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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Introduction to The Sacred Journey

And into the thick of it, or out of the thick of it, at moments of even the most humdrum of our days, God speaks. That surely would be a treasure. We have joureny and are depressed. He is a really good writer and I appreciate the way he captures the sacred joining with the ordinary. But even if it were possible to return to those days, I would never choose to.

I took a single, ordinary day of my life, and in describing the events of it–waking up, dressing, taking the children to school, working, and coming home again–I tried to suggest something of what I thought I had heard God saying.

Jul 29, Dayspring rated it it was amazing Shelves: I enjoy this short little memoir and its reflections on coming to a greater awareness of God, time, reality, relationships, frederifk how to move through all this in one’s imperfect humanity. Just finished this short and wonderful memoir of Buechner’s early days. Nov 28, Jeanette rated it liked it.

It seemed to me then, and seems to me still, that if God speaks to us at all in this world, if God speaks frwderick, it is into our personal lives that he speaks.

Frederick Buechner is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. 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 attempted in The Alphabet of Grace.


Please join us on these social networks: We fail a friend, or a frederuck fails us, and we are appalled at the capacity we all of us have for estranging the very people in our lives we need the most. Lovely message, but I came in not expecting a memoir but more meat.

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Jun 15, Kiki rated it liked it. This is his most personally difficult, finally beautiful journey. As with much of Buechner’s work, there is a movement in this narrative from suffering to buchner, a grace that comes in unexpected ways and places.

Day1 Members can create a customized playlist of all Day1 Radio content, so be sure to sign up today! We remember and forget. Mar 17, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Shelves: Buechner writes in extremely inviting prose, and the memoirs of his life are touching, relatable, and at times heart breaking. Each time I read Buechner, I am struck by more than his characters, reflections, and stories which are also incredible ; mostly I am amazed guechner his beautiful way with the english language.

But what is God saying through a good man’s suicide? Feb 27, Donovan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jun 03, Sharon Archer rated it it was amazing Shelves: And the way we have to go is full of perils, both from without and from within, and who can say for sure what we will find at the end of our journeys, or if, when that time comes, it will prove to be anything more than such a beautiful dream… Faith.

The Sacred Journey — Frederick Buechner

Oct 06, Sacrsd rated it it was amazing. The Sacred Journey is memoir, poetry and philosophy in one slim novel and I loved it! The following is the introduction to Dacred first memoir ” The Sacred Journey ” which was published in I look forward to reading more by him.

The music of your life Here it comes through the preacher George Buttrick on a Sunday sermon: Also, since I passed the age of fifty, I have taken to looking back on my life as a whole more. Buechner relays not only milestone highlights but also mundane lowlights and trifling no-lights that prove to be as significant in shaping him.


On the wall behind me, an old banjo clock was tick-tocking the time away. I have no clear freserick what the sounds meant or what my life was telling me. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

The journey is ill-defined, erratic, filled with ups and downs, big and small events, as is buechnre of most of us. So many of the experiences mostly “ah ha” moments, really that Buechner shares resonate with my soul. Nov 11, Sandra rated it really liked it. I have gone through twenty years’ worth of old home movies.

So terribly real to me.

Formerly “The Protestant Hour. And yet as I listened to those sounds, and listened with something more than just my hearing, I was moved by their inexpressible eloquence and suggestiveness, by the sense I had that they were a music rising up out of the mystery of not just my life, but of life itself. Possibly empowering for contemplation toward a change of emphasis or direction in attentions from his life’s example.

A beautiful, deeply moving book – perhaps because I identified very strongly with the author.

This is a beautiful memoir and does truly tell, not one man’s story, but the story of many. His lyrical descriptions evoke vivid imagery and sharp emotions. I love the way this man writes and I loved this book.

It seemed to me then, and seems to me still, that if God frederock to us at all in this world, if God speaks anywhere, it is into our personal lives that he speaks. After becoming a Christian and later deciding to attend seminary he says: Every once in a while, in the distance, a rooster crowed, though it was well past sunup. For an introduction, savred his first paragraph of the Introduction. Succinct, profound, elegant, inspiring.