Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott

If you’re struggling with any aspect of your Christianity, please read Anne Lamott.

If you’re worn out from the hypocrisy, the hate, the judging, she will remind you that you can find peace. That He calls those who are “weary and heavy laden”.

Where Jesus is, is not a place for those who have all the answers. It’s for those who are searching. Who are struggling. We need to remember that and show that to the world.

I just finished Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith, and have been enthralled on Anne Lamott’s take on faith and spirituality. I’m going to have to read the rest of her books. Which should be easy, since my wife’s already a huge fan and she’s been collecting them.

She has such great, deep things to say.

Most of the people I know who have what I want – which is to say, purpose, heart, balance, gratitude, joy – are people with a deep sense of spirituality. They are people in community, who pray, or practice their faith; they are Buddhists, Jews, Christians – people banding together to work on themselves and for human rights. They follow a brighter light than the glimmer of their own candle; they are part of something beautiful.

They are sometimes funny.

I was too young to die – or at least, I was too upset to die. You don’t want to die when you’re this upset – you get a bad room in heaven with the other hysterics, the right-to-lifers, and the exercise compulsives.

But they are always very, very good. Read Traveling Mercies.