I first met you in seminary, introduced to you by my Preaching professor, Dr. John Holbert, who taught Preaching Contemporary Literature. Reading your story in Traveling Mercies, I was drawn to the way you came to know God as your God and God's people as your people. I loved your story and I've re-read that book numerous times since then, each time from a different place in my life and yet always drawing on the simple and profound wisdom your words bring to me.
And so, instantly, I was an Anne Lamott reader, learning from book to book from you and gathering other Anne Lamott readers in my circle of reading friends along the way. Operating Instructions; Grace (Eventually); Some Assembly Required; Help, Thanks, Wow; Stitches; Small Victories....those are the ones who come to mind. The beauty of your writing, the way I get to laugh out loud at your humor, and the strength of your discipline and wisdom have been a big part of my life as a reader and as a sojourner. And to know that you are "one of us," has been a true blessing.
Reading your books is indeed a marvelous thing, so you can imagine how much I LOVED getting to hear you speak at Christ Cathedral in Houston about four years ago, as you went on tour for Stitches...I brought some of my Anne Lamott reading friends with me. You gave us hope in a time when we were reeling from the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings. Your honest approach to finding community and fellowship gives us all a pathway to finding healing and hope...and so I have to tell you that while the aftermath of that shooting was indeed devastating, our culture seems to be devolving before our very eyes...and so I find myself re-reading whole passages of Stitches. It's just one way I am able to find some hope in all of what I see happening in our world. And then, recently I watched your TED talk, Twelve Truths I Learned from Life and Writing and loved to see you speak that wisdom. It IS good to be sure of a few things, and you have taught me much over the past years. Goodness, I cringe at the image of me running along side my children with sunscreen and chapstick on their hero's journey. Thanks for reminding me that I must indeed release them!
You are beautiful and wise and you have taught me that we ALL have immense beauty and wisdom with in us and when we embrace our own beauty and wisdom, we make it way more possible to embrace the beauty and wisdom of each other.
Much love to you,