52 books: #4 part 1

book 4: plan b further thoughts on faith by anne lamott. 2005, riverhead books. 320 pages.

it’s a bummer in a way to be only 4 weeks into this book a week experiment and have fallen slightly behind schedule. i’ve read 15 of the 24 chapters and likely i’ll finish up tomorrow night. but being a bit behind my self-imposed schedule is worth it. i love reading ms. lamott’s writing. she uses words as both music and paint. there is rhythm and rich imagery in her words and i just enjoy taking my time with them. and then there are the thin places. places that her writing touches my soul in ways for which i have no words of my own, only tears. some are joyful tears and some are tears of deep grieving which need to be released.

i’ll write more about my overall impressions of the book when i’m finished, but for now, here are a couple favorite quotes:

“when God is going to do something wonderful, He or She always starts with a hardship; when God is going to do something amazing; He or She always starts with an impossibility.”

“the usual things helped: some distance, prayer, chocolate.”

“if regular people spotted your hidden, angry inside self, they’d draw back when they saw you coming. they would see you for what you are–human, flawed, more nuts than had been hoped–and they would probably not want to hire or date you.”

“everyone has been having a hard time with life this year; not with all of it, just the waking hours.”

“in fact, i’d like to skip ahead to the resurrection vision of one of the kids in our sunday school, who drew a picture of the easter bunny outside the tomb: everlasting life and a basket full of chocolates. now you’re talking.”

“age has given me what i was looking for my entire life–it has given me me.”


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