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Listening to Your Life: Daily Meditations with Frederick Buechner Paperback – May 8, 1992
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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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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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More than a daily devotional guide in the sense that it does not have a "Thought for the Day" or a daily scripture. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Big D
One of my all-time favorite books and authors! I have given this book as inspiration to my friends on numerous occasions.Published 3 months ago by Tammy
he is a GIFTED author. he has an amazing gift for describing his feelings. loved this book and love this author.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
There's no better compilation of thoughtful lintellectual spiritual you name it motivations a great way to start your day thanksPublished 5 months ago by Leonard P. Smith
One of my all-time favorite books. I enjoy the daily readings many times over.Published 7 months ago by Linda Wescott
If you love Buechner and have time to get centered for your daily devotional, you'll love it. Not for the casual reader.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer