Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair by Anne Lamott

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Stitches, sewing, fabric. It might well be an overused metaphor. On top of that, Anne Lamott readily admits she is no seamstress. However, Lamott knows well the frayed fabrics and broken stitching of human life. She also knows the search within all of us for mending and repair.

Drawing again from her experience of living in community, she laments in her book the difficult things of this earthly life. While many find support within their families, many others walk with family hurt and disconnect.

Lamott helps us see how we are “walking each other home” within the communities where we find ourselves. With dignity, strength, and classic Lamott humor, she weaves a picture of how, stitch by often-painstaking stitch, one comes to a place of hope and newness that might not have been imagined. “You see a great need, so you thread a needle, you tie a knot in your thread. You begin.” (Riverhead)

About the Author

Jenny deGroot is a freelance media review and news writer for The Banner. She lives on Swallowfield Farm near Fort Langley B.C. with her husband, Dennis. Before retirement she worked as a teacher librarian and assistant principal.