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The Online Book Club:
Hallelujah Anyway, by Anne Lamott



About the Book 
(required text for this course)

Join us in a discussion of Anne Lamott’s book Hallelujah Anyway, which contains nine essays grouped around the theme of mercy.  Lamott is well-known for her frank, funny, down-to-earth spiritual insights.  In these essays, entwined with a number of narratives of her life, Lamott rediscovers mercy in the everyday messiness of life and connects it to kindness and forgiveness to ourselves and others.


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Getting Started Week: Introduction to the book

Week 1: Locating Mercy (Essays 1, 2, 3)

Week 2:  Mercy as Reaching Out (Essays 4, 5, 6)

Week 3:  Mercy as Connecting with Other (Essays 7, 8, 9)

About the Online Book Club

  • Are you a person who regularly reads books and articles on spirituality and theology?
  • Is the religion and spirituality section of your bookstore a favorite place?
  • Do you often wish there was a way that you could share your insights about an author and hear what others think?

If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, whether you are reading for professional development, a committed spiritual practice, or an ongoing hunger to know more about the spiritual life, the Online Book Club is for you!

The Online Book Club offers a setting to encounter an author’s ideas and participate in conversation with others about a selected text.  In addition to providing an experienced facilitator to guide the conversation, we get you started by offering some direction to engage the author and the text.  Then the conversation unfolds in light of the interests of those in the conversation circle.  

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Special Features

This course includes:

  • Initial comments to introduce the book
  • Weekly questions to begin the discussion
  • A regularly updated Resources page for further study on the topics discussed in this course.

All Crossroads courses include these features:

  • Participants have access 24 hours/7 days a week to a password-protected web site.
  • Each participant belongs to a small Community of Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
  • The course site is generally open to participants for a year after the course is complete.
  • Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
  • A Certificate of Active Participation is awarded to those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.

Additional Materials Needed:

Anne Lamott.  Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovery Mercy (Riverhead Books, 2017)
Available in hardback, large print paperback, ebook

Time Commitment:

A participant can expect to spend 3 – 4 hours each week.  This commitment includes both preparation and interaction online.

Fee:  $25

Content Scholar:   Anne Lamott