THE essayist, Christian, feminist and political progressive is the latest subject of the Trust Me On This series I’m handling for Salon. The Bay-Area-based Lamott, perhaps best known for the book Bird by Bird, spoke to me about a subject central to her new collection, Small Victories — forgiveness. Here is the story.
Forgiveness has become a pursuit more important to me than almost anything. Because as I said in an old book, it’s not my strong suit. I always joke that I wasn’t one of those Christians who was heavily into forgiveness – that I was the other kind; that I was reform. But it’s so awful to be a person who doesn’t forgive; in my experience the willingness to change down deep always comes from the pain of not changing… I really believe that earth is forgiveness school – I really believe that’s why they brought us here, and then left us without any owner’s manual.
Her whole piece — which came out of discussion with yours truly — is worth reading. I’ve got a few more of these coming before the week is out.