This memoir reflects on key moments of the author’s early life, from childhood to his entering seminary, that reveal how God speaks to us in a variety of way. “A child takes life as it comes because he has no other way of taking it,” Frederick Buechner writes in this first of his autobiographical books. With this statement. This memoir reflects on key moments of the author’s early life, from childhood to his entering seminary, that reveal how God speaks to us in a variety of ways.
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You can even prevail on your own. You can grow strong on your own. A most painfully honest account of his early life I listen back to a time when nothing was much farther from my thoughts than God for an echo of the gutturals and sibilants and vowellessness by which I believe that even then God was addressing me out of my life as he addresses us all. Your life is happening. He recounts, with candor, humor and the clarity of hindsight, events which shaped him and directed his journey through childhood to young adulthood; and in so doing, shares his particular perspective on many of the rites of passage common to us all.
They were all of them random sounds without any apparent purpose or meaning, and yet as I paused to listen to them, I jokrney myself hearing them with something more than buechhner my ears to the joureny where they became in some way enormously meaningful. I found myself extremely encouraged in my own journey of faith tne of this book. Buechner assumes that, “the story of any one of us is in some measure the story of us all.
Out of nowhere comes a sense of peace or foreboding. But what is God saying through a good man’s suicide?
More as a novelist than as a theologian, more concretely than abstractly, I determined to try to describe my own life as evocatively and candidly as I could in the hope that such glimmers of theological truth as I believed I had scred in it would shine through my description more or less on their own. Just click the “Launch Day1 Playlist” link below.
One thing that is amazing to me is how optimistic Buechner is, despite the harshness of his life and his emotionally under-developed tje.
Let us all pause and listen to that journey and story. On the wall behind me, an old banjo clock was tick-tocking the time away. Feb 14, Eric Wright rated it liked it Shelves: Doing as he implores us to do, he looks back on his life to find the blessings he missed or half forgot. Lovely message, but I came in not expecting a memoir but more meat.
A good book that I’d recommend to friends looking for an easy, engaging, yet deep encouragement to consider anew thei I enjoy this short little memoir and its reflections on coming to a greater awareness of God, time, reality, relationships, and how to move through all this in one’s imperfect humanity. Nov 28, Jeanette rated it liked it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
I love this writer.
The Sacred Journey by Frederick Buechner
In fact–for more curious things have Happened–even in a stranger’s album, there is always the possibility that as the pages flip by, on one of them you may even catch a glimpse of yourself.
More as a novelist than as a theologian, more concretely than abstractly, I determined to try to describe my own life as evocatively and candidly as I could in the hope that such glimmers of theological truth as I believed I had glimpsed in it would shine through my description more or less on their own. Like sitting there on the couch listening to the sounds of roosters, swallows, hammers, ticking clock, I have tried to make something out of the hidden alphabet of the years I have lived, fredeeick catch, beneath all the random sounds those years have made, a strain at least of their unique music.
His sared descriptions evoke vivid imagery and sharp emotions.
It was getting on toward noon, and from time to time my stomach growled as it went about its own obscure business which I neither understand nor want to. God speaks to us in such a way, presumably, not because he chooses to be obscure but because, unlike a dictionary word whose meaning is fixed, the meaning of an incarnate word is the meaning it has for the one it is spoken to, the meaning that becomes clear and effective in our lives only when we ferret it out for ourselves.
This book is the one where I first realised that I love him as an author. And that inward coronation takes place Outside I could hear the twitter of swallows as they swooped in and out of the eaves of the barn. Sep 12, Ricoandbeth Lighthouse rated it it was amazing. He describes moments in his life in which he has glimpses of the sacred, ways of seeing that altered him utterly.
We fail a friend, or a friend fails zacred, and we are appalled at the capacity we all of us have for estranging the very people in our eacred we need the most.
A book filled with wonders. What does the song of a swallow mean?
The Sacred Journey: A Memoir of Early Days
Like the Hebrew alphabet, the alphabet of grace has no vowels, and in that sense his words to us are always veiled, subtle, cryptic, so that it is left to us to delve their meaning, to fill in the vowels, for ourselves by means of all the faith and imagination we can muster.
And in his command of the tools of writing, it is both beautiful and revelatory. But even if it were possible to return to those days, I would never choose to. They are words fleshed out in the everydayness no less than in the crises of our own experience.