Plan B Further Thoughts on Faith From the New York Times bestselling author of Hallelujah Anyway and Help Thanks Wow a spiritual antidote to anxiety and despair in increasingly fraught times As Anne Lamott knows the world is a da

  • Title: Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith
  • Author: Anne Lamott
  • ISBN: 9781594481574
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the New York Times bestselling author of Hallelujah Anyway and Help, Thanks, Wow, a spiritual antidote to anxiety and despair in increasingly fraught times.As Anne Lamott knows, the world is a dangerous place Terrorism and war have become the new normal Environmental devastation looms even closer And there are personal demands on her faith as well getting older hFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Hallelujah Anyway and Help, Thanks, Wow, a spiritual antidote to anxiety and despair in increasingly fraught times.As Anne Lamott knows, the world is a dangerous place Terrorism and war have become the new normal Environmental devastation looms even closer And there are personal demands on her faith as well getting older her mother s Alzheimer s her son s adolescence and the passing of friends and time.Fortunately for those of us who are anxious about the state of the world, whose parents are also aging and dying, whose children are growing harder to recognize as they become teenagers, Plan B offers hope that we re not alone in the midst of despair It shares with us Lamott s ability to comfort and to make us laugh despite the grim realities.Anne Lamott is one of our most beloved writers, and Plan B is a book necessary now than ever It is further evidence that, as The New Yorker has written, Anne Lamott is a cause for celebration.

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    1. On re-reading this, I am finding much more to like. She's definitely the kind of girl who wouldn't go to the bathroom with a toothpick at a barbecue, and I like thate oh fucks, the shitty days, the raw admittance of real struggles, past and present. Like teeth grinding while quitting cocaine and bad boyfriends all the way to grief over losing a pet but also wanting to gather a small pile of stones just in case you need to resort to the Old Testament stoning method for a moody, rebellious teenage [...]

    2. I love Anne LaMott. In fact, on my trip to northern California next weekend to the Mt. Hermon Christian Writer's Assoc. I am bugging out on Sunday to drive a rental car to Marin County to attend her church and just MAKE her be my friend and read my book. Our lives run parallel, only I realized it before she did as she got off her duff sooner than did I.We are both single moms. We both share recovery from addiction. We both have memorable hair, hers in dreadlocks, mine sticking straight up from m [...]

    3. I read this book on a binge. Started it and couldn't put it down, the reading equivalent of a bag of chocolate chip cookies in front of the T.V. I've read her other books and still think Bird by Bird is the best book on writing I've ever read, but this one kinda snuck up on me. At first, I thought it was just going to be some funny bits, some thoughts on spirituality, and some ranting about Bush. Then, when Lamott suggests that she'll finally be able to forgive W. when they're sitting side by si [...]

    4. Overall, so well written. Maybe Lamott should have let some time pass before publishing her anti-Bush rants. One, it's so bitter. Two, it dates the book. Three, it takes away from the more lovely, insightful essays. Example: my favourite essay is "heat" (chapter 9). In it Lamott reveals all that's annoying about being a parent. Ex: "One reason I think we get so angry with our children is that we can. Who else is there that you can talk to like this? Can you imagine saying to your partner, "You g [...]

    5. I think that Anne Lamott may be my favorite author right now. This is the second book I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Since I believe in God, I love reading books by other believers who aren't ashamed of their faith. Anne Lamott is such an author, but her books are by no means preachy or self-righteous. Instead, she writes with humor and honestly about her struggles with every day life as she tries to survive in these crazy times, raise her teen-aged son and be an authentic Christ [...]

    6. Anne Lamott is sort of off her rocker. And I love her so very much for this. Whereas so many Christian writers seem pulled together, even in the worst of times, Lamott is not. She struggles like the rest of us. She cries. She yells. She says things she doesn’t mean (and says mean things she does mean). She has no idea what she’s doing most of the time. Yet she still manages to practice a very real grace to those around her. She loves deeply, and practices real forgiveness. She is self-depric [...]

