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 Grace. The 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.