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Date posted:   Mar 23, 2018

The Online Book Club: "Hallelujah Anyway"

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Fee: $25
Four Weeks

About the Book

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 for ourselves and others.

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.

Check the course schedule for future offerings of this course.


Getting Started Week

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)

Special Features

This course includes:

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

All Crossroads courses include these features:

  • Participants have access 24 hours/ 7 days a week to the course's password-protected web site. 
  • Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
  • Site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course.
  • An orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available.
  • 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:

Anne Lamott. Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy (Riverhead Books, 2017) Available in hardcover, large print paperback, and ebook.

Time Commitment

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

Content Scholar: Anne Lamott