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Help. Thanks. Wow.: The Three Essential Prayers

Anne Lamott

Hardback: Riverhead, 2012.
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Reviewed by Ellen Painter Dollar.

 

Anne Lamott opens her newest book, Help. Thanks. Wow.: The Three Essential Prayers (Riverhead 2012) with these words: “I do not know much about God and prayer, but I have come to believe, over the past twenty-five years, that there’s something to be said about keeping prayer simple.” Reading that, I silently uttered one of the three prayers that Lamott presents as essential: “Thanks.” The notion that life-changing prayer can be simple was a message I needed to hear.

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