Anne Lamott’s divine comedy

Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith.
By Anne Lamott. Pantheon, 275 pp. 

Read the sidebar interview, 'God lets me start over.'

To say that Anne Lamott is a born-again Christian is to invite misunderstanding, for she is also an irreverent child of the 1960s, a lifelong Democrat and a comedian. And, though she writes about a life-changing encounter with Christ, she does not pretend to have gotten her life completely together. She continues to struggle with despair, her own ego and relationships with men. With her characteristic self-deprecating honesty and savage wit, she labels herself a "bad born-again Christian."


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