FREDERICK BUECHNER THE SACRED JOURNEY PDF

This memoir reflects on key moments of the author’s early life, from childhood to his entering seminary, that reveal how God speaks to us in a variety of way. “A child takes life as it comes because he has no other way of taking it,” Frederick Buechner writes in this first of his autobiographical books. With this statement. This memoir reflects on key moments of the author’s early life, from childhood to his entering seminary, that reveal how God speaks to us in a variety of ways.

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I enjoy this short little memoir and its reflections on coming to a greater awareness of God, time, reality, relationships, and how to move through all this in one’s imperfect humanity. But I am not a fan of the artsy, flowery prose style.

When I read the text here, I imagine that he writes as if he were speaking He loves long convoluted sentences, extremely long paragraphs that make it difficult for a modern used to Twitter and Facebook and more punchy prose to wade through.

At the same time, he was also writing a series of spiritual autobiographies. Ten years ago in those Harvard lectures, I tried to listen to a single day of my life in such a way. He’s adept at extrapolating from specifics to generalities.

The Sacred Journey: A Memoir of Early Days by Frederick Buechner

Jun 21, Christopher rated it really liked it. Aug 31, Meredith rated it it was amazing Shelves: Deep within history, as it gets itself written down in history books and newspapers, in the letters we write and in the diaries we keep, is sacred history, is God’s purpose working itself out in the apparent purposelessness of human history and of our buecgner histories, is the history, in short, of the saving and losing of souls, including our own.

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ABOUT TEN years ago I gave a set of lectures at Harvard in which I made the observation that all theology, like all fiction, is at its heart autobiography, and that what a theologian is doing essentially is examining as honestly as he can the rough-and-tumble of his own experience with all its ups and downs, its mysteries and loose ends, and expressing in logical, abstract terms the truths about human life and about God that he believes he has found implicit there.

Heilsgeschichte journwy a more theological way of saying the same thing. The Sacred Journey by Frederick Buechner “A child takes life as it comes because he has no other way of taking it,” Frederick Buechner writes in this first of his autobiographical books.

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At first, I was a little put off by his over-thought and extreme poetic style of writing. It reminds me of what someone said that we as humans are more alike than we are different. And it is because I believe that, that I think of my life and of the lives of everyone who has ever lived, or will ever live, as not just journeys through time but as sacred journeys.

It seemed to me then, and seems to me still, that if God speaks to us at all in this world, if God speaks anywhere, it is into our personal lives that he speaks.

Other spiritual memoirs joourney be more dramatic or longer or hipper, but this one, written more than a generation ago, still holds its devastating power. I was given this book by my brother-in-law, who has me figured out well. Quotes from The Sacred Journe This is the most ubechner and encouraging book I have read in quite some time. They were all of them random buechnet without any apparent purpose or meaning, and yet as I paused to listen to them, I found myself hearing them with something more than just my ears to the point where they became in some way enormously meaningful.

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His writing grows on you, in the sense that one seems to get with it and get more out of it with more and more repetitions.

But what is God saying through a good man’s suicide? And so I will, gratefully, be able to tie it in my memory to both people in my life. I’m so glad I finally got into this book.

Out of the shadowy street comes a cry for help. Buechner looks back on his first 25 or so years and muses on the various happenings that shaped his journey to Christ.

And into the thick of it, or out of the thick of it, at moments of even the most humdrum of our days, God speaks. Also, since I passed the age of fifty, I have taken to looking back on my life as a whole more.

Buechner’s biggest first splash of literary work was a novel A Long Day’s Dying, Sep 12, Ricoandbeth Lighthouse rated it it was amazing. Fredefick decent Advent or Lent reading. It seemed to me then, and seems to me still, that if God speaks to us at all in this world, if God speaks buschner, it is into our personal lives that he speaks. One powerful selection that rung me on self wacred I was given this book by my brother-in-law, who has me figured out well.

The Sacred Journey: A Memoir of Early Days

But what do I mean by saying that God speaks? When you click an Amazon or Christianbook. Several rooms away, in another part of the house, two men were vrederick some carpentry.