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Good Read: Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott


Good Read: Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott

I recently finished reading the book, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayersby Anne Lamott.  I picked up this book in a small locally owned book store in Manchester, Vermont during our recent trip.  (In Vermont, especially in Manchester, there were no “big box” stores and restaurants.  Everything was local, which is a nice change!)  I have enjoyed other books by Anne Lamott, so I thought I would purchase and read this book.

Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers is a book about getting through life.  It is rich, raw, and funny.  I believe that I read this book at the perfect time for me.  I feel as though my life has been broken open with a whole new attitude towards prayer, and even more, towards being alive.  This is not a religious book at all, but a book for anyone who is spiritually oriented and maybe especially for those who are not, because Lamott writes about prayer in a way that every single person can relate to.  This is a book about being real and true and simple and clear and about living a worthwhile life.

This book brought me a sense of calmness and thankfulness for all I have received in my life.  What I gained from reading this book is not to take for granted all the little pleasures in life.  For example, enjoy looking at flowers and trees and enjoy your friendships, etc.  Everything counts.  Most of all, be aware and present of all that happens to you.

Lamott notes at the outset that,“Prayer is taking a chance that against all odds and past history, we are loved and chosen, and do not have to get it together before we show up.”

I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to further their spiritual path.

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