Do Yourself a Favour, Hmm?

<January 2009>

I recently read the most WONDERFUL novel (so what else is new, hmm? I’m always, always, always reading and recommending yet another great book…I know, I know…).

But you really have to read this one. It’s called Joe Jones, and it’s by Anne Lamott, and the characters are wonderful. Lou is wise and funny and lovable beyond belief, and on pages 149 and 150 there is enough wisdom in a few short paragraphs that reading them could change your life.

I mean it!

If I thought I could get away with it, I’d print up the relevant passages right here, so you could read them right now, but I think that might get me in trouble with the copyright police or something…

So go on out and buy the book, or borrow it from your local library (as I did; I was looking for another author whose name begins with “L,” and instead this one jumped right off the shelf at me…and since I’ve been a major Anne Lamott fan for a decade or so now, I was mighty happy about that…and even happier once I got into the novel).

I promise you, you will not be disappointed.

‘Nuff said.

Janet

P.S. My good friend Suzanne introduced me to Anne Lamott 10 years ago now (thank you Suzanne!!!). I own copies of her books Bird by Bird – Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Traveling Mercies – Some Thoughts on Faith, Plan B – Further Thoughts on Faith, and Grace (Eventually) – Thoughts on Faith. Anne and I come from a very different place, faith-wise, but that doesn’t matter a t’all. This is one wise, compassionate, funny, self-deprecating, searingly honest woman (& also a mother, which is sure relevant to me...). If you haven’t yet read Anne Lamott, you are in for a treat!