A wise and compassionate exploration of how we can make sense of life's chaos.
What do we do when life lurches out of balance? How can we reconnect to one another and to what's sustaining, when evil and catastrophe seem inescapable?
These questions lie at the heart of Stitches, Lamott's profound follow-up to her New York Times-bestselling Help, Thanks, Wow. In this book Lamott explores how we find meaning and peace in these loud and frantic times; where we start again after personal and public devastation; how we recapture wholeness after loss; and how we locate our true identities in this frazzled age. We begin, Lamott says, by collecting the ripped shreds of our emotional and spiritual fabric and sewing them back together, one stitch at a time.
It's in these stitches that the quilt of life begins, and embedded in them are strength, warmth, humour and humanity.
Anne Lamott is a best-selling American novelist and non-fiction writer. She was the subject of Freida Lee's 1999 documentary Bird by Bird with Annie:A Film Portrait of Writer Annie Lamott. Her previous works include: Blue Shoe, Crooked Little Heart and Imperfect Birds.
The meaning [of pain] doesn't come through answering theological questions, it comes through taking the trouble to walk with someone through the hard times and share the weight. That is what this lovely, hopeful, helpful book does. — Kim Kelly, Reform Magazine
I urge you to read this great little book, filled with Anne Lamott's insight and counsel on 'collecting the ripped shreds of our emotional and spiritual fabric' and how to 'sew them back together, one stitch at a time. — Rev Johnny Douglas
This book hovers, questions, and paints with words at time with some delicacy . . . written in artistic, attractive prose . . . — Idea Magazine
Anne Lamott is a bone-fide literary megastar ... widely loved for her fiercely funny take on life, God, and writing. — Church Times Guide to Greenbelt
Her pages are densely populated by those who have sustained, inspired, and annoyed her. It is as though everything she has learned about life she has learned from journeying with those around her. — Church Times
Stitches: A handbook on meaning, hope and repair was written in response to a very painful situation. — Church Times
Anne Lamott said she intended Stitches to be: a book by someone with a sense of humour, on where we find meaning after tragedy, both private and global. — Church Times
This offers the potential to create something that is unconventional and unplanned but has a rugged beauty and great purpose. This book is for anyone who ever thinks about the deep questions; for the hurting and the lost...I suspect that a few of Lamott's other books may find their way onto my shelves in the near future — Christianity Magazine
Lamott's writing is full of such touchstone quality. It is rich yet colloquial, and again, so funny which is a refreshing aspect to what can be seen as a spritual guidance/self-help title. — The Herald Saturday
A guide through grief, which the author describes in a really honest way that I think people wil relate to. — Families First
This little hardback offers beautiful insights into meaning, hope and repair...she reliably offers hope to those of us who live on the edges of life. If you have a friend who needs encouragement I commend to them, and to you, this book. — Reflections