Almost Everything: Notes on Hope Paperback – Large Print, October 16, 2018 Anne Lamott Random House Large Print 198482760X Hope - Religious aspects

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October 16, 2018
As I often tell people, the writings of Anne Lamott were introduced to me at a time in my life when I was struggling badly. My oldest son was in the throes of addiction. I was battling depression. And I felt like my whole world was falling apart. I was, in a word, hopeless. But my wife was a big fan of Anne Lamott and suggested I take a look at a few of her books. Figuring I had absolutely nothing to lose, I took my wife up on her suggestion. And it literally changed my life.

For someone who was pretty much out of hope, reading Lamottu2019s thoughtful and spiritual musings was the best thing I couldu2019ve done for myself. It didnu2019t take long to figure out that Anneu2019s words were a beacon that could help guide me out of one of the darkest periods of my life.

u201cHope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.u201d That passage from Lamottu2019su00a0
kathleen g
October 16, 2018
I have no idea how to write a cogent review of this book. It rambles and wanders. It amuses and it infuriates. The bottom line - if you like Lamott's writing, this is a wonderful book that will make you think about your own priorities. She has made a list of sorts for her grandson. Some of this is meditation, some of it is pronouncement. If you have somehow missed Lamott, this is a good introduction to her at tomes scattershot approach to life and faith. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. This was a good one to read at a difficult time.
October 16, 2018
My first Anne Lamott book was Traveling Mercies, given to me by a dear friend who is now deceased. This friend knew Anne and was a fellow San Franciscan, who thought it would be good for me. It was not only good for me -- it changed my thinking and my heart. Not all at once, but bit by bit, page by page, bird by bird, and by learning the meaning of remaining steadfast without getting nasty, resentful or judgmental. Anne writes with a grace that is one part inherent in her character, and honed by practice, education and life experience. She is one of those rare beings that can be understood and a friend, while never getting to meet her in person. Her writing draws you closer to being in union with your fellow beings; a kind of intimate pen pal. I try to read whatever she produces and I have never been disappointed. My sorrow is that the friend who introduced me to her writing is not here to gift me with this latest book. Purchasing it will be interesting in that it will be sorrowful and yet full of anticipation. I am sure I will not be disappointed.
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