    7. "Bird By Bird" was recommended to me by the fabulously talented Pearl Cleage, when I encountered her after her appearance(to promote her, at-that-time-upcoming book, "What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day") at Agnes Scott's Lit Fest. I believe this was in 1997 or 1998.I read the book with excitement, and Anne Lamott(as well as Ms. Cleage) are favorite authors to this day."Plan B" was published in 2005, just a short time after the 2004 election.Let me give you the first few lines of "Plan B". [...]

    8. This book was at times funny, engaging, and earnest. I enjoyed the author's honesty and willingness to take on SOME topics - around parenting, for example - that are rarely broached. Over all, however, I found it a self-indulgent, obsessive endeavor on the part of the author. The stories were held loosely together by the "faith" thread - but Ms. Lamott didn't engage thoughtfully or analytically with the topic of faith. It just happens that she's a member of a church and the community of her chur [...]

    9. Reading this book made me feel good. It's funny and honest and sprinkled with profanity, but in the end, every essay is life-affirming and love-affirming. She's so good, she made me consider going to church sometime. That's no small thing. I am a non-religious but open-minded person who gets very bored during sermons. Bored, or alienated. The last time I tried out a Christian church -- the first time since high school -- the guest speaker spent 45 minutes telling us we were God's chosen ones, th [...]

    10. I suppose it's a little strange that I would really like this book given it's spiritual overtones, but Anne Lamott's unique blend of humor, observations on relationships and life in general ("Everyone has been having a hard time with life this year; not with all of it, just the waking hours"), not to mention her caustic comments about Bush even as she struggles to love him because her faith insists on it, should win over just about everyone. She can have you moved to tears as she describes the p [...]

    11. Anne Lamott captures some powerful truths in this bookI hope I never forget the section below"What are you supposed to do, when what is happening can't be? When it's all too scary and weirdly fascinating and grim, and the old rules no longer apply? I remember this feeling when my mother was in the last stages of Alzheimer's, when my brothers and I needed so much more to go on than we had -- explanations, plans, a tour guide, and hope that it really wasn't going to be all that bad. But then it wa [...]

    12. Anne Lamott writes so beautifully; she is a queen of her writing craft. However, she strikes me always as bitter, angry and sarcastic, and as such it is hard to glean much spirituality out of her books. I have often wished to be "blessed" by her writings as I do always by books of the Buddhist Thich who comes across so gentle and penetrating to your soul. It is funny I can take the writings of a Buddhist monk and Christianize them and feel nourished, but the Christian writings of A. Lamott I can [...]

    13. I listened to this one, too. I like her writing much more than I like her reading. I love her stories and some of her words are so wise, but I got really sick of the her passionate but dated complaints about Bush. "We figured out that ppl who make farting noises and weapons out of doritos should not determine what we do and don't do in class. There's a lovely hasidic story of a rabbi who always told his ppl that if they studied for the torah they would put scripture on their hearts. One of them [...]

    14. While I'm not Christian I find her faith wonderful and inspiring. She despairs at what I despair at, and rejoices at the same things I rejoice at (often her son and politics for both). I love Anne Lamott as I have since reading Operating Instructions

    15. I love Anne Lamott. Traveling Mercies was hilarious, observant, and honest. This has all of these elements as she continues to reflect on little moments in life. This one just didn't quite blow me away the same way. I would still recommend it though. Check it out.

    16. uber quick read- but entertaining with some nice nuggets of truth thrown in as well. very stream of consciousness style which is easy and enjoyable, and often skim-able.

    17. A while ago our home group read Grace Eventually by Anne Lamott and I liked it quite a bit, even though most of our home group didn’t. Anne is a woman after my own heart (and she says Don Miller is after hers as well, so it’s all good!). She writes: “I have a lot of faith. But I am also afraid a lot, and have no real certainty about anything.” My good friend Heidi was thinking about me when she visited the dollar store, saw Plan B on the shelf and bought it. I’m so thankful she did! Pl [...]

    18. "There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground" (Rumi, quoted on p. 37)"I could feel something tugging on my inside sleeve, which is the only place I ever hear from God: on the shirtsleeve of my heart" (60)."Archbishop Carlo Maria Martini of Milan wrote the 'full of grace' is the passive: grace is something Mary has received, and the phrase is in the distant past tense, so it really means something like, 'You have been loved for a very long time'" (63)."Laughter is carbonated holiness" [...]

