for me Blah bl [...]

  6. The older I get, the I realize that I need something to have faith in I find there s really nothing like being raised Catholic for turning someone into an atheist, and for many years I indentified myself as one In my 20s, I was content to say that I wasn t scared of dying, convincing myself that I was living my life to the fullest, that when you gotta go, you just gotta go, and that nothing of me would be left after I was gone Surely the day of my demise was so far off I needn t worry about tha [...]

  7. Loved it But as I said to my sweet friend, Kim, who shares with me her advanced copies, I am predisposed towards loving Anne Lamott It isn t a very great way to review a book to compare it with another, but I did just finish One Thousand Gifts, which had some similar themes, and I just appreciate Anne Lamott s style so much than Ann Voskamp s greeting card poetry As my dad put it regarding Lamott , she can really turn a phrase I love her rambling, funny, down to earth, feel it all sensibility a [...]

  8. I have read a lot of Anne Lamott and have always liked her hard won spirituality, quirky worldview and writing style, her broadminded view of human nature but this book didn t entirely do it for me, though I flagged some great quotes It s awfully lite, that s my problem And I have a quarrel with THE Three Essential Prayers If we re talking about essential prayers, then I would definitely put Sorry in there I think contrition for our failings is part of the examined spiritual life and I don t thi [...]

  9. This book kinda reads like a first draft Like a good idea Anne had So maybe she started writing wise snippets Really rich little nuggets And put them in her snippet jar After a while, it would look like a fruit salad of paper All different colors, and different folds Then one day she emptied out her snippet jar, and voila Because she is who she is, she got to type it all up and have it published It s not really very cohesive.But that s okay, because still it s Anne Lamott It s a short, rich litt [...]

  10. I think a lot of readers of this book will have the same initial feeling I did once I held it in my hands, which is Oh This is a slim volume, a little pocket book, and I felt a little misled at first a New Anne Lamott nonfiction Book is a big deal in my world, and I d been looking forward to it for a long time And here it was, clocking in at just over 100 pages Hello A booklet What Annie as I refer to her in my diary is my most cherished author for a number of reasons I first read Traveling Merc [...]

  11. When you read thin books, you always hope that they are succinct as hell big books that have been cut to the bone, trimmed to the essence, winnowed to their winning ways You certainly entertain no thoughts of repetitiveness That s forgivable with Dickens, Thackery, and Fielding They write huge tomes that leave room for error But the 100 page book No.That s my main beef with Anne Lamott s long essay on prayer I read a NY Times essay of hers that I enjoyed mightily It told how her family was anyth [...]

  12. Lamont is the kind of person I would want as a friend real, honest, funny, sincere, intelligent, kind, tough, and delightfully imperfect Her book is filled with gems of stories and beautiful descriptions On page 11 she calls herself a crabby optimist I love that paradox and can relate My favorite prayer was on page 67 when she was experiencing frustration and disappointment She prayed, Help me not be such an ass This is actually the fourth great prayer More of us, including myself, need to say t [...]

  13. First of all, it needs to be said that if you are an evangelical type believer, you will probably not like this book It it very very much Prayer 101 or Christianity lite , if you can even call it that it definitely has a secular feel This book basically gives Anne s viewpoint of how she feels prayer works, with three different simple prayers Although she tries to make prayer sound normal for the unchurched and encourages people to pray in their own way, she still makes God sound too unapproach [...]

  14. Just using this spot as a place to keep some quotes I have seen many people survive unsurvivable losses, and seen them experience happiness again How is this possible Love flowed to them from their closest people, and from their community, surrounded them, sat with them, held them, fed them, swept their floors Time passed In most cases, their pain evolved slowly into help for others 23 They say or maybe I said that a good marriage is one in which each spouse secretly thinks he or she got the bet [...]

  15. I m so thankful for this book Prayer is a concept I struggle with greatly and this has been one of the best reflections on the subject that I have encountered in a long time It s not a theological treatise but is, instead, a personal reflection on surrender and searching.I don t share Lamott s optimistic approach on things and that is all the reason why this is such an important read for me.

  16. Do you like Anne Lamott s writing I do, I ve read every single thing she s ever written She is probably the greatest influence on what and how I write she gives voice to her petty struggling self and I try to do that too, because I secretly know that even you are petty, though no one would ever know that about you, so you are stuck all alone knowing that unless other people fess up I love that about her When I ve been unable to read, at various times in my life, I ve always found my way back to [...]

