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Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC's of Faith (Buechner, Frederick) Hardcover – May 11, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Buechner, Frederick
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (May 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060574461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060574468
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

More About the Author

Frederick Buechner is the popular author of such nonfiction titles as Telling the Truth, Wishful Thinking, and Peculiar Treasures. The New York Times Book Review described his recently published memoir, The Sacred Journey, as a "beautifully successful experiment." In addition to The Final Beast, which was originally published in 1965, Mr. Buechner is the author of ten other novels, including the bestselling A Long Day's Dying and, most recently, Godric. He makes his home in Rupert, Vermont.

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This is a book for everyone on a spiritual journey.
Kay Lindahl
It's a "read between the lines" book which would prove valuable to preachers who might be searching for some bit of humor to "make the point" some dull Sunday morn.
Karen Meyer
The daily readings are thought provoking, well written, and filled with insight.
Samuel W. Huxford

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Paul C. Edgerton on July 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Buechner has done something that will be taken two different ways: he has either fallen into the self-aggrandizing trap of repackaging "old stuff" for new potential market, or has (as I prefer to think) made more accessible three wonderful works through the convenience of a single cover. These gems are alternately thought-provoking, humorous, spiritual, and wonderfully human.
Anyone who is familiar with Buechner's autobiographical musings (or the way they are woven into his novel characters) will recognize this as variation on a theme, an art at which Buechner is master. And for the market-driven pragmatists of the world...what a great gift idea!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kay Lindahl on March 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a book for everyone on a spiritual journey. Each day brings a new insight and maybe a chuckle or two. I love his sense of humor! The topics are varied and give me food for thought - whether it's a short two sentence reflection or a two page homily. I highly recommend this book - it's like having a meeting with a spiritual mentor every morning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Texan d'Acadien on February 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I gave this book to my Dad for Christmas one year. He loves it. Also, my priest uses it in his sermons from time to time. Good book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samuel W. Huxford on January 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
No one who has read Buechner will be surprised that "Beyond Words" is an amazing paradigm for those who wish to find fresh and creative ways to talk about our faith. The daily readings are thought provoking, well written, and filled with insight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fred W. Hood on June 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Frederick Keeps the Demons away by insightful, provactive, ideas! What poignant inspired 365 words for another year!

From the Intriguing...darkness, EZEKIEL, Gomer... to music,
mystery & MYSTICISM: Music is all about increasing ones's growth to listening! Mystery is about "Beginning with Words" as Robert Frost is Quoted: "We begin poetry with words that cause a lump to form in the throat." Mysticism is the place for beginning of Religions!

"A popular view has it that what Ezekiel realy saw were Flying Saucers! Then all of a sudden from way up in the air his Voice came down... He thought he'd seen the Glory of GOD!"

After descibing the Vision of DRY BONES, "Ezekiel heard the Voice asking him to tell the ISRAELITES--with GOD in the wings--even though it would be curtains For Sure, the way they were heading... the curtains that goes down in New Haven is also the curtain that goes up on the marvelous new rewrite that hits BROADWAY like a ton of bricks!

As far as is known, nobody's ever stepped out of a UFO and made a statement like that!" All this says what an imaginative creative writer is our neat friend, Fredric the Great! from Retired Chaplain-Rabbi Fred-E Hood
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Another good Frederick Buechner book. I liked having the topics of each short meditation arranged alphabetically. You can jump around in your reading; it's not a book you read from beginning to end (although you could, of course).
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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.
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By D. L. banks on February 11, 2014
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...re-think the way you think. Buechner invites us to pay attention to how we feel and what we feel as we think or consider life.
A great book to read for a year.
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