I have not read Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott, but it is on my list now after listening to this interview at dickstaub.com. She is honest and simple without being simplistic. Anyone wanting to reconnect with the core of the gospel will be blessed by her stories and attitude. She gets to the heart of Jesus. One quote stood out, "I'd rather be in the middle of the worst storm with Jesus than anywhere else." She went on to say something like he doesn't promise to remove our suffering but he does promise to fill it with himself. These are words of hope to guide you through your present chaos.