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Author: Anne Lamott Narrator: Anne Lamott Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2019 ISBN: 9780593149829
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The New York Times bestseller from the author of Hallelujah Anyway, Bird by Bird, and Almost Everything

Author Anne Lamott writes about the three simple prayers essential to coming through tough times, difficult days and the hardships of daily life.

Listeners of all ages have followed and cherished Anne Lamott’s funny and perceptive writing about her own faith through decades of trial and error. And in her new audiobook, Help, Thanks, Wow, she has coalesced everything she knows about prayer to these fundamentals.

It is these three prayers – asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what we have that is good, and feeling awe at the world around us – that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward. In Help, Thanks, Wow, 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 and honest as only Anne Lamott can be, Help, Thanks, Wow is the everyday faith audiobook that new Lamott listeners will love and longtime Lamott fans will treasure. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • An imaginative do-it-yourself approach to spirituality...With a stand-up comic's snap and pop, candid and righteous Lamott tells hilarious and wrenching tales about various predicaments that have sparked her prayers and inspired her to encourage others to pray anytime, anywhere, and any way. Booklist
  • [A] prayer manual for people who wouldn't be caught dead reading prayer manuals... anybody who gets it as a holiday gift will likely just say, 'Thanks. Wow.' Publishers Weekly
  • A refreshingly simple approach to spiritual practice in a pint-sized reflection on prayer... Lamott manages to deftly convey the idea that in trying to control things, we've largely lost our ability to see the good and the miraculous in everyday life... there's more here than meets the eye. Kirkus Reviews
  • Charmingly irreverent. MORE Magazine
  • Filled with Lamott's unique brand of humor, wisdom and profound spiritual insight... She has a gift for putting into words what it means to accept and ultimately embrace the beauty, mystery, and pain that is life. San Antonio Express-News
  • Practical and poetic advice on prayer. The Oregonian

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Garrett | 2/17/2014

    " I enjoyed this simple and joyful and clear-eyed book. The author doesn't tell me what to believe, she speaks movingly about the power of simple prayer in her life, and she illustrates a tension between humility and acceptance as opposed to frustration and snarkiness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 2/11/2014

    " I simply needed this book...a friend lent it to me because she knew it would speak to the deeper places. It may be a short little book, but Anne's way with words finds a dimension that protects each word written. It is just enough to grapple with, find hope, and to realize the need for personal prayer - while somehow keeping it simple but raw. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 2/6/2014

    " Some of the writing in this book of beautiful. Of course it is. I was eager to grab it from the library because ever since I heard of the "help thanks wow" idea of prayer a few years ago, I've loved it, and done lots of thinking about the 'wow' part and how it's different than 'thanks'. But I had enough issues with her thoughts in the book to only give this a 2. The writing was beautiful, yes, but the book didn't add anything good to my life or give me new ways to think about something I've been pondering awhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 2/4/2014

    " it made me laugh, and tear up, at first you think it's a little spacey or new agey and then it just hits you and you get it...Help, Thanks, Wow, Amen... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 1/23/2014

    " This is my 2nd Anne Lamott book. I'm trying so hard to reconnect with the spiritual--and the way she writes connects with me. What didn't connect with me--and which Lamott had no control--was the price of this ebook. I purchased it for about $10--and it turns out to be 63 pages long. No excuse for a 63-page ebook to be more than $3. Again, it's not Lamott's fault--but pure publisher greed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Quinn | 1/21/2014

    " A fast read about realistic prayer. Anne Lamott is in need of prayer, and knows we are all in need of help. It's a loving, easy book, about the simple prayers of asking for help, giving thanks, and expressing awe. One of those books you will come back to again when you need it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/20/2014

    " I loved this book -- loved it, and found my own heart resonating with Lamott's musings. Lamott, a Christian, is decidedly unconventional in referring to God as either He/Him or She/Her; personally, as the Bible talks about the creation of people, male and female, in God's image, I'm okay with this. She is also unconventional in finding Divine inspiration across spiritual traditions while remaining committed to Jesus. I find Help Thanks Wow to be a work of maturity and wisdom as the author expresses the simplicity of what prayer is and communicates its most stripped-down, unadorned self. I cannot say that I agree with every aspect of the book, but Lamott's honesty, messiness, grit, wonder, and humor refresh my own perspective on prayer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 1/19/2014

    " I love Anne Lamott. This was pretty short, easy to read, full of lovely analogies and such. A fun read, though not as full of learning and inspiration as Traveling Mercies and such. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/31/2013

    " A quick, easy read and, as always, Anne's words are manna to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 12/28/2013

    " Will definitely have to read this again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hermana | 12/17/2013

    " Loved it! This is a book I will keep and reread when I need a dose of inspiration. Lamott's simple, down to earth approach to prayer is refreshing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 12/14/2013

    " Anne Lamott really draws me in. I don't pray, but if I did, I'd start here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 12/8/2013

    " Loved this little prayer book. This is the first book I've read by Anne Lamott, and I love her sense of humor. Her down to earth writing really spoke to me, and wasn't condemning or belittling like other Christian writers tend to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 HD | 11/29/2013

    " Wow indeed. Just what I needed. I am already re-reading parts of it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donna | 10/16/2013

    " self indulgent pap. and i really like AL "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 10/15/2013

    " Although I don't agree with everything Lamott says, she is probably right that the three most important prayers we say are Help, Thanks, and Wow, or their variations. She likes to pray helphelphelphelphelphelp, thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou, and wowwowwowwowwowwow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shari | 7/8/2013

    " Funny, poignant and thought-provoking. Spiritual, but not too much! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 5/31/2013

    " Simple, straightforward and a keeper. A wonderful description of the peace that comes from prayer. It will go on my bookshelf right next to lindberg's Gift from the Sea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/17/2013

    " Informal, brief commentary on her 3 big prayers. I like her style of writing that isn't preachy; just her own observations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 4/22/2013

    " This was good, classic Anne Lamott. Not my favorite of her non-fiction, but still good stuff with plenty of gems. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 4/5/2013

    " Was hoping to have some enlightenment and clarity about spirituality and my relationship with it. Didn't quite get that but did get that I don't have to necessarily know WHO i'm praying to in order to do it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Priscilla | 2/10/2013

    " A quick read, but if you love Anne Lamott's writing as much as I then it's worth the brevity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 2/8/2013

    " Anne Lamont is funny and insightful as ever in this quick but thoughtful read. She offers important reminders about life, pain, pleasure and spirituality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Therese | 12/15/2012

    " I loved this book. I am reading it a second time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margi | 12/9/2012

    " Vintage Anne Lamott, but too short. "

About the Author

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Stitches; Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; and Traveling Mercies, among others. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame.