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by Dave on August 28, 2014



Anne Lamott isn’t (yet) a widely recognised name in the UK, but in her native USA she’s well known for her books on life and spirituality, which are full of self-deprecating humour, candor and tenderness – and no easy answers.

Anne’s best-known book is Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts On Faith, a personal and funny memoir shining the light of faith on the dark parts of ordinary life. Her most recent release, Help, Thanks, Wow is about the simple prayers that get us through everyday struggles. It’s been described as: “A book on prayer that surpasses all faith, denomination and big word bias, and instead deals with the reality of heart and prayer” (

Anne will be speaking at the Greenbelt festival ( over the bank holiday weekend. But if you don’t get to hear her there – and even if you do – you’ll have another opportunity when we have the honour of hosting an event with Anne right here at St Luke’s, on 26 August (the day after the festival).

“I try to write the books I would love to come upon – that are honest, concerned with real lives, human hearts, spiritual transformation, families, secrets, wonder, craziness – and that can make me laugh,” says Anne. “Books, for me, are medicine.”

This is an event not to be missed. So spread the word and see you at St Luke’s on Tuesday 26 August, at 7.30pm, to enjoy a rare opportunity to hear from this exceptional writer.

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