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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1st edition (May 8, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060698640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060698645
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Daily meditations taken from the works of an acclaimed novelist, essayist, and preacher who "has articulated what he sees with a freshness and clarity and energy that hails our stultified imaginations."--The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Frederick Buechner, author of more than thirty works of fiction and nonfiction, is an ordained Presbyterian minister. He has been a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His most recent work is Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC’s of Faith.


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Frederick Buechner (pronounced BEEK-ner) is an American writer and theologian. He is the author of thirty-six published books and has been an important source of inspiration and learning for many readers. His work encompasses many genres, including fiction, autobiography, essays, sermons, and other nonfiction. Buechner's writing has often been praised for its ability to inspire readers to see the grace in their daily lives.

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Buechner's writing style is an anomoly -- simple yet complex.
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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 1998
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Frederick Buechner is one of our greatest treasures--a wonderful prose writer, a great story-teller, an insightful theologian. His body of work is as diverse as any writer I've ever heard of--fiction, myth, sermons, lectures, memoirs, lexicons, humor, etc. This book provides a great overview of 30 years of his writing--all in brief daily doses. While some of the exerpts suffer from being pulled out of their contexts, they have been well and carefully chosen, and stand alone well. Buechner's recurring theme is that God exists and acts in our lives today--we just have to learn to listen for him and recognize those acts. Read as a devotional, this book provides many flashes of insight and understanding, and many gentle reminders of the Truth that undergirds our lives.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By J. Remington on December 31, 2003
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Most daily devotionals that I have worked with in the past have often been sentimental drivel.
Buechner's excellent, concise and often poetic writing boldly confronts the daily battles a person of faith encounters. Eschewing simple HALLMARK CARD sentimentality and post-modern sound bite obsession, Buechner lays out a series of daily meditations that comfort, challenge and re-enforce as well as affirm one's faith.
I particularly admire Buechner's constant celebration of the purity of silence- the need for listening and contemplation.
An excellent daily devotional written by one of our finest contemporary theologians.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 2002
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I return to this book again and again. It doesn't ask that you believe anything in particular. It ranges over all kinds of topics. Buechner gives us his wisdom, wonder, doubt and love in equal and generous measure.
I have found his works to be deeply liberating because there is no dogma... mostly there is hope, poetry, some new visions of faith, room to doubt, room to soar...
Mostly, he shows us his deep deep humanity.
Thank you, Mr. Buechner.
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Frederick Buechner's writings have provided delight and stimulation to me and others for years: he has a way of making me see life in a new light. Buechner is the rare man who has both a pastoral and poetic sensibilities, and for that reason he's someone alive both to God and the world around him.

In "Listening to Your Life," excerpts from Buechner's writings have been edited by Buechner himself to provide a reading for each day of the year. Throughout, the book manages to sustain the keynote theme: Listen to Your Life. Here's what Buechner has to say about this theme: "Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, see, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace."

The book is filled with such excerpts that make us marvel at our lives and experience them more joyfully and profoundly. The sheer literary excellence of "Listening to Your Life," as well as Buechner's joy in living and keen insight into life, make this book and Buechner's other works worth reading.

My first criticism, however, is that the excerpts themselves are sometimes unsatisfactory as starting points for daily meditations. There many times when the selection obviously picks up in the middle of an anecdote or some other writing that is necessary to make good sense of the excerpt. This is especially true when the excerpts are from novels that we may not have read. For this reason, the excerpts are very uneven in their usefulness as fodder for daily meditations.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Voice Guy on June 28, 2006
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This is a devotional/meditational book I keep coming back to. It is deep, and stimulates long-lasting reflection upon my life and my God.

Sometimes his writings are too intellectual for me to grasp, but this is Buechner in an accessible form. Here I get bits of wisdom and perspective that I can grab onto. With this book I have found myself contemplating some really big thoughts about a really big God and His hand of providence.

"Listening To Your Life" rarely gathers dust on my bookshelf. I pull it out frequently and am a better person for doing so.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Horwatt VINE VOICE on March 23, 2009
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I generally find daily devotionals fall into one of three categories: (1) entries that are nice and short but incredibly shallow, more like a "thought for the day" than a real devotional; (2) entries that have some depth but are hopelessly misaligned with my spiritual outlook, so they mostly irritate me rather than inspiring me; (3) entries that are far too long for me to use on a daily basis, whether they have value or not.

Fortunately, "Listening to Your Life" doesn't fall into any of these categories. The entries have spiritual depth and stunning emotional impact, as well as being very thought-provoking. But they are short enough to take in relatively quickly (while having enough content to continue ruminating on them over the course of the day).

The only reason I rate this four stars rather than five is because of the novel excerpts, which in many cases I found didn't really lend themselves that well to devotional use (whether because I just don't care for his novels or because the excerpts didn't work when taken out of context, I'm not sure).
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