Plan B

  • by Anne Lamott
  • Narrated by Anne Lamott
  • 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With the trademark wisdom, humor, and honesty that made Anne Lamott's book on faith, Traveling Mercies, a runaway best seller, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith is a spiritual antidote to anxiety and despair in increasingly fraught times. The world is a more dangerous place than it was when Lamott's Traveling Mercies was published five years ago. Terrorism and war have become the new normal; environmental devastation looms even closer. And there are personal demands on Lamott's faith as well: turning 50; her mother's Alzheimer's; her son's adolescence; and the passing of friends and time. Fortunately for those of us who are anxious and scared about the state of the world, whose parents are also aging and dying, whose children are growing harder to recognize as they become teenagers, Plan B offers hope in the midst of despair. It shares with us Lamott's ability to comfort, and to make us laugh despite the grim realities. Anne Lamott is one of our most beloved writers, and Plan B is a book more necessary now than ever. It will prove to be further evidence that, as The Christian Science Monitor has written, "Everybody loves Anne Lamott."

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What the Critics Say

"Anne Lamott is a cause for celebration. [Her] real genius lies in capturing the ineffable, describing not perfect moments, but imperfect ones...perfectly. She is nothing short of miraculous." (The New Yorker)
"Funny and candid....Lamott brings invaluable humor, imagination, and magnanimity to the conversation about faith." (Booklist)

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Honest and Thoughtful

Anne Lamott is a rarity in these times: a Progressive Feminist Christian!
As a writer she is extraordinarily generous, sharing how she moved through very dark times into recovery. She doesn't posture or pretend. She speaks for and inspires people who are deeply distressed by our country's class warfare, people who are struggling to forgive destructive parents, or who are struggling not to be destructive parents themselves, people who are into their 50s, trying to gather up whatever hard won wisdom they hope they've gained. She's a quirky, poetic writer. Plan B is an insightful memoir.
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- Lisa

Some elements of truth, but not an inspiration

This book is not without truth, but it was far from inspiring. This is not so much book about spiritual truths as it is a collection of essays about the author's experiences. She is right to make connections between her own sense of brokenness and the broken people that Jesus called to himself, but she doesn't take it any further.

She seems to take a position that God accepts everyone, so don't set your sights on anything better than where you find yourself. In fact, God calls us to much more... holiness.

Even so, some of her imagery is interesting and there are some really novel turns of a phrase here and there. But I found her frequent profanity and regular diatribes against President Bush to be unnecessary distractions that left me with a sour, uninspired disposition.

I listened to the end, only to be sure there wasn't something I missed. This one wasn't worth the time.
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- Paul Mullen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2005
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio