Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamont
I have a friend who is willing to sell his soul to the devil just to be able to date Anne Lamont. I'm holding out for a better deal, but I understand his passion. Reading Lamont makes me laugh, get angry, feel sad, and be grateful that I'm not married to her. She is brilliantly neurotic, and sincerely faithful. Definitely the most accessible Christian for non-Christians to read, her work is more about the existential plight of being awake and alive than it is about any dogma. You gotta love someone who writes "What on earth did Mary do when Jesus was thirteen? Here's what I think: she occasionally started gathering rocks."
I was doing fine until I got to the chapter "This Dogs Life." I finished reading about the sweet death of her dog, and I called my Portuguese Water Dog Dive to come lay on me. Then I cried at how hard it is to love someone so intensely knowing that they will die.
Maybe my friend isn't so nutty after all.
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