This gets us very close to the sweet center of this little book--and of Buechner's work more generally. He makes no claims for himself as special; "most of the times I am indistinguishable from the rest of the herd that jostles and snuffles at the great trough of life." But he also knows how to listen, how to pay attention to the small moments of life where grace in fact breaks through. Two apple branches clack together: this becomes the metaphor for the "clack-clack" of his life, which is also the sign of "the occasional, obscure glimmering through of grace." Sometimes, this book reminds us, God comes not in the whirlwind but in the still small voice of our ordinary moments. --Doug Thorpe
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.
I forget in which of his novels the great Reynolds Price has one of his characters observe that, “the greatest thing most of us is called to is dinner. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. P. Reynolds
This book has been a staple in my pastoral library for years. I purchased the Kindle edition to give me another option in using the material. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Barbara E. Koenig
Frederick Buechner has a way with words. I can say that anything he writes, you should buy and read and savor every word.
He really was meant to write about his faith. Read more