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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Every once in a while, in the distance, a rooster crowed, though it was well past sunup. My assumption is that the story of anyone of sacre is in some measure the story of us all.

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

Formerly “The Protestant Hour. But even if it were possible to return to those days, I would never choose to.

Whether it ends in truth or dream we cannot know, but Buechner sides with King Rinkitink of Oz who says, “Never question the truth of what you fail frederkck understand, for the world is filled with wonders. He is very candid about his failures and his fears, his family and confused aspirations.

His lyrical descriptions evoke vivid imagery and sharp emotions. But I choose to believe that he speaks nonetheless, and the reason that his words are impossible to capture in human language is of course that they are ultimately always incarnate words. Feb 27, Donovan rated it it was amazing Shelves: I marked so many pages. Out of the shadowy street comes a cry for help.


Jun 29, Marty rated it it was amazing. Frederick Buechner is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Buechner’s biggest first splash of literary work was a novel A Long Day’s Dying, The following is the introduction to Buechner’s first memoir ” The Sacred Journey ” which was published in A good book that I’d recommend to friends looking for an easy, engaging, yet deep encouragement to consider anew their own life journey.

Nov 28, Jeanette rated it liked it. I found this paragraph particularly beautiful: Return to Book Page. He captures the tragedies of his early life and the small beauties that were found in there as well.

Quotes from The Sacred Journe While reading Buechner’s memoir, I couldn’t help but think of the life events and odd memories that have shaped my faith; that continue to shape my view of God and the world. Their music was unique and unrepeatable and beyond describing in its freshness. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And so I will, gratefully, be able to tie it in my memory to both people in my life. Nov 30, Heather rated it it was amazing. He entere Frederick Buechner is a highly influential writer and theologian who has won awards for his poetry, short stories, novels and theological writings.

Buechner relays not only milestone highlights but also mundane lowlights and trifling no-lights that prove to be as significant in shaping him. 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.


The Sacred Journey

Love the concepts rfederick principles of his journey, and clearer direction perceived. We each have a unique story to tell and Buechner, sarced telling his, reminds us to consider the stories of others and discover how we can be so different and yet so alike.

Just finished this short and wonderful memoir of Buechner’s early days. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Want to Read saving…. One thing that is amazing to me is how optimistic Buechner is, despite the harshness of his life and his emotionally under-developed family. He dwells longest on episodes that provoke him to reflect on more than the happenings. Here in this beautiful book this soul-changing journey across Manhattan stands for “the sacred journey” of a life–and of all of our lives.

Several rooms away, in another part of the house, two men were doing some carpentry.

Introduction to The Sacred Journey

He’s adept at extrapolating from specifics to generalities. I love the way this man writes and I loved this book. He loves long convoluted sentences, extremely long paragraphs that make it difficult for a modern used to Twitter and Facebook and more punchy prose to wade through.

What about sin itself as a means of grace? To ask other readers questions about The Sacred Journeyplease sign up. By now my children have mostly grown up and mostly gone.

Sep 12, Ricoandbeth Lighthouse rated it it was amazing. Read for transformation, in community. Buechner’s descriptions are sensual and rich.