In Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy, Anne Lamott proclaims, “Mercy is radical kindness.” It is “not deserved,” she notes. “Mercy, grace, forgiveness, and compassion are synonyms, and approaches we might consider taking when facing a great big mess, especially the great big mess of ourselves––our arrogance, greed, poverty, disease, prejudice.” Lamott is a favorite of many priests. Her words are woven throughout with Scriptural passages and images. She knows the imperfect world well. The title comes from Candi Staton’s gospel song, “halluljah anyway.” ”Hallelujah that in spite of it all, there is love, singing, nature laughing, mercy.” Available for $20.00 from Riverhead Books, a division of Penguin Random House Publishers. Click here to order book from the publisher.