It's the birthday of Anne Lamott, (books by this author) born in San Francisco (1954). She wrote a few novels, but none of them were very successful. Then when she was in her mid-30s, she got pregnant and her boyfriend left her, and she decided to write a book about a year of raising a child. It was called Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year (1993), her first best seller. She went on to write Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (1994), Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith (1999), and many more books. She said: "If you are writing the clearest, truest words you can find and doing the best you can to understand and communicate, this will shine on paper like its own little lighthouse. Lighthouses don't go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining."
I've read two books by Anne Lamott, a fiction book Hard Laughter and the book mentioned in the paragraph- Traveling Mercies. Both are edgy and honest. I appreciated the stories and and questions brought up in Traveling Mercies, as well as LaMott's full-of-grace outlook on life. She gave example after example of how she was shown grace, by God and by people in her life, through her struggles and adventures.
I still have this book, and am torn as to whether to include it in the church library. It was vetoed by the other library helper (that's how I ended up with it, I grabbed it out of the "Free" pile). After reading it, I can see how some might be taken aback by coarse language and hard life situations, but I feel like the book is honest- a real tale of one person's faith journey.
If you've read Traveling Mercies, what do you think? Is it appropriate to include in the library of a diverse church?
And, if you're local- anyone want to borrow it & decide for themself?