Anne Lamott is a gem, a gifted writer who has become a beacon of honesty, light and laughter and common sense, and a true (at least to me) practitioner of moral values: helping the poor, praying for peace, trying to see all humanity including politicians she can't bear as one family and trying to love that family. Some of the language in her latest collection of essays, <b>Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith</b>, is colloquially irreverent, but her profound faith in God and Jesus, her willingness to talk about her far from lily-white past, admit anxieties and doubts, "acknowledge the mess" in our lives and in the world, make her easy discussion of difficult topics wonderfully relevant and meaningful in a time of real uncertainty. Lamott reads her own never-empty words, making her abiding faith seem even more powerful.

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