Whenever I read a book by Anne Lamott, which I do quite eagerly, I hear the voice of my dear friend Joan. Anne and Joan have a wonderfully unique way of viewing the world and the way they interact with the world. I adore that about both these women. You’ll just have to take on faith that Joan is like this, but for proof of Anne Lamott’s relationship to life simply read her next book.
Anne Lamott has given the world a great gift, that is the gift of herself. And by that I mean a woman who is honest, raw, gutsy, self-depricating, flawed, funny and so much more which I hope you’ve discovered by now. She’s not high on the lists of many conservatives or evangelicals (and maybe with Catholics by the time this book gets out) but that’s perfectly fine with me. Anne, if I may be bold to call her by her first name, does her homework. I don’t mean she researches, which she does. I mean she “practices exactly what she preaches.” She’s a Christian, a feminist, outspoken and just doesn’t fit neatly into anyone’s box. But isn’t that what being human is about? And yet, we spend so much time shoving people into boxes. But my buddy Anne won’t stay put. And I LOVE her for that, too!
This is the third book in which she addresses her growth as a human being on this planet. She can have some wonderfully edgy writing, even I squirmed- not because I took issue with it but because I can imagine the response she’s going to get. I applaud her for that willingness to be direct and yet so very grace-filled.
I hesitate to talk about the book, I think you need to discover it for yourself. But here’s a quote that express the book beautifully:
“To step into beauty, does one have to give up on losing a little weight? No, of course not. Only if you’re sick of suffering. Because if you cannot see that you’re okay now, you won’t be able to see it if you lose twenty pounds. It’s an inside job.”
And THAT sums up this book. Anne Lamott’s “inside job” is exposed for us to see. She’s clearly not perfect; she tells us that again and again. But she’s perfectly clear that you have to live the life you’re given. She gives us herself as an example, we all fumble, flounder, fail and we get back up. Come to think of it, that’s just what my friend Joan has been saying all along. Maybe Joan needs to write a book, too!
Grace (Eventually) is the best friend we all need to cheer us on when it seems there are no voices rooting for us.