“Mercy is radical kindness,” Anne Lamott writes. “It’s the permission you give others—and yourself—to forgive a debt, to absolve the unabsolvable, to let go of the judgment and pain that make life so difficult.”
Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy is an engaging and approachable follow-up to her New York Times bestselling Help, Thanks, Wow and Stitches, Lamott once again ventures forth to explore where we should look to find meaning in life. We should begin, she suggests, by “facing a great big mess, especially the great big mess of ourselves.” It’s up to each of us to recognize the presence and importance of mercy everywhere—“within us and outside us, all around us”—and to use it to forge a deeper understanding of ourselves and more honest connections with each other. While it can be difficult to do, it’s nevertheless crucial, Lamott says, as “kindness towards others, beginning with myself, buys us a shot at a warm and generous heart, the greatest prize of all.”
Full of her trademark honesty, humor and forthrightness, this is classic Anne Lamott—profound and caring, funny and wise, and further proof that Lamott truly speaks to the better angels of our natures. Download and start listening now!