Anne Lamott Offers Sneak Peek into Forthcoming Book


Anne Lamott has often been called the "People's Author" because of the homespun honesty dripping from the pages of her books. Recently, the perennial bestseller began experimenting with short-form spiritual reflections with the release of Help, Thanks, Wow in 2012 and Stitches in 2013. Anne's experiment will become a trilogy on November 10 with the release of Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of GraceThe New York Times once declared, "a minute with Anne Lamott is like a week with anyone else," and these bite-sized books contain at least a week's worth of wisdom each. The contents of the Small Victories have been kept under wraps by the publisher--there's not even a "Look Inside" feature available on Amazon--so this curious journalist began to dig around for information. I decided to go straight to the source herself, and Anne was gracious enough to answer a few questions and offer us a sneak peek.

RNS: A TV preacher might promise tips for "spiritual breakthroughs" or big moments of transformation. Instead you focus on "small victories." Why do you think people want or need something small?

AL: Small is how blessings, healing, progress and increase occur. Not on the fantasy, magic wand realm of televangelists. In my experience, all you ever need is a little bit of this or that—a spritz of spiritual WD-40, five minutes of someone's time—for there to be a significant shift in perception. Which is what most miracles look like.