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A couple of years ago the adult forum at church read Anne Lamott’s Traveling Mercies.  I fell in love with Anne’s style of writing at that time and so when I saw this new (to me) book of hers I had no hesitation buying it.

Annie has a way of saying the most profound things about spirituality in an utterly humorous fashion. Politically Annie is a diehard liberal. She hates all that George Bush did, especially getting us into Iraq.  And that comes out pointedly in her book. But even if you are an extreme right wing Republican or, like me, an independent moderate, there is much to enjoy in Plan B. 

Annie writes about her life as a mother of an only son, Sam; about her evolving relationship with Sam.  She describes her rages, her guilt and her self-righteousness in battles with her son.  As the mother of four sons I relate so much with her.  And I certainly relate to her description of boredom with motherhood – something no one else talks about or describes in books I have read.

She talks about this friend of hers, Jack, who founded a meditation center.  He taught her to slow down, breathe and take care of everyone – something Jesus taught.  Breathing is our connection to the Holy Spirit, to our bodies, minds and souls.  Jack taught Annie that if the devil can’t get you to sin, he’ll keep you busy.  So slow down and breathe. 

Annie seems to live life on the edge.  She is stressed out all the time.  One of her hilarious picture she paints is how she says she feels like a possum. “Possums are stressed out to the max”. They don’t live very long in the wild. Possums have two anatomical anomeles which I can’t mention here. You’ll just have to read the book. She says she supposes “that if I had two ****** and still fainted a lot I’d be stressed to the max too!”

Annie is witty, wonderful and everyone can find something to relate to in what she says. After I read this book again, I’m going to donate the book to the church library. By the way, if any of you have a book you think others would enjoy, consider donating it to the library.

                                                                                            Faithfully yours,

                                                                                            Kathy Swenson


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