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I read this book in about one day, couldn't put it down--am not now nor have ever been either Alcoholic or Christian. In fact, I seldom read books on religion, faith, or spirituality and chose this particular text because I am an Annie Lamott fan, not a believer (in the more conventional sense). I do, very sincerely, respect other people's beliefs, however orthodox or UN-orthodox, and I greatly enjoyed reading the way someone so totally unlikely to write about a spiritual journey nonetheless found herself on one when she became sober.
I was very moved, and actually envious of the comfort Lamott's faith has given her life. Not only has her spiritual awakening played a role in controlling her alcoholism, but it has lead her to a Christianity more resonant of the teachings of Christ than is true of many more "traditional" spiritual authors.
However, this book may in many ways appeal more to those who are TOLERANT than those who might find the word "faithful" as the first on their tongue to describe themselves. Even the deeply skeptical, or the totally without faith will enjoy this book if they are "tolerant", because it is about the faith of someone so unlike those one generally finds writing about spirituality. This fact also makes the book a great deal more interesting than one might expect of a text about a spiritual journey (for those who aren't wild about that sort of literature in general), because you get to see how Lamott sustains her faith despite a mind with little of the "obedient" nature one generally associates with religious fervor.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Delightful writing if you can take the egomania 20. März 2000
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I resisted reading this book based on the many 1-star reviews it received on this site. I just knew that I would agree with all those readers who, clutching their stomachs, had pleaded with Anne to "ponder pride as one of the seven deadly sins." For some reason, however, I did read the book and I am here to tell you that, yes, it was relentlessly self-absorbed, but it is still a book that I feel has value. Part of the reason I may have enjoyed it is that I am a lot like Anne, except that I didn't have intellectual parents or a child out of wedlock, or become a Christian or an alcoholic (although my problem with bulimia -- on the vanguard before there was even a name for it -- was worse than hers). I thoroughly understand her need to refer everything back to herself, and the capacity to be prodigiously witty as long as one is looking in the mirror. For those people who don't have such narcissism, I am sure it is trying to endure a 15-page rant about her hair, which you just know she loves, and is only complaining about in order to flaunt. I understand the fragile gratitude which can turn all your particular friends and their children into the most amazing and singular people on earth, and your epiphanies and triumphs into the most breathlessly momentous. Sure, she was the architect of most of her own misery, but so was I, and that doesn't make it any easier to take, it just makes it more pathetic and picayune. The book must be approached as you would a diary, not a mature work of spiritual accomplishment. While several chapters were so overworked that they reminded me of Hawaiians making poi, others were gripping and direct. Ms. Lamott has a rapier-sharp wit, which is trained primarily on herself, and though her spiritual struggles may seem jejune to some, they are reported candidly. If you can cut her some slack, there is much to relish about being a voyeur to her inner workings.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Life shouldn't be so hard! 5. März 2000
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Life shouldn't be this difficult! Lamott, through witty, humorous, clear, concise writing and compelling stories shows us how, in many ways, we are our own worst enemies. But she also shows us ways out of the problems we create and gives us a glimpse of how our attitudes and perseverance can overcome even the problems of alcoholism, drugs, being a single Mom, and being poor.
On the surface, this is a very self-centered book, focused almost entirely on the feelings, friends, enemies, and weaknesses of the author. Yet, Lamott manages to use her story to demonstrate to us that through love and faith, one can overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. If one reads these stories while keeping compassion in his or her heart for another suffering human being, then a spiritual journey unfolds with many wonderful lessons along the way. But it takes work to get by the feeling that we're learning far more about the author than we needed to.
Yet Traveling Mercies becomes a wonderful sermon since it afflicts the comfortable and gives some hope and comfort to the afflicted. And perhaps the discomfort one feels when reading it is the same as that of being around sick family members or friends. And how can one tell the story of love and compassion for others bringing grace into one's life without sounding self-centered and a bit self-righteous? In the end, Lamott does precisely that. The reader grows respect and admiration for this frail human being as she tells of her own spiritual journey from someone who could not stand being "in the same room with a Christian," to someone who can lean on God and accept Jesus. And she does so without trashing anyone else's faith system.
"I make him [her son, go to church] because I can.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I love this woman!
A friend gave this book to me for my birthday after hearing Anne read passages on national public radio. What a gift! Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. September 2000 von Aunt Nettie
5.0 von 5 Sternen Spiritual journeys of an honest sinner!
You've gotta love Anne Lamott's honest appraisal of her decision to turn herself over to God. Most such stories are fraught with angst or deep self-reflection. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 31. Juli 2000 von Gwyneth Calvetti
4.0 von 5 Sternen Worth the wait
At a friend's suggestion, I bought this book when it first came out in hardcover. I delved into it... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 11. Juli 2000 von PeacefulNan
5.0 von 5 Sternen traveling mercies grabbed and didn't let go
I'm always looking for authors who can write so well that you can almost most taste the words. In this book I can taste the pain, and nuances in every passage. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 3. Juli 2000 von Danae
4.0 von 5 Sternen Rejoicing the California way
I found this book enticing, with it's ability to make me walk the range of grief to gritty wit all in one chapter. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 26. Juni 2000 von Elizabeth DeBarros
1.0 von 5 Sternen A Bomb by Any Other Name
If this book had been authored by anyone but Lamott it would have died in a slush pile. The examples of self-indulgence are too many to repeat; the non-existence story line that... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 1. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen Got a story?
The first half of the book was somewhat interesting, and then it went downhill. I found nothing moving about the events upon the author. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 23. Mai 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen An Unforgettable Journey
This book is a true gift. I appreciate Anne LaMott's ability to present her faith journey in a down to earth (very realistic and honest), wonderfully written, and engaging way. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. Mai 2000 von Michael Reilly
5.0 von 5 Sternen Traveling Mercies----Takes No Prisoners
I like, no love, great writing. Writing that is as clear, concise, and brilliant as the musical phrasing of Miles Davis or with the simple complexity found in Beethoven's Ninth. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. Mai 2000 von Ron Brown
5.0 von 5 Sternen The one book we all should read...
...Lamott gives us so much in these various snapshots on her journey(s) to her faith...it seems as if she was "bottoming" out and in the worst condition(s)--the drugs,... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. Mai 2000 von yygsgsdrassil
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