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Anne Lamott Facts: 10 Things You Might Not Know About Christian Writer

By    |   Tuesday, 19 May 2015 06:38 PM

Anne Lamott is a rarity as a New York Times bestselling author whose personal life may be more fascinating than her actual writing. Here are 10 facts you may not know about the colorful, outspoken American novelist, essayist and non-fiction writer:

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1. Her Latest Work Came Out Last Year
Lamott’s most recent work is a book of essays titled "Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace." The book was released in November 2014.

2. She Wrote a Book For Her Father
Lamott penned her first novel, "Hard Laughter," for her dad, Kenneth, a fellow author who had brain cancer. Lamott referred to the book “a present to someone I loved who was going to die,” according to her bio on the Barclay Agency website. Each of Lamott’s seven novels deals with loss, whether loss of family and friends, or loss of control of a character’s life.

3. Her Politics are Liberal
Lamott identifies as a born-Christian and is very public about her left-of-center political viewpoints. A staunch Democrat, she supports gay rights, same-sex marriage, abortion rights, gun control, environmental causes and euthanasia among other progressive issues, according to a feature article on Lamott in the San Francisco Chronicle.

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4. She is a College Dropout
The son of a fellow writer, Lamott attended college but left school before graduating. She worked as a writing teacher before publishing her first novel, "Hard Laughter," in 1980.

5. She is a Life-long San Francisco Resident
Lamott was born in 1954 and was raised in San Francisco by her parents, both of whom were atheists.

6. Her First Non-fiction Book was About Being a Single Mom
Lamott gave birth to her son, Sam, in 1989. Sam was the infant star of Lamott’s bestselling non-fiction book, "Operating Instructions," which she wrote in 1993 as a journal of her son’s first year of life.

7. And Now She is a Grandmother

Lamott became a grandmother when Sam’s girlfriend, Amy, gave birth to a boy, Jax Jesse Lamott, in 2009. Lamott was 55 when her grandson was born.

8. She has a Past of Substance Abuse
Lamott has overcome addiction to drugs and alcohol, crediting her faith in Jesus Christ for the strength to break the abuse, as she says in an interview on BarnesandNoble.com.

9. She is an Evangelical Christian
While struggling with alcoholism and drug use, Lamott began attending a small Presbyterian church in Marin City, California in the mid-1980s, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. After about a year of visiting church services, the intellectual agnostic and progressive writer began a relationship with Christ.

“I just started to feel like Jesus was around me. I would feel His presence,” Lamott said. “It would be like a little stray cat. You know, I would kind of nudge him with my feet and say, "No," because you can't let him in, because once you let him in and give him milk, you have a little cat, and I didn't want it. I lived on this tiny little houseboat at the time, and finally one day I just felt like: "Oh, whatever. You can come in." And from that day on, I have really felt a relationship or friendship with Jesus, a connection to Him," she said in a profile in the San Francisco Gate.

10. She Recovered From Drugs and Bulimia
Before becoming a Christian and shortly after accepting Christ into her life, Lamott battled bulimia as well as abuse of cocaine, Methedrine, and psychedelic drugs.

“But since I got sober and clean, which was 1986, I have seen what I would call miracles, not in the Medujigore sense or Lourdes sense but in the sense of things happening that really simply couldn't, that were just too good to imagine happening,” Lamott told Barnes & Noble. “I was so stuck in my bulimia. I was so locked into the obsessive madness and grip of an eating disorder and distorted body image that I believed I could never get free, and I had tried everything. Then, all of a sudden, it was lifted. I eat like a pretty normal person; I stay about the same, and I don't binge and I don't purge. I know I couldn't get to there from where I was, so I feel like something lifted me up and carried me,” she said in the Barnes&Noble.com interview.

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