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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Who, at the end of the book, gets in to Union Theological Seminary at the age of My assumption is that the story of anyone of us is in some measure the story of us all. This book is the one where I first realised that I love him as an author. That surely would be a treasure.

I have no xacred idea what the sounds meant or what my life was telling me. I marked so many pages. But even if it were possible to return to those days, I would never choose to. He loves long convoluted sentences, joureny long paragraphs that make it difficult for a modern used to Twitter and Facebook and more punchy prose to wade through. In he gave the Noble Lectures at Harvard. They were all of them random sounds 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.

But I am thw a fan of the artsy, flowery prose style. After becoming a Christian and later deciding to attend seminary he says: It was getting on toward noon, and from time to time my stomach growled as it went about its own obscure business which I neither understand nor want to.

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Return to Book Page. Jun 03, Sharon Archer rated it it was amazing Shelves: So terribly real to me. He dwells longest on frederic that provoke him to reflect on more than the happenings. The scenes in it, however short, stay in the mind forever.

It reminds me of what someone said that we as humans are more alike than we are different. Lists with This Book.

Introduction to The Sacred Journey – The Rev. Frederick Buechner

His first book, A Long Day’s Dyingwas published to acclaim just two years after he graduated from Princeton. You can grow strong on your own.

Out of the shadowy street comes a cry for help. This was the first book that brought me into the world of Buechner. You might think, then, that having Buechner’s biggest first splash of literary work was a novel A Long Day’s Dying, The particular ways in which Buchner marks pivotal moments in his growth and development— often tied to family tragedy— was inspiring, leading me to consider similar turning points in my own life. See what you think.

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

What about sin itself as a means of fredrick Like the Hebrew alphabet, the alphabet of grace has no buecnher, and in that sense his words to us are always veiled, subtle, cryptic, so that it is left to us to delve their meaning, to fill in the vowels, for ourselves by means of all the faith and imagination we can muster. Also, since I passed the age of fifty, I have taken to looking back on my life as a whole more.


It was a joy to read.

Introduction to The Sacred Journey

I love buwchner way this man writes and I loved this book. You back on your journey. Refresh and try again. The trouble with steeling yourself against the harshness of reality is that the same steel that secures your life against being destroyed secures your life also against being opened up and transformed by the holy power life itself comes from.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Just click the “Launch Day1 Playlist” link below. It was great and we are all on our own sacred journey. 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.

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. I wrote these words at sacre on a hot, hazy summer day.

And buechnee is because I believe that, that I think of my life and of the saccred of everyone who has ever lived, or will ever live, as not just journeys through time but as sacred journeys. To ask other readers questions about The Sacred Journeyplease sign up. At the same time, he was also writing a series of spiritual autobiographies.

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