I do not at all understand the mystery of grace -- only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.
- Anne Lamott, from her book, Traveling Mercies
Anne Lamott is the author of several novels and works of non-fiction, including one of the best books on writing, called Bird by Bird. She is also an acclaimed public speaker and teacher of writing. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, her non-fiction works are largely autobiographical, with strong doses of self-deprecating humour. Marked by their transparency, they cover such subjects as alcoholism, single motherhood, and Christianity.