Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott
Rediscovering Mercy

64%

7 Critic Reviews

Lamott always delivers flashes of wisdom and inspiration that resonate, particularly with her most devoted readers, but the book is a somewhat opaque and redundant exercise that never quite feels grounded.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Instant New York Times Bestseller

“Anne Lamott is my Oprah.” —Chicago Tribune

From the bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow and Bird by Bird comes 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.

 

About Anne Lamott

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ANNE LAMOTT is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Grace (Eventually), Plan B, Traveling Mercies, and Operating Instructions, as well as several novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.SAM LAMOTT is currently studying industrial design, with a major in product design. He lives with his family in San Francisco.
 
Published April 4, 2017 by Riverhead Books. 190 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Hallelujah Anyway
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Kirkus

Below average
on Jan 24 2017

Lamott always delivers flashes of wisdom and inspiration that resonate, particularly with her most devoted readers, but the book is a somewhat opaque and redundant exercise that never quite feels grounded.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Feb 10 2017

As in previous works, Lamott’s courageous honesty and humility, laced with wit and compassion, offer wisdom and hope for difficult times.

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Christian Science Monitor

Above average
Reviewed by Danny Heitman on Apr 14 2017

Its imperfections are obvious, but at their best, they point to the open-armed vulnerability that connects Lamott with her audience. This is a not-quite-realized book about mercy that is, ultimately, deserving of a little mercy, too.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Good
Reviewed by Donya Currie on Apr 11 2017

Reading this book will remind you that you’re not alone, and that it is possible to avail yourself of mercy. Even on the most difficult of days.

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Denver Post

Above average
Reviewed by ANN BAUER on Mar 30 2017

But around page 70, just when all seems muddled and brittle and lost, Anne Lamott zings back into Hallelujah with her signature crackling warmth. She is witty and funny and smart.

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Spirituality & Practice

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Reviewed by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat on Apr 24 2017

Lamott has always been transparent about her life, her family, friends, and challenges. This is one of the qualities that draws people to her books.

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Philly.com

Below average
Reviewed by ANN BAUER on Apr 09 2017

The problem with casting such a wide, vague net is that you can wedge practically anything into it. Stories about childhood trauma, traveling to Japan, Twitter rudeness - they're all here. Like American cuisine and liberal studies degrees, this all-encompassing mercy becomes bland and diluted.

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