Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott

I’m now able to cross off the fourth book on the list since I posted the list April 5th. That fourth book, as the title of this post suggests, is Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott.


I first heard of Anne Lamott a couple months ago, when a friend loaned me a copy of her Bird by Bird. Traveling Mercies is a spiritual memoir.

I’m now, as of finishing my second (both nonfiction!) of her works, officially a fan of Anne Lamott. I can hardly wait to get my hands on some fiction now — and the sequels to Traveling Mercies. That pronouncement perhaps is delayed; I like Bird by Bird, too.

It’s embarrassing to reveal I’d never read (or heard of, even!) any of her books sooner. I likened her writing style, although the comparison is admitedly backward, to Donald Miller’s in Blue Like Jazz.

I started this book while in the car, driving to Nebraska. My husband, who was driving, is now making his way through it, since I was laughing while I read. It was one of the books I checked out of my local library to take on the trip.

She’s funny, witty, frank.


3 responses to “Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott

  1. I’ve used Bird by Bird in my composition classes, but I’ve not read any of her other work. I’ll make a point to do so very soon – I love books that make me laugh out loud (though I have to admit to being jealous that you can read in a moving car. Blugh! The very THOUGHT makes me feel green!)

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