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Buechner's three popular "alphabet books" ("Wishful Thinking," which explored theological terms; "Peculiar Treasures," which looked at the spiritual dimensions of ordinary words; and "Whistling in the Dark," which examined various biblical characters) are gathered here in a single alphabetical devotional, with 366 entries, from Aaron to zero. Buechner has updated the entries from his three beloved classics and added some new ones, making this devotional one-stop shopping for the literary Christian. Like its three predecessors, this book is arranged from A to Z, featuring the expected (sin, salvation, Easter, Joseph) and the whimsical (children's books, story, loneliness). Buechner's folksy, unforgettable writing style puts him in a class by himself. Concerning Peter's denial of Christ, for example, Buechner describes "the old cock's wattles trembling scarlet as up over the horizon it squawked the rising sun, and the tears running down Peter's face like rain down a rock."
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“[A collection] that all preachers, teachers, and seekers will find themselves returning to again and again for spiritual inspiration.” (Spirituality and Health magazine)See all Editorial Reviews
Buechner has provided some interesting insights, but, at the end of the day, much of his writing is predictable. A pleasant-enough feel-good book with a gloss of Christianity.Published 2 months ago by G. P. Lehmann
This is very thought provoking and often humorous book. I read a section in it everyday.Published 6 months ago by cp
Anything Buechner writes I read. His writing is pure and deep and inspiring to read.Published 8 months ago by Nancy Kennedy
I love Buechner's writing even though I occasionally disagree with his theology. He makes familiar and unfamiliar Biblical terms and characters contemporary.Published 9 months ago by pjglover
This was for our church library and it is exactly what was needed. Buechner is inspiring. This is an excellent devotional, lots of quotes to use in life.Published 12 months ago by Eve Hill
Another good Frederick Buechner book. I liked having the topics of each short meditation arranged alphabetically. Read morePublished 17 months ago by D. Youssef
These selections are wonderful to start a day or to reflect on your day as it ends. They challenge us in new ways as we make our way in this world.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer