Monday, June 6, 2011

Traveling Mercies: Some thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott

  A few days ago I finished reading Anne Lamott's book "Traveling Mercies" and I've got to say, I really enjoyed it!  In fact, Anne Lamott might be one of my newest favorite authors!  There's something so special about her writing and her life in general.  The way she talks about her life and experiences in such a open and real way, and then seamlessly intertwines her faith journey and relationship with God into her story is quite inspiring.  As I read her words, there were so many moments when I felt such if I was sitting down with a good friend over coffee.  It's like one of my favorite quotes by C.S. Lewis says "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one." Reading Lamott's story offered me some much needed comfort in a walk of faith where some times I feel as if I'm walking backwards and upside down. 
  I can't begin to explain how vulnerable and exposed I have left lately.  It's has if God has opened me up and pulled out my organs, examining them with His light...piece by piece... with the whole world watching.  Reading this book, in this moment, has been like a breath of fresh air reminding me that my imprefections do no turn God away and that in fact it's in my weakness that he's able to do his best work!  Plus there's something so freeing about reading a spiritual memior in which the main character doesn't all of a sudden get it all right the moment he/she turns to God (In fact I think the fact that Lamott is open to sharing her struggles and how she reconciles her life and faith into one, that makes me appreciate this book so much).  So if you haven't read "Traveling Mercies"....I highly recommend it! 

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