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

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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)
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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: 5.5 x 1.4 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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A series of short daily essays on topics of the soul from a Christian viewpoint. Buechner frequently approaches a topic from an unexpected direction and offers new clarity. As with any book of this type, not every essay is going to ring the bell for every reader. But most do it for me.
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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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Beyond Words was delightful reading, it provided a fresh review of words, thoughts and Biblical passages. 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.
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As an avid fan of Buechner, I couldn't not enjoy this. It is simply a collection of words and characters, elaborated upon to bring more meaning out of them. Some are rather hit and miss. But it's a great way to introduce yourself to this brilliant writer. And you can enlighten yourself with a word a day.
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Frederick Buechner is one of the best contemporary Christian authors that I am familiar with. I have all of his non fiction books.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is not familiar with Buechner's writings.
If you have several of Buechner's books, you may already have the content in two earlier books.
I have re read this book several times and learn something new with each reading.
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