Plan B Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
This book was given to me as gift from my sister-in-law. My sister-in-law whom I used to be so close to until she moved across the country, and became an extremist. Doesn’t matter what type of extremist; it just matters that when somebody becomes an extremist, about anything, their way is always the right way and yours is always wrong & therefore, you just do not see eye to eye anymore. Furthermore, you no longer really enjoy their company.
That being said, I was a bit wary about reading this book from her. She tells me that it’s non-fiction and that the woman who wrote it is a Christian writer. But that she thought I should read her. I would personally pick a neutral piece of fiction to give to somebody with different viewpoints than me, but what do I know?!
The 1st chapter was about politics. And it was extremely opinionated. Major turn-off. I almost put the book down here. I thought to myself, “Self, with all the awesome books out there that you want to read & haven’t yet, why are you going to bother?”.
And then I thought about the importance of family. And of how much I dig my husband. So, I figured I would give this book a chance, so that I could tell my sister-in-law that I’d read it and we would have some common ground for discussion.
The author, Anne Lamott, seemed very bitter and angry. It put me on edge. Kind of like being at a dinner party at a couple’s house and they get in a huge fight in front of you and your hubby. You just want to get the heck out of dodge.
And what I thought would be the last straw and cause me to throw the book across the room came when she opened the 2nd or 3rd chapter of her book talking about how most of her was happy that her mother had died, that her life was better since she’d died & that she couldn’t bear to look at the box of ashes of her mother that she’d stashed in the closet, for 2 yrs. You know, these sentiments would be ok if her mother had really been horrific. But she was just “annoying” according to Anne. Well, annoying does not justify that type of post mortem disrespect. And I was not going to read about someone’s life when I felt as though she was a person I would never like.
I stuck it out, plowed through and skimmed the parts about politics and anything too crazy about religion (approximately 2/3rds of the book) and anything else about Anne that I found “annoying”.
And parts of the book were funny. Mainly the parenting ones. Because parenting does make you a bit insane and Anne does have the gift of clearly expressing herself and in a humorous way.
And that’s about it. That’s all the credit I can give the book.