Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

In conversation with Father Gregory Boyle
Monday, December 10, 2012
Episode Summary

It is these three prayers- asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating the goodness in our lives, and feeling awe at the world around us- that Lamott believes can guide us through the day and illuminate the way forward. As one of today's most trusted authorities on life lessons, Lamott coalesces everything she has learned about prayer through her own everyday trials of faith, and explores how others have embraced these same ideas.

Participant(s) Bio

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B, Traveling Mercies; and Operating Instructions, as well two other works of nonfiction and seven novels, including the trilogy composed of Imperfect Birds, Rosie, and Crooked Little Heart. Lamott is the past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, and a former columnist for Salon. Her new book is, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers.

Father Gregory Boyle is an ordained Jesuit priest, and has been the pastor of the Dolores Mission in Boyle Heights for over 25 years. In 1988, Father Gregory founded Homeboy Industries, which has served members of more than half of the gangs in Los Angeles. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the California Peace Prize, the Irvine Leadership Award, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Occidental College. His bestselling memoir, Tattoos on the Heart, has been honored by PEN USA as the 2011 Best Creative Nonfiction Book of the Year.