Monday, January 23, 2017

A wonderful and funny book on prayer

Help! Thanks! Wow! is Anne Lamott's lovely and heartfelt conversation about prayer. She's an advocate of keeping things really simple (much of her languaging comes from her 12-Step experience), and she explains that these are all the prayers we need.

  • Help! for when we're in trouble or at the end of our own abilities
  • Thanks! for what we are given and blessed with
  • Wow! for all the beauty and glory of the world
As a recovering intellectual cynic, I struggle with any kind of ritualized prayer practice. I do believe in a Higher Power, in the ineffable Mystery of creation, but I don't believe in religion. However, her practice of Help Thanks Wow is one I can get behind.

Her book is funny and straightforward and a delight to read.

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