Fellow Misfits: Anne Lamott


I think everyone knows that Anne Lamott belongs squarely in the middle of our little island. I went looking through some of my favorites of her books for quotes for this post, and there were too many to count, but I’ve narrowed it down to three that were what I needed to be reminded of today:

From Bird by Bird:

“You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” 

From Plan B:

“I have a lot of faith. But I am also afraid a lot, and have no real certainty about anything. I remembered something Father Tom had told me–that the opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty. Certainty is missing the point entirely. Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns.” 

From Traveling Mercies:

“This is the most profound spiritual truth I know: that even when we’re most sure that love can’t conquer all, it seems to anyway. It goes down into the rat hole with us, in the guise of our friends, and there it swells and comforts. It gives us second winds, third winds, hundredth winds.” 

What about you? What’s your favorite Anne Lamott book or quote or story?

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  1. I adore all of Traveling Mercies, but my favorite story is about calling her thighs “the aunties” – it’s not particularly spiritual, but hilarious and ringing with truth.

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