Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott
Rediscovering Mercy

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“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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A meditation on the benefits of discovering and extending mercy.

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Publishers Weekly

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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

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

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

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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Organized into nine chapter-like essays around a loose concept Lamott calls “mercy,” the book is peppered with cryptic spiritual take-aways like, “Maybe mercy and grace belong together, like cream and sugar.”.

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Chicago Tribune

It's the juxtaposing of the historical — St. Augustine, St. Cecilia, St. Francis, among them — with the living — soup-kitchen servers, babies in neonatal intensive care units, two gay men who've invited the poet for dinner — that illuminates the truth: The spark of the divine is there where we fa...

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