S3 E6: Hallelujah Anyway Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott

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“Mercy is radical kindness. Mercy means offering or being offered aid in desperate straits. Mercy is not deserved. It involves absolving the unabsolvable, forgiving the unforgivable. Mercy brings us to the miracle of apology, given and accepted, to unashamed humility when we have erred or forgotten.”

Anne Lamott, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy

Anne Lamott defines “Mercy” as radical kindness.  What is radical kindness?  And how do we experience it within our daily interactions? Join Sarah and Rebecca as they discuss Anne Lamott’s book, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy.

Hallelujah Anyway Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott

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8 thoughts on “S3 E6: Hallelujah Anyway Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott

  1. These podcasts are fun to listen to, not only for your interesting selections, but for your sisterly repartee, as Liz said about the previous podcast. The theme you tackled here ever so gently is one for the ages, namely how do we really love/treat our neighbor as ourselves? Mercy! We live in such divisive, dangerous times and the hatred people express over opinions is truly frightening. I’m peeved by headlines which try to jerk me this way and that or herd me into a group I don’t even recognize.

    P.S. Let Frances know I’m reading Lynn Austin’s non-fiction, Pilgrimage which ties in neatly with your podcast. In one section she relates her thoughts while traveling by tour bus down the modern Jericho road to Jerusalem and the story of the good Samaritan. Everyone has a story which can have a good ending, if we determine to ‘write it’ that way. Mercy!

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    1. Sarah and I enjoy our conversations together and are delighted that you have joined us virtually across the miles, Mary Jo. Just last night Frances and I were talking about how to monitor and reduce our fear levels when confronted by the complex and tragic issues that come across the news. I remember when I first discovered this verse, which I keep by my side especially during times of stress and uncertainty. I like the KJV version on Philippians 4:8:

      “Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

      I just sent a message to both Sarah and Frances that we need to find Lynn Austin’s non-fiction book Pilgrimage. It sounds fantastic. Sending many hugs along with my thanks!!!

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  2. Thank you. Rebecca and Sarah, for this very worthwhile podcast. I was so pleased to be able to bring up this valuable conversation today, since several times trying to access it, I was unable to do so. I appreciate so much both of your comments, so valuable in reviewing the important facts of the book. This will definitely be on my reading list! ! Your comments and reviews cover the thoughts of the book so well, I feel I can add nothing more valuable. Thank you! ! Let us not forge the valuable words – justice, purity, mercy, love, good report and others!

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    1. I am so glad that you were able to finally access the podcast, Frances. Sarah and I have a wonderful time talking about the books we read. It has been a favourite pastime over the years, which was initiated by our Father who loved books and libraries. Many thanks for your support over the years. Sending hugs!


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