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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He dwells longest on episodes that provoke him to reflect on more than the happenings. So many of the experiences mostly “ah ha” moments, really that Buechner shares resonate with my soul. Oct 06, Alan rated it it was amazing. For an introduction, here’s his first paragraph of the Introduction.

The particular ways in which Buchner marks pivotal moments in his growth and development— often tied to family tragedy— was inspiring, leading me to consider similar turning points in my own life.

The seeming unorganized stories come together much like real life does… where big moments hardly matter and the small, seemingly unimportant, conversations can change everything.

It was great and we are all on our own sacred journey. Possibly empowering for contemplation toward a change of emphasis or direction in attentions from his life’s example. They draw vivid lines and yet feel like dreams. He’s adept at extrapolating from specifics to generalities.

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The Sacred Journey

Formerly “The Protestant Hour. Also, since I passed the age of sacrrd, I have taken to looking back on my life as a whole more. Or maybe nothing extraordinary happens at all–just one day following another, helter-skelter, in the manner of days.

What about sin itself as a means of grace? It seemed fredeerick me then, and seems to me still, that if God speaks to us at all in this world, if God speaks anywhere, it is into our personal lives that he speaks.


Introduction to The Sacred Journey

Beautiful memoir of Buechner’s early days. 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 sacredd doing, shares his particular perspective on many of the rites of passage common to us all.

Thhe reading that quote, I sort of relaxed and sat back to enjoy the ride and let the book just take me wherever he was going. From an academic standpoint, this is theology through autobiography.

His writing grows on you, in the sense that one seems to get with it and get more out of it with more and more repetitions. What I propose to do now is to try listening to my life as a whole, or at least to certain key moments of the first half of my life thus far, for whatever of meaning, of holiness, of God, there may be in it to hear.

For the reader, I suppose, it is like looking through someone else’s photograph album. We have fun and are depressed. He entere Frederick Buechner is a highly influential writer and theologian who has won awards for his poetry, short stories, novels and theological writings.

Or maybe nothing extraordinary happens at all-just one day following another, helter-skelter, in the manner of days. The music of your life Jun 21, Christopher rated it really liked it. We each have a unique story to tell and Buechner, in telling his, reminds us to consider the stories of others and discover how we can be so different and yet so alike. That was ten years ago.

The trouble with steeling yourself against the harshness of reality is that the same steel that secures your life against being destroyed secures your life also against being opened up and transformed by the holy power that life itself comes from. Jun 12, Susan rated it really liked it. Nov 28, Jeanette rated it liked it. Oct 27, Joanna rated it liked it.


Jun 29, Marty rated it it was amazing. Buechner’s descriptions are sensual and rich. Your life is happening.

He describes moments in his life in which he has glimpses of the sacred, ways of seeing that altered him utterly.

The Sacred Journey: A Memoir of Early Days by Frederick Buechner

But even if it were possible to return to those days, I would never choose to. We are awakened by a dream. 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. Want to Read saving….

At first, I was a little put off by his over-thought and extreme poetic style of writing. No trivia or quizzes yet. You can even prevail on your own. The short book is laden with meaningful truths.

It is the function of all great preaching, I think, and of all great art, to sharpen our hearing to precisely that end, and it was what I xacred in The Alphabet of Grace. Never had I heard just such a coming together of sounds before, and it is unlikely that I will ever hear them in just the same combination again.

The problem with Buechner, in more very jaundiced view, is his love of more classical language that bears the stamp of another era.

The Sacred Journey by Frederick Buechner

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I couldn’t put the book down, but had to, twice, before finishing the mere pages 3 chapters called “Once Below a Time, Once Upon a Time, and Beyond Time”. What about the danger of the proclaimed saint’s becoming a buechber of religious prima donna as proud of his own humility as a peacock of its tail? Jan 23, Karen rated it it was amazing.