  17. I have truly enjoyed reading anything written by Anne Lamott I first became interested in reading Ms Lamott when I read her quote You can safely assume that you ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do Help, Thanks, Wow The Three Essential Prayers, like her other works, resonates with my spirit This is a quick read, and I will need to read it again As I was reading, I felt the resonance of Ms Lamott s words, thoughts, themes and the like I felt [...]

  18. Anne Lamott definitely stretches the boundaries of Christian writing For that, we can thank her Yes, she swears, says honest and unkind things usually about herself , sometimes refers to God as Phil, and even lets slip a longing for her earlier, non Christian lifestyle In her most recent book, Help, Thanks, Wow The Three Essential Prayers, Lamott takes her earthly approach to the most holy of acts, prayer In this short work, she talks about each of the three prayers and ends with some thoughts o [...]

  19. A profound pausing place For me, books are pausing places They provide me pockets from where I can absorb, reflect, ponder, and reshuffle life s minutia and meaning Anne Lamont s latest book _Help Thanks Wow_ provided me a serendipitous pausing place from which I just came out feeling quite moved and grateful.It s hard to put into words how Anne s simple words can be so profound So, I ll let a sampling of her own words speak for themselves I admit, sometime this position of gratitude can be a bi [...]

  20. I am giving this book five stars first of all because Anne Lamott s writing resonates with me so much especially with lines like I hate this, the fact that life is usually Chutes and Ladders, with no guaranteed gains It brought back all those horrible moments of playing that game with our sons and having one of them land on a chute , especially that really long one It seemed like I was always in a state of mild anxiety, hoping so hard that neither of them would land on that disappointing long sl [...]

  21. I am a fan of Anne Lamott This slim volume is packed with lovely gems of insight, humor and gratitude While our belief systems are not fully aligned, I think we both believe in kindness and generosity of spirit This book is not my favorite Lamott TRAVELING MERCIES and BIRD BY BIRD are both terrific That being said, I think I will be giving this book as a gift this holiday season Her language is fresh and honest She accepts that sometimes your generous spirits are cramped and with this book offer [...]

  22. I m not sure why I m bothering to write a review for Anne Lamott s latest book Either you love her and are going to read anything she writes Or you don t and no matter what I write you won t touch this book with a ten foot pole I guess there is the possibility that you ve never encountered Lamott before, although if you are reading my reviews that seems unlikely Anyway, this isn t where I would start with her It is a short, gift type book The kind you tuck into a basket with a mug and tea and ma [...]

  23. It s hard to review this book, because I listened to the audio version And, that feels like cheating somehow It also changes the experience of the book I love Anne Lamott, but her voice is shall I put this Not quite whiny, but pleading And incessant Which makes for a sort of exhausting listen I could hear the anxiety level in the tone of her voice and this sort of made me anxious, too I have seen Lamott read before and in person, I didn t have this experience But when I am listening to an ipod a [...]

  24. I usually really enjoy Anne s nonfiction books, so though I m not a religious person myself, I picked this one up It was full of nice thoughts, but I think there were a few too many of them and not enough time to explain or elaborate on them She was full of brief examplesis, or this, or this, maybe this But I wanted a bit personal stories She was clearly referring to specific people or incidents, some of which I recall from other books But I bought a copy for my mother in law before my library [...]

  25. Oh Anne, Anne, Anne You had me with your descriptions of simple prayers and the things that inspired them, and then you described Elie Wiesel s Night as a Wow moment.For those of you who don t believe she actually wrote those words with her fingers, let me quote her directly, from page 82 of the book Wow, what horror that man saw, and what beauty, truth, and silence he still managed to create from it And to think she calls Christians self righteous in another passage Woman, do not presume to co [...]

  26. Once again Anne Lamott nails it She manages to get under the skin of things, with a frankness I find refreshing and powerful There s no pontificating, no criticizing, no shoulds She acknowledges the vast differences in viewpoint with respect and humor Not only does she crack open her own heart for us to learn from, but with that generosity of sharing, helps the reader find a fissure in a heart needing communion with a higher power That s what I ve always loved about Anne s writing She s just so [...]

  27. The first time I read Ann Lamott, I was a little shocked at what seemed to me a brash irreverence How could this be a religious book It was unlike any religious material I had read before But I soon learned to love her down to earth real world perspective This book is very short and it is lovely and for everyone in any spiritual state If I were to begin practicing the presence of God for the first time today, it would help to begin by admitting the three most terrible truths of our existence tha [...]

  28. Well, since she called these prayers I assumed she meant praying to God However, her definition of god was just about any one or any thing you want to call it I am astounded by the people who don t believe in God, but pray to something Why What good will it do It s the same thing as saying I ll have good thoughts for you Can anyone tell me EXACTLY WHAT that means and what good it does Sheesh.

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