Daily meditations taken from the works of an acclaimed novelist, essayist, and preacher who has articulated what he sees with a freshness and clarity and energy that hails our stultified imaginations.
Frederick Buechner, author of more than thirty works of fiction and nonfiction, is an ordained Presbyterian minister. He has been a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His most recent work is Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC's of Faith.
Buechner's excellent, concise and often poetic writing boldly confronts the daily battles a person of faith encounters. Eschewing simple HALLMARK CARD sentimentality and post-modern sound bite obsession, Buechner lays out a series of daily meditations that comfort, challenge and re-enforce as well as affirm one's faith.
I particularly admire Buechner's constant celebration of the purity of silence- the need for listening and contemplation.
An excellent daily devotional written by one of our finest contemporary theologians.
This fabulous collection of his readings comes from the hands of his friend George Connor. He was outstanding Prof of Literature at the Univ of Chattanooga when we were students there in the 1950's! His selections from "A Room Called Remember, Wishful Thinking & Whistling in the Dark," are right on target for me!
When he writes about "autobiography becomes a way of praying," I am totally in agreement. Also with his most descriptive beauty in using such adverbs as..."enigmatically, inexplicably, and realistically, (sprinkled around)... Freudians and Jungians, prophets and poets, philosophers, fortune tellers and phonies all have their own claims about what dreams mean." I resonate and even reverberate with those words!
I was so excited to choose this very descriptive and especially relevant collection for my poignant needs in my life of writing!
Retired & Ret-read, Chaplain Fred W Hood