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  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books; Reprint edition (26 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159448287X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594482878
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lamott has chronicled her wacky and (sometimes) wild adventures in faith in...the wonderful Grace (Eventually)."" ("Chicago Sun-Times") In "Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith," the author of the bestsellers "Traveling Mercies" and "Plan B"

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ian mitchell on 6 Jun. 2013
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Faith is a hard subject to engage with for many writers. Either they write cautiously, apparently trying not to offend their chosen deity by stealing any creative limelight, or else te whole offering is just too heavy a read to sit well with our modern blog shaped desire for accessibility, relevance and the brevity of the executive summary.

Anne's book, however, gets it just right. It's funny, poignant, deep, light and well worth reading.

Whether you're gravitating cautiously towards faith or running away from its persistent clutches Anne Lamott writes books that will warm your soul. this one is ni exception.
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Loved reading this book and gave it away to a friend who I am sure will be as amused and inspired as I was.
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By Sam on 17 Dec. 2014
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Witty and insightful musings.
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4 1/2 Stars...Goodness, Gracious 1 April 2007
By Eric Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Oh, how I adore little Anne. For years, this lady has inspired my writing, made me laugh, and challenged my perceptions. Most of the time I'm right there cheering with her. Occasionally, we disagreee--but I think she would love me anyway.

"Traveling Mercies" (one of my all-time favorite books) was a sprawling, messy, beautiful tale of life and faith and day-to-day struggle. "Plan B" was more of the same, but with political teeth sharpened on the grindstone of Mr. Bush's policies. "Grace (Eventually)" shows a softer side of Anne, a maturing maybe, or an acceptance of the things she cannot change. She talks about her son, her dog, her mother, her church, her city, all with a tone of reconciliation.

Don't get me wrong. Anne still wants change. She still says things that will push a lot of buttons--regarding assisted suicide and abortion, for example. She also continues to express a belief in Jesus and His teachings and His example of love and mercy. For those annoyed by the cultural environment, she gives a call to more understanding. For those who disagree with her, she also calls for grace by asking us to accept her as she is in all her authentic imperfection.

I didn't walk away from this book with sublime shock and laughter (as I did with "Traveling Mercies") or with pent-up frustration (as I did with "Plan B"), I walked away with a sense of gentleness and a desire to extend that same grace to others. I guess you could call that a success.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Not her best, but still brilliant 1 Aug. 2007
By Mathew W. Moran - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the most popular voices in contemporary spirituality, Anne Lamott has a remarkable gift at handling serious and unfunny topics - religion, motherhood, eating disorders, death - in a witty and disarming way.

Lamott's new book, "Grace Eventually: Further Thoughts On Faith," is a collection of essays, many of which Lamott wrote as a columnist for Salon.com. If you haven't read anything by Lamott before, the best places to start would be "Traveling Mercies" (her bestselling memoir), and "Bird by Bird," (one of the best guide to writing anywhere, another bestseller). But the two things you should know before reading Anne Lamott is that 1) she is an incredible prose artist, quirky and profound, with a style that seems all her own. And 2) she is almost completely neurotic.

"Grace Eventually," is a special book in that Lamott's description of ordinary events make them feel sacred. She is a writer with an ability to make the reader pay attention, feel present, and tune in to the story taking place around them. Although she refers to Jesus consistently, there is little that seems orthodox about Lamott's spiritual journey, and perhaps that is one of the reasons she has such a wide readership.

You'd have to be made out of granite not to find something that moves you in this unique collection of essays. You would also need to adhere to Lamott's precise and strident political positions not to find at least one portion of this book infuriating. Either way, "Grace Eventually" is a provocative and unique read, and any avid reader owes it to themselves to become familiar with one of the country's top writers.
69 of 79 people found the following review helpful
Enjoy 30 Mar. 2007
By Jay K. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Usually I take quite a while to read through books before I buy them. One exception is Anne Lamott's books. If she writes them, I'll read them, because she her writing is honest, caring, good story telling and lots of fun, even with the topics of grace and faith. She has the kind of writing that makes me wish I'd studied harder and knew all the words in the dictionary. (Not because she uses a lot of fancy, big words. Far from it. She just uses them so perfectly, so suited to what she is saying, so originally. I feel like the rest of us are amateurs with the English language and she is a pro.) Lamott doesn't let herself off the hook easily, nor does she softsoap life and its effects. But she does get it.

This book will be a good read because it will make you think--and think better. In this work Lamott shares her life and friends and family and herself. She has child-like feelings and inspired thoughts. I love writing that surprises me with simplicity and originality. That's why I love her work.

If you like this book another one of Lamott's earlier works, Bird by Bird, is an all time favorite of mine. She deals with how to become a writer. And she makes it seem possible--and like she's in your corner.
43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
I always love her books but............ 21 Jun. 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I always enjoy reading Anne Lamott and this book was going along swell. She has an easy, casual manner that makes it feel like you're having a best-friend discussion sitting at the kitchen counter. But in this book I got SO tired of her blaming EVERYTHING that's wrong in the world on George Bush. It's like we were all basking around here on Heaven-On-Earth until Mr. Meanie screwed it all up. Her writing seems so smart and sensitive yet her political comments were so stupid. Not the most enjoyable read for me.
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
A Gracious and Grievous Read 17 Aug. 2009
By Joel S. Frady - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There were parts of this book that were profound and powerful, drawing me into thinking deeply about the goodness of God and the challenges of life. The sections about Lamott's relationship with her son were particularly poignant, as was the chapter on assisted suicide. Lamott's reflections on nature and her own growth as a person (getting sober, coming to terms with her family background) were also helpful and encouraging.
The book was somewhat spoiled for me by rants about right-wingers and George W. Bush and abortion and various other things. Being shrill is not the badge of authentic humanity. Lamott needs to extend some grace to those with whom she disagrees without demonizing them. In fact, if such an approach could be extended to our entire culture we would be better by far.
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