After working toward reconciliation, she philosophically concludes, "Time, and showing up, turn most messes to compost, and something surprising may grow..."Reconciliation isn't easy, as we see when Lamott reflects on her departed mother.
"While she was alive, I spent my life like a bitter bell-hop, helping my mother carry around her psychic trunks...
Her wisdom and forthrightness has made her an “icon of blessed imperfection [whose] classics like Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird have become handbooks for parents and writers whose lives lean toward the joyously messy” (Salon.com).
Profound, caring and hopeful, author Anne Lamott is known for addressing complex subjects like addiction, motherhood and faith with self-effacing humor and ruthless honesty.
Less ardent Democrats may also find the continual Bush-bashing a too-easy device.
But what makes this book sparkle is Lamott's signature voice, wrenching honesty, willingness to look at our "ugly common secrets," and authentic, hard-won faith.
It can take days, weeks." She reminds herself that when you pray, "you are not starting the conversation from scratch, just remembering to plug back into a conversation that is always in progress." Some days, she refreshingly admits, she hardly knows what to pray for. Well, whatever."When she starts a Sunday school, she unearths some unpleasant truths.
"It turned out that I did not like children, or at any rate, they made me extremely nervous, and I had almost nothing to share with them, except that Jesus loved them, and I did too, even when I was in a bad mood." Teaching Sunday school also unexpectedly spawns racial tension.