UTO Reads! Anne Lamott’s "Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers"

June 17, 2019
The Rev. Canon Heather L. Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering

This summer, we invite you to join us in reading a small (102 pages) volume on prayer from Anne Lamott. Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers is a quick dive into the importance of prayers of praise, gratitude, and surrender.

You can hear an NPR interview with Ms. Lamott about this book here.

You have all summer to read it, and we’ll gather to discuss it on Tuesday, September 24, at 7 p.m. Eastern time on Zoom. (And it will be a great chance to welcome Heather back from sabbatical!)

Here’s a description from Penguin Books:

Readers 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 book, 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 book that new Lamott readers will love and longtime Lamott fans will treasure.

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; and several others. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.

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