Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

by Anne Lamott

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Overview

New York Times bestseller from the author of Hallelujah Anyway, Bird by Bird, and Almost Everything.

Author Anne Lamott writes about the three simple prayers essential to coming through tough times, difficult days and the hardships of daily life.

Readers of all ages have followed and cherished Anne Lamott’s funny and perceptive writing about her own faith through decades of trial and error. And in her new book, Help, Thanks, Wow, she has coalesced everything she knows about prayer to these fundamentals.

It is these three prayers – asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what we have that is good, and feeling awe at the world around us – that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward. In Help, Thanks, Wow, Lamott recounts how she came to these insights, explains what they mean to her and how they have helped, and explores how others have embraced these same ideas.

Insightful and honest as only Anne Lamott can be, Help, Thanks, Wow is the everyday faith book that new Lamott readers will love and longtime Lamott fans will treasure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594631290
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 44,847
Product dimensions: 4.98(w) x 8.12(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Anne Lamott is the New York Times bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; StitchesSome Assembly RequiredGrace (Eventually)Plan BTraveling Mercies; Bird by Bird; Operating Instructions, and the forthcoming Hallelujah Anyway. She is also the author of several novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.

Hometown:

Fairfax, California

Date of Birth:

1954

Place of Birth:

San Francisco, California

Education:

Attended Goucher College in Maryland before dropping out to write

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Charmingly irreverent.”
MORE magazine

“Filled with Lamott's unique brand of humor, wisdom and profound spiritual insight… She has a gift for putting into words what it means to accept and ultimately embrace the beauty, mystery, and pain that is life.”
San Antonio Express-News

“Practical and poetic advice on prayer.”
The Oregonian 

“An imaginative do-it-yourself approach to spirituality…With a stand-up comic’s snap and pop, candid and righteous Lamott tells hilarious and wrenching tales about various predicaments that have sparked her prayers and inspired her to encourage others to pray anytime, anywhere, and any way.”
Booklist

“[A] prayer manual for people who wouldn’t be caught dead reading prayer manuals… anybody who gets it as a holiday gift will likely just say, ‘Thanks. Wow.’”
Publishers Weekly

“A refreshingly simple approach to spiritual practice in a pint-sized reflection on prayer…Lamott manages to deftly convey the idea that in trying to control things, we’ve largely lost our ability to see the good and the miraculous in everyday life…there’s more here than meets the eye.”
Kirkus Reviews

“[With Lamott’s] usual fluency and charm…A worthy successor to her prior works…[Help, Thanks, Wow] will delight Lamott’s regular readers, and likely draw new readers to her writing.”
Library Journal (starred review)
 

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INTRODUCTION

Readers of all ages have followed and cherished Anne Lamott's funny and perceptive writing about her own faith through decades of trial and error. And in her new book, Help, Thanks, Wow, she has coalesced everything she knows about prayer to these fundamentals.

It is these three prayers - asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what we have that is good, and feeling awe at the world around us - that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward. In Help, Thanks, Wow, Lamott recounts how she came to these insights, explains what they mean to her and how they have helped, and explores how others have embraced these same ideas.

Insightful and honest as only Anne Lamott can be, Help, Thanks, Wow is the everyday faith book that new Lamott readers will love and longtime Lamott fans will treasure.

 


ABOUT ANNE LAMOTT

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Help, Thanks, Wow, Some Assembly Required, Grace (Eventually), Plan B, and several others. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.

 


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
  • In the prelude, Anne Lamott writes about the individual ways in which people pray: "Prayer means that, in some unique way, we believe we're invited into a relationship with someone who hears us when we speak in silence" (p.4). What has been your unique relationship to prayer? Has it changed over time? Do you pray differently after you finished this book?
  • Lamott talks about The Serenity Prayer-"a Greatest Hits prayer," she calls it-in the section on Help. Do you have a prayer, or a saying or mantra, which you turn to when times get tough? Or have you made your own, like Lamott has?
  • In the section on Thanks, Lamott shares an inspiring story about her friend Barbara who suffers from Lou Gehrig's disease and can no longer speak, but is still grateful for the beauty she finds in the world (p.56). Who in your life has encouraged you to feel gratitude? When have you felt most grateful?
  • Lamott says that spring is her main Wow. When was the last time you experienced an uppercase Wow? What or who inspired it?
  • "New is life," (p. 87) Lamott writes of change and how we should embrace it, despite how scary and confusing it can be. How have you dealt with change in your life? What do you do when you need to get out of your comfort zone? How do you think you embrace change?
  • At the end of the book Lamott writes, "More than anything, prayer helps me get my sense of humor back" (p.100). How has Lamott used humor throughout this book to talk about prayer? What role does humor play in faith?

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