Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

After reading Anne Lamott’s earlier bestselling book of essays, Traveling Mercies, my oldest son dubbed Lamott “the middle finger of Christianity.” Who wouldn’t love a Jesus-hawking writer who refers to a former U.S. president as “George Herbert Walker Sushi-Barfing Bush?” And, personally, I’d be relieved if more Christians perked up their prose with colorful, less preachy language. Plan B, a new book that includes several of Lamott’s columns, begins with a universal take on post-Election 2004 despair. So, I’m in from the start. Then she talks about the trials and terrors of parenting her teen son, Sam. Been there. Live there. Mostly, it’s just a huge relief to discover I’m not the only mom who watches South Park with her kids.