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where grace finds us

May 23, 2010

As I am hopping around San Francisco (though, today, I’m actually in Santa Cruz), I felt there could be no better place to read Anne Lamott. (After all, it is her home area.)

Her sharp, funny, and bluntly honest writing has had a huge effect on me as a writer and as a follower of Jesus — namely, it has taught me that truth doesn’t have to be squeaky and pretty to be true and powerful. The Holy Spirit shows up even in books frittered with the “f-word” and written by liberals with dreadlocks who admit they don’t have it all together. God meets us in the darkest places we can offer Him and doesn’t shy away from us when we are less than perfect. Even as He refines us, we must continue to remain in the humility and grittiness of His grace or we’re lost.

This Sunday, I will leave you with these words from the lovely Anne:

“I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.”

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 26, 2010 10:26 am

    What a beautiful post! Thanks for sharing, and I think I need to pick up some Anne Lamott stat.

  2. June 25, 2010 11:33 pm

    I love Anne Lamott. I don’t always agree with her theology, but I love the rawness of her story and her description of her conversion story is one of the strongest I’ve ever read. I’ve been thinking about blogging about some of my favorite “christian” books that you’ll never or hardly ever find in a Christian bookstore. I don’t even know how many times I’ve read Traveling Mercies and it still moves me to tears and stirs me up every time.

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