10 Questions for Anne Lamott

Best-selling author Anne Lamott on praying, undecided voters and her reading up on Honey Boo Boo

Cody Pickens for TIME

You've written several best sellers about faith and family, but you're not a conventional Christian author. How do you feel about being the bad girl of the born-again set?
Well, I don't really see myself as a born-again. I did convert at 31 from being a kind of nondenominational, kitchen-sink believer and seeker, but to my born-again brother, I'm Abbie Hoffman.

You like to call God Phil. Why?
It's because of this bracelet a Mexican vendor made. He was supposed to write Philippians 4:4-7, which is my favorite passage in the Bible, but his shop got closed down when...

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