Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hallelujah Anyway - Anne Lamott

Hallelujah Anyway
Title: Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy
Author: Anne Lamott
Publication Date: 4/4/2017
Pages: 176
Genre: Faith / Memoir / Nonfiction
How I Found It: I've read Lamott's work before and this book was widely publicized last year.
Date Completed: 1/25/17

Summary: Lamott reflects on continuing faith in the midst of questions and disappointments. She focuses on the beauty of mercy. 

What I Thought: Lamott's writing is lovely. So raw and real, but still infused with hope. It's not a cliché hope, but rather one that comes with years of experience in the cycle of death and rebirth and redemption. 

I didn't find this work to be life-changing...rather, life-affirming. She calls out the good and the bad and our role in it all. She emphasizes the importance of mercy for ourselves and for others. She weaves the uncertainty of faith into the most mundane and the most miraculous. 

Lamott does not fit into the evangelical mindset and that's clear at several points in the book. But, her faith is clearly her lifeline and real to her in a way that it is not to so many American Christians. I appreciate her candor.

Quote I Loved:

  • "We think that if our values aren't the correct ones, we would have other ones, which would then be the correct ones."
  • "Hallelujah that in spite of it all, there is love, there is singing, nature, laughing, mercy."
  • "One has to be done with the pretense of being just fine, unscarred, perfectly self-sufficient. No one is."
  • "Real things take real time."

This book is part of my2018 TBR Challenge!
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Will I Re-Read: Possibly
If You Liked This, Try: Still / Bittersweet / One Thousand Gifts
Other Books By Anne Lamott: Traveling Mercies

A Reduced Review: A beautiful, raw reflection on the good and the bad in life and how mercy matters in our cycle of failure and redemption. 

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