Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott

Hallelujah Anyway

From the bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow and Stitches comes a powerful exploration of mercy, its limitless (if sometimes hidden) presence, why we ignore it, and how we can embrace itMercy is radical kindness, Anne Lamott writes in her enthralling and heartening book, Hallelujah Anyway. 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 dif...

Details Hallelujah Anyway

TitleHallelujah Anyway
Release DateApr 4th, 2017
PublisherRiverhead Books
GenreNonfiction, Spirituality, Autobiography, Memoir, Religion, Faith

Reviews Hallelujah Anyway

  • Diane S ☔
    I generally read anything this author writes but even if I didn't the title in this one made it a must read. This world needs more mercy and compassion, it is I feel sorely lacking. Although I found this offering more scattered, less concentrated than her usual works, some of what she talks about just seems like common sense, there are as always phrases and thoughts that amaze. One of the things that I like about Lamott is that even though she qu...
  • Clara
    For me, Anne Lamott's nonfiction books on living in faith (and I don't mean denominational Faith) are not individual volumes but one continuing narrative. I mean this as a compliment. True, some books are slighter than others, either literally or figuratively, but all are needed and welcome. If you're a human being who struggles --with everything from trying to make sense of the current political environment to envying your girlfriend who, unlike...
  • Cheri
    “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” -- Micah 6:8”I came into this world with mercy for nearly everyone, everywhere, and for all cats and dogs at the pound.””Mercy is radical kindness. Mercy means offering or being offered aid in desperate straits. Mercy is not deserved. It involves absolving the unabsolvable, forgiving the unforgiveable. Mercy brings us to the m...
  • Rebecca Foster
    (2.5) I’ve read all of Lamott’s nonfiction, and am quite fond of her rambly theological memoirs. Although this is probably one of her two weakest books, her fans will want to read it anyway. The overall theme is a bit loose and the personal anecdotes seem tired and/or thin on the ground, especially in the early chapters (she argues with her son about an unwise comment she made about a transgender person; she tries to resist buying an expensiv...
  • Diane Barnes
    Just okay. Maybe me, maybe her, but nothing special about this one.
  • Kelly Hager
    Every time Anne Lamott releases a book, it is somehow just what I needed to read. I definitely struggle with forgiving people, and I do fully grasp that the only one hurt by this is me. (People should never be allowed to keep hurting you, and one of the ways they can do that is if you keep dwelling on it, and them.)One of the things I love most about Anne Lamott is that she seems to struggle with this, too, and she'll have these amazingly witty o...
  • Ellie
    I can't speak for what she's like in person but on the page, Anne Lamott has a warm and welcoming persona. Just spending time with her in these pages is restorative. This book is her meditation on mercy; what it is and why we need it, even (or especially) when we most feel we don't deserve it.The pages that deal with her experiences were the most alive for me. Her more general comments on the human condition and mercy felt true and healing but we...
  • Lisa
    I'm sorry to be giving this book such few stars, but it was mostly a miss for me. I love Anne Lamott's writing - she can be funny and biting and tender all at once. But this writing was often rambling and repetitive, with little of her usual humor. There were many times I had to reread a particular passage in order to understand what she was trying to say and to try to figure out how it fit in with the passages before or after it. I've always lov...
  • Cathy
    Great to read when you're feeling run down or needing to hear something hopeful. This is your vitamin. Such a cool lady, transparent soul, and the epitome of God's grace & mercy in action.
  • Kristen Beverly
    I must admit that this is my first book that I've read by her, but I really, really loved it. It was exactly what I needed to her. This world could definitely use more mercy and kindness.
  • Kate Johnson
    I woke up early today, Saturday, and knew exactly what I wanted to do. My husband and 2 dogs were still sleeping. I brewed a pot of coffee and began reading this wonderful book which arrived yesterday. Actually, I ordered 3 because they were so inexpensive on Amazon and thought it only fair to Anne Lamott to start with a few copies. I've read several of her other books. This may be my favorite. I took a gardening break as the day was perfect to b...
  • Charlotte
    I loved this book as I have all of Anne Lamott's books. She is so imperfectly perfect! Real Christianity here for us to relate to. This is one I will read over and over. The only flaw was she never said how she worked out her problems with her son.
  • Ruth
    Lamott's books are always hit or miss with me. Even her misses are good for me to read, like plain oatmeal can nourish the body, even if it doesn't do much for the soul, but here, in Hallelujah Anyway, she has hit it out of the park. Her writings on faith tend towards the autobiographical, a memoir of her struggles and failings, and here she is failing in ways that I fail, and the lessons she is learning are ones that God is nudging me to sit wit...
  • Literary Chic
    This is what I get for rushing to load my Kindle before vacation. I though it said from the author of "THE Help." Oh the power of a tiny article! This author wrote a book called "Help..." not "THE Help."Anyway, the wordy first person testimony didn't work for me. It came across as condescending. I totally agree that we need to be more merciful. Our society gets entirely too much enjoyment from finding fault in my opinion. However, this book didn'...
  • Marta
