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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.
I agree that it does exactly that. I was not familiar with Buechner's works until recently when I became the organist in a Presbyterian Church and the pastor frequently quoted him. I thought I'd start out small, with a book of daily meditations and then move on to his larger works if I enjoyed the smaller works.
This is a compilation of quotes from many of Buechner's works, one for each day of the year. Unlike many daily meditations, Buechner's words do not tell you what to think or believe. They inspire you to think on your own, many times very differently from what you might expect. They challenge, encourage, and give you pause. Some are very brief, less than half a page; others cover almost two pages. Some are very funny, like the one about Zaccheus.
I have started reading them to my husband every morning. It's a good way to 'jump start' the day. My husband actually picked the book up and read it straight through before I had a chance to get to it. I occasionally flip through the book and just read whatever I come to, usually in the middle of the day when I have a moment to myself. I am never disappointed, finding something each time that brings new awareness of God's immanence.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to search his/her soul to new depths.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An amazing insight into personal and spiritual discernment!Published 2 months ago by Tom K. Stephenson
No wear, no tear. Arrived in like new condition. What a great bargain for a penny!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Buechner is clearly a writer who touches the spirit in unique and authentic ways. I find this book extremely helpful, day by day.Published 3 months ago by judy w geckeler
The book is inspirational, uplifting and nutritional food-for-thought.Published 4 months ago by Una Tausinger
Reading Frederick Buechner devotions must be like swimming in a Lilly pond. He offers more depth of feeling and thinking in one page ( a two-minute read) than most pastors can... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bernie Schaeffer