Thoughts on Faith
Riverhead Books, 2007
Excerpt from the dust jacket: “The world, community, the family, the human heart: these are the beautiful and complicated arenas in which our lives unfold. Wherever you look, there’s trouble and wonder, pain and beauty, restoration and darkness—sometimes all at once.
“Yet amid the confusion, if you look carefully, in nature or in the kitchen, in ordinariness or in mystery, beyond the emotional muck we all slog through, you’ll find it eventually, a path, some light to see by, moments of insight, courage, or buoyancy. In other words, grace.
“…Lamott describes how she copes. The challenges seem alternately inconsequential and insurmountable—the anger engendered by an obstinate carpet salesman or president; the engulfing envy at a friend’s professional success; the bewilderment at discovering that a child has grown up or that a friend wants to die on his own terms—and they are also universal.
“Wise and irreverent, poignant and funny, Grace (Eventually) is a primer in faith, as we come to discover what it means to be fully human and alive.”
This book is definitely a keeper and a book to be reread. It is, at times, a bit dated now, 10 years on, because Ms Lamott tends to go on and on about President George W. Bush and his failings. But, by reading between the lines, one can discover a wealth of truth that can be applied to any person in charge anywhere. Beyond that, this book is a favorite because the author is candid about her faith in all its triumphs and failings. If the reader is interested in a book that is positively positive and puts forth the belief that life is glorious once God comes into your life, then this is not the book to read. However, if you want the human truth of what it means to “slog” through the complications of life and how, all too often, your faith can falter and even fail you, and, how eventually, we’ll all make it through by the Grace of God, then this is a book to read. Like the publisher blurb said, it is irreverent, funny but stuffed to the last word of an abiding faith in a Merciful and Loving God.
Rating: 5 out of 5 paws, because there is a lifetime’s worth of diving for pearls in this unassuming book.