New in the Church Library: Anne Lamott and Holly Whitcomb

Library POST copy

Anne Lamott is well­-known for her many books that combine faith insights with irreverent humor. Since I can’t improve on what the critics have written about her latest book Small Victories; Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace (248 L), I’ll quote: “A collection of beautifully written essays, filled with nuggets of wisdom gathered over years of mindful living. The stories tackle some heavy topics … [but] Lamott’s candor, and sarcastic, self-­deprecating humor lighten the content and engage readers. …Her words heal us all.” (Chicago Tribune)

In our time­driven culture, Holly W. Whitcomb’s book Seven Spiritual Gifts of Waiting (248 W) encourages us to explore the hidden treasures of waiting ­­ patience, loss of control, living in the present, compassion, gratitude, humility, and trust in God. Since we all experience it; waiting for a new baby to sleep through the night, waiting in an airport departure lounge, the yearly periods of Advent and Lent, etc., this book is a useful guide to making waiting a positive spiritual experience.

~Carol Jensen, Church Librarian