    19. I fall 'in like' with Anne Lamott each time I begin anything she's written, there is so much promise, so much that is kindred for me in what she writes, then, by the end of whatever it is that I am reading, I have already separated myself from her, as easily as a butterfly separates from a flower, thanking it for the nectar, more than ready to move on. This book gets a 5 because of the writing and the content - an amazing mix of humor, insight, devotion to an inclusive spiritual Christian path, [...]

    20. Just a few passages that struck me:The Church of 80% Sincerity (109-110)-80% sincerity is about as good as it's going to get. So is 80% compassion. 80% celibacy. So 20% of the time, you just get to be yourself.-This is contrary to everything society leads us to believe - that it's 100% or nothing-In the Church of 80% Sincerity, everyone has come to understand that unconditional love is a reality, but with a shelf life of about 8 to 10 seconds. Instead of beating yourself up because you feel it o [...]

    21. i'm biased with my stars, because the book is probably 4 stars, but Annie being Annie makes it a full five. although they'd be sort of odd company, i think of her and Madeleine L'Engle as the two women who have done more for me to embrace my faith and get comfy with it instead of bristle at all the stuff that comes with it that makes me feel squidgy and annoyed. i do love her earthy, authentic words about life & faith intersecting in all its messiness. for this girl who grew up in a very cle [...]

    22. Traveling Mercies chronicled Lamott's slow journey toward faith. Now in her 50s, Lamott still insists upon sugarcoating nothing in this enlightening update. She combines brilliant sparks of wit, self-deprecating humor, wisdom, and appreciation in these 24 essays, previously published in Salon (see dirlon/topics/anne_lamott/ for an excerpt from Plan B). If some have a moralistic bent, they rarely proselytize; instead, they inquire into Lamott's own, and sometimes naughty, truths. The best essays [...]

    23. There's something very liberating and courageous about someone who is not afraid to admit their shortcomings, their fears, their resentments towards others and themselves - exposing the dark side of themselves to the light for all the world to see.And in admitting and owning up to their vulnerable, pitiful Self, there is healing.On part of both the speaker and the listener. By telling our stories of how we hurt, love, grow, falter, rejoice, break down, mess up, clean up, own up, blame, judge, le [...]

    24. I had avoided this book because I had confused this author with an Anne of another name, whom I did not like. Then, I was driving somewhere and heard an interview with Anne Lamott, thought to myself that there was someone that I would like to listen to more and went looking for books by her. If you think (and wonder) about your relationship with things spiritual, this is a wonderful book. She is Christian, but I don't think that is a necessary condition for readers. The author seems quite honest [...]

    25. It seems that not even Anne Lamott can write a book as good as Traveling Mercies.Of course there remains the beautiful nuggets of truth scattered throughout. And it wouldn't be a Lamott book without a very good helping of irreverence; which, surprisingly, can be freeing and comforting.However, though this book reminded me what I first experienced in Traveling Mercies -- that it's OK to not be OK -- something here felt unfinished, or maybe even forced. Where Travling Mercies said, "Here I am, as [...]

    26. Okay, here I go with the cheesy reviews, just warning you. It's late at night and I hope i won't be embarrassed I wrote this, but When I read this book the first time it felt like I had been a dried out cactus and was getting a big drink of water or something. Now when I pick it up and re-read something random from it I'm encouraged and provoked and also a little uneasy and also inspired to trust that providence will help me and help the world's sad state of affairs somehow, someway. See, I can' [...]

    27. This is my first Anne Lamott and I'm an instant convert. Human, touching, wise and oh so funny, Plan B is a book with a big heart. I've shelved it next to Sumangali Morhall's Auspicious Good Fortune - my favourite spiritual memoir.Just started Traveling Mercies Already addicted.

    28. Read this book during Lent and absolutely loved it. Anne pulled me out of a spiritual void with her sense of humor and unconventional faith.

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