Bestselling author and spiritual sage, Anne Lamott releases Stitches: a Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair Tuesday, October 29th that follows her popular book on prayer, Help, Thanks, Wow. Stitches, captures her unique, wry and sometimes funny spiritual insights aimed at how to make sense out of life’s chaos in the midst of “evil or catastrophe.”
Such as unwanted divorce, suicide or natural disasters that she writes are examples of “when life hotfoots it out of town,” a phrase indicative of her unique writing style. Which she then summarizes with this question—“Where is meaning in the pits?”
The book is “intended to be useful on the bad days,” she writes. For days when the phone rings with news of a devastating car accident or the mail arrives with ominous diagnosis results that suggest cancer or the television pans horrific pictures to announce the largest tornado every recorded on earth such as the one that struck El Reno, OK, May 31, 2013.
She uses the example of the classic darning egg that fits insides damaged socks to make them easier to repair, to the familiar “rituals and repetitions” that make lives easier to repair and knit back together—“one stitch at a time.”
She shares her own recovery from addiction, the loss and death of close friends and her inability to explain the horror of the Connecticut Newtown massacre of 20 children to her Sunday school class as examples. It’s the return to everyday “fragments and experiences” that equip us to survive, she writes, whether with the help of a stranger, loved one, or neighbor.
That sense of community that draws communities together is what affords the “stitches” to recover “wholeness after loss” in the patchwork of life. Where, pain, grief and sadness are embraced with the help of God’s grace and the support of loving family and friends.
Anne’s thoughts on human loss and brokenness are served with slices of quirky humor, wisdom and spiritual insight that pull readers in and won’t let them go, perhaps because of what O Magazine calls “her honest portrayal of chaotic human emotions.”
For more of Anne’s unique outlook check out Anne Lamott Quotes posted by Brainy Quote.
Stitches…Meaning, Hope and Repair, by Anne Lamott, Riverhead Books, Hardcover, October 29, 2013, 112 Pages, 978-1594632587, $17.99
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