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Beyond Words n (1.) Terms or names that point to the realm of mystery and depth that lies beyond our ordinary experience. (2.) The reality that is beyond even the power of beyond words to convey, and that can be known only by experiencing it for yourself.

"A word a day to keep the demons at bay." This is how Frederick Buechner likes to describe this witty and incisive dictionary. A daily devotional from one of today's greatest spiritual writers, Beyond Words offers 366 entries from Buechner's three alphabet books, Wishful Thinking, Peculiar Treasures, and Whistling in the Dark, including a new Introduction and nineteen new entries.

Providing definitions of both sacred and ordinary words, as well as biblical characters, Buechner unabashedly brings his fresh perspective to words, concepts, and characters we thought we understood. This is a great introduction to Buechner's work as well as a library staple for those already well versed in his writing. It is Buechner at his best. Whether readers find themselves tearful from a deeply moving insight or laughing out loud at an unexpected turn of phrase, they will always feel uplifted, illuminated, and enchanted by the wisdom of Frederick Buechner.

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"Buechner's three popular 'alphabet books' ('Wishful Thinking,' which explored theological terms; 'Peculiar Treasures,' which looked at the spiritual dimensions of ordinary words; and 'Whistling in the Dark,' which examined various biblical characters) are gathered here in a single alphabetical devotional, with 366 entries, from Aaron to zero. Buechner has updated the entries from his three beloved classics and added some new ones, making this devotional one-stop shopping for the literary Christian. Like its three predecessors, this book is arranged from A to Z, featuring the expected (sin, salvation, Easter, Joseph) and the whimsical (children's books, story, loneliness). Buechner's folksy, unforgettable writing style puts him in a class by himself. Concerning Peter's denial of Christ, for example, Buechner describes 'the old cock's wattles trembling scarlet as up over the horizon it squawked the rising sun, and the tears running down Peter's face like rain down a rock.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Buechner's three popular 'alphabet books' (Wishful Thinking, which explored theological terms; Peculiar Treasures, which looked at the spiritual dimensions of ordinary words; and Whistling in the Dark, which examined various biblical characters) are gathered here in a single alphabetical devotional, with 366 entries, from Aaron to zero. Buechner has updated the entries from his three beloved classics and added some new ones, making this devotional one-stop shopping for the literary Christian. Like its three predecessors, this book is arranged from A to Z, featuring the expected (sin, salvation, Easter, Joseph) and the whimsical (children's books, story, loneliness). Buechner's folksy, unforgettable writing style puts him in a class by himself. Concerning Peter's denial of Christ, for example, Buechner describes 'the old cock's wattles trembling scarlet as up over the horizon it squawked the rising sun, and the tears running down Peter's face like rain down a rock.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

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 ABCs of Faith.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060574468
Subtitle:
Daily Readings in the ABC's of Faith
Author:
Buechner, Frederick
Author:
by Frederick Buechner
Publisher:
HarperOne
Location:
New York
Subject:
Meditations
Subject:
Bible - Meditations - General
Subject:
Devotional
Subject:
Devotional calendars
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life - General
Subject:
Christian Life - General
Subject:
Christian Life
Subject:
Christianity-Devotionals
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
no 01-01
Publication Date:
20040511
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
7.375 x 5.5 x 1.37 in 16 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Buechner's three popular 'alphabet books' ('Wishful Thinking,' which explored theological terms; 'Peculiar Treasures,' which looked at the spiritual dimensions of ordinary words; and 'Whistling in the Dark,' which examined various biblical characters) are gathered here in a single alphabetical devotional, with 366 entries, from Aaron to zero. Buechner has updated the entries from his three beloved classics and added some new ones, making this devotional one-stop shopping for the literary Christian. Like its three predecessors, this book is arranged from A to Z, featuring the expected (sin, salvation, Easter, Joseph) and the whimsical (children's books, story, loneliness). Buechner's folksy, unforgettable writing style puts him in a class by himself. Concerning Peter's denial of Christ, for example, Buechner describes 'the old cock's wattles trembling scarlet as up over the horizon it squawked the rising sun, and the tears running down Peter's face like rain down a rock.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Buechner's three popular 'alphabet books' (Wishful Thinking, which explored theological terms; Peculiar Treasures, which looked at the spiritual dimensions of ordinary words; and Whistling in the Dark, which examined various biblical characters) are gathered here in a single alphabetical devotional, with 366 entries, from Aaron to zero. Buechner has updated the entries from his three beloved classics and added some new ones, making this devotional one-stop shopping for the literary Christian. Like its three predecessors, this book is arranged from A to Z, featuring the expected (sin, salvation, Easter, Joseph) and the whimsical (children's books, story, loneliness). Buechner's folksy, unforgettable writing style puts him in a class by himself. Concerning Peter's denial of Christ, for example, Buechner describes 'the old cock's wattles trembling scarlet as up over the horizon it squawked the rising sun, and the tears running down Peter's face like rain down a rock.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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