    I almost gave up on this tiny book, and it would have been my loss. I didn't know what to make of Lamott's style. Most essays are linear, the sentences little arrows that point at the next sentence and direct you to a conclusion. Lamott's opening essays are disjointed, almost rambling. I was bummed out for her, thinking maybe her best writing days were over. Then I realized that instead of diagramming mercy, she was making a collage- overlapping ...
  • Julie
    I've never read any of her other books, but she came highly recommended. Plus, the title is excellent. I downloaded it immediately. The problems for me were that I couldn't relate to her, her stories were too quick and unrelated, and I read more anger, judgement, and fear than I did actual mercy. There was hardly any Hallelujah. I kept waiting for something deep and serious about mercy: giving it back to yourself, giving it to others, and how tha...
  • Cara Meredith
    Love me some Anne Lamott but she's sounding tired. She definitely seemed to dive into the Bible more than ever before, but with it lost much of her snark and humor.
  • Laila (BigReadingLife)
    Listened to the audio book read by Lamott herself. She's one of my favorite people. She always makes me feel less alone in my crazy. I don't know if I'd have liked this as much as I did if I'd read it in print form. There's something about having an author read their work that enhances it for me. Plus, quite honestly, I'm more forgiving of audio because I'm not 100% paying attention (often driving or cleaning, etc.) Still, this was just lovely. F...
  • Thomas DeWolf
    Anne Lamott's books are so comforting. Even when they're challenging, they are challenging in a comforting way, like a long-time, trusted friend. In the challenging times in which we live, it is comforting to know someone like Anne Lamott struggles with the same stuff I struggle with, that so many of us struggle with... relationships, growing up, deadlines, self-importance, our kids, our parents, you name it. And through it all, receiving and off...
  • Bronwyn
    I gave Anne Lamott a five-star rating mainly because she makes me laugh out loud. And many times. I lover her writing style. I love her personality. I'm not what you might call a progressive Christian. I don't use swear words, a decision I made some time ago because I want my speech to be a blessing to others. Yet, Anne is okay with it and I'm okay with her being okay with it. We're all in the body of Christ and I actually like that she doesn't s...
  • Liz
    Anne Lamott's writing is like a warm hug just when you need it "Mercy is radical kindness. Mercy means offering or being offered aid in desperate straits. Mercy is not deserved. It involves forgiving the debt, absolving the unabsolvable.""I can be a hero in my storm, which is where I found a sense of value as a child, as the tense little EMT in a damaged family. Crisis, self-centered fear, and saving people were home for me, with a wet bar servin...
  • Susie
    Anne Lamott never disappoints...her wit, insight, compassion and reflection are always so deeply appreciated!✨🙏✨ Hallelujah, anyway!🙏☺🙏 Anne Lamott never disappoints...her wit, insight, compassion and reflection are always so deeply appreciated!✨🙏✨ Hallelujah, anyway!🙏☺️🙏
  • Deb
    I had never read any of Ann Lamott's books. But I had seen her quotes, her tweets and comments during this crazy political time and connected with her fully. I was lucky to see her speak and read from this amazing book. Reading this book gave me answers on how to deal with things in my life and what is going on in our world. Including scripture readings and her explanations of finding and giving mercy was so perfectly written. Thank you Ann for s...
  • Luann
    Although I inwardly resist Lamott’s quirky, semi sarcastic spirituality, I am also occasionally moved by it. She knows the broken, crooked pathways and can offer a sturdy footfall. I’m in a world of hurt these days; I will take kindness from every quarter. Hallelujah anyway. Sounds and feels so much better than Fuck Those Assholes.
  • Dianne
    I picked up this book on a whim at one of my favorite independent book stores Book Culture. The cover alone makes me happy! Anne Lamont explores mercy in quite some depth and I am thankful for having read her thoughts and think this will be a book to pick up again. I certainly needed a dose of mercy checking and teaching as I navigate my thoughts on our current times. I love her recognition of the remarkable gift of the very small simple things t...
  • Kricket
    sometimes little books show up exactly when we need them. if you are struggling with anger or grudges or just trying really hard to figure everything out and file it neatly away but it won't stay put, you might find some wisdom in this book. i'm still struggling with anger and grudges and trying really hard to figure everything out, but at least the act of reading this book calmed me down a little bit, and now i have some inspirational quotes to ...
  • Rachel
    Anne Lamott always feels like a breath of fresh air to me. She polishes the lens through which I view life. This book has the same format and feel of her book Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair, which I also quite enjoyed. This one probably a bit less so, as in some parts her thought process was vague and hard to follow, though this could be due to that post-Christmas pre-New Years haze. As an aside, the book itself is quite beauti...
  • Kris Patrick
    Good for a day when you're not feeling very good about yourself. Like today, for me.
  • Conrad Zero
    50% poetic writing, 50% A.D.D. list making, 100% challenging to process, Hallelujah Anyway is a casserole of Anne Lamott's personal observations, experiences and brushes with mercy, recovery and Catholicism. By page three, I found myself less interested in the topic and experiences of the author than the way she laid her thoughts out on the page. To achieve a B.A. in Philosophy, I had to read some pretty 'dense' texts, but nothing like Anne's wri...