Help, Thanks, Wow

  • by Anne Lamott
  • Narrated by Anne Lamott
  • 1 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Anne Lamott is known for her perceptive and funny writings about spirituality. Readers and listeners of all ages have followed her faith journey through decades of trial and error (sometimes more error than Annie wanted), and in her new book, she has coalesced all she knows about prayer to three essentials: Help, Thanks, and Wow. It is these three prayers - asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating all that we have and all that is good, and feeling awe at the beauty of the world around us - that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward.
In Help, Thanks, Wow, Anne 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, funny and honest, Help, Thanks, Wow is the everyday faith book that new Lamott readers will love and longtime Lamott fans will cherish.


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Customer Reviews

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Thanks and Wow

I picked up the book even though I wasn't sure about the prayer part and I'm glad I did. In less than two hours Anne Lamott gives us a succinct, funny, and all-inclusive tale about her journey from "fine china" prayers to the three that are more of the paper plate variety and probably more effective. Written in an authentic style, Lamott unapologetically shares her take on approaching god whether she is a mountain, an armchair, or some other external power we can talk to. Her breathe of knowledge about all types of spirituality is evident in the content and readers can be comfortable with her version of truth regardless of where they are in their spiritual journeys. She is honest about who we are as people and as a society yet, in the end, states we are "mostly decent." For me the hope and charm of this book is that I finished it and could say, "Yeah, I do that and can probably do a little bit more of it." While I cannot say Lamott is the best narrator in the world, she is acceptable and there is something special about her reading her own work. If you are looking for a short, touching read that helps you move along toward a little bit of change in a non defensive way, this book is wonderful.
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- Holly Helscher

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Would you listen to Help, Thanks, Wow again? Why?

I could and might listen to this several times. I believe that everyone would or could get something out of this little gem!

What did you like best about this story?

It is very personal and human.

How could the performance have been better?

I didn't really enjoy the author's voice. I might have enjoyed reading the book on my own even more. But the overall message and points were so good that I got over it.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole book speaks to the human experience and there was a particularly touching story the author shared about a boy coming to learn about the realities of death and that his mother would likely die before him.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend if you are interested in spiritual life, regardless of religious affiliation.

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- Eileen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-13-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio