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Prayer, simplified

Slim volume transcends variety in faiths

By Beverly Meyer

The Free Lance-Star

THE CONCEPTS are simple, the package petite, the voice friendly.

Once again, Anne Lamott offers her popular wisdom on faith, this time  on the practice of prayer.

In 100 pages, Lamott tells us without presumption or prescription her view of the three stages of addressing the great Something.

First, we ask for help, and, by doing so, turn our focus  to allow help to come.

Second, in recognizing our blessings and the gifts we receive during the course of  facing each day, we put aside complicated and noisy affirmations and replace them with  simple thanks.

And third, we embrace wonder. We look around within our life and see all there is to generate awe.

Already  a popular fiction writer, Lamott adds to her body of work in nonfiction themes of faith with this slim volume dealing with prayer.

For those seeking a meaningful gift at the winter holidays, “Help Thanks Wow” crosses  religious boundaries to provide thoughtful reflection to those of any faith.

Beverly Meyer is a copy editor  at The Free Lance–Star.

HELP THANKS WOW

By Anne Lamott

(Penguin, $17.95, 102 pp.)

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