Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
A kind of "mongrel litter" by way of Pascal, Voltaire, and Ambrose Bierce, this theological run through the alphabet goes from Abraham and Agnostic straight through to YWHW and Zaccheus--the tax collector who shimmied up the tree on Palm Sunday to get a good look at Jesus. In between we get a heady brew of humor and wisdom. On Anger, for example, Buechner writes: "Of the seven deadly sins, anger is possibly the most fun.... In many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you." Or this, on wine: "Unfermented grape juice is a bland and pleasant drink ... [but] it is a ghastly symbol of the life blood of Jesus Christ, especially when served in individual antiseptic, thimble-sized glasses. Wine is booze, which means it is dangerous and drunk-making. It makes the timid brave and the reserved amorous. It loosens the tongue and breaks the ice especially when served in a loving cup. It kills germs. As symbols go, it is a rather splendid one."
And the book's title? Find it under "W": "Christianity is mainly wishful thinking.... Sometimes wishing is the wings the truth comes on. Sometimes the truth is what sets us wishing for it." --Doug Thorpe
“An artist is at work here...a wit with wisdom.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Thoughtful, spirited, entertaining.” (Chicago Tribune)
Love this book! I love his explanation on so many theological concepts that have stumped me in the past. I have read this book several times and will do so again!Published 2 months ago by Fleur
I was looking for a book to lead group discussion at Mens Breakfast and at Session. This fits my needs nicely.Published 9 months ago by Lewis G
A classic. Whoever thought theology could be so entertaining? In the tradition of Mark Twain and Ambrose Bierce, Buechner's wit and memorable language stick far better in the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by RJAdams
I thought it would be a bit more comprehensive and a bit deeper in content. I was expecting more depth.Published 17 months ago by Barbara L. Gallagher
I was given Buechner's Wishful Thinking as a gift from someone who thought I would enjoy the theological topics because I'm interested in the study of theology. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ansen Plopbundle
Use this often for meditation at Presbyterian Women's meeating has many meaningful passages to help you understnad how you feel.Published 21 months ago by Karen Rubish
Frederick Buechner writes with fearless clarity. His books never seem to grow old and I continue to use them over the years.Published 21 months ago by CAgrits