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Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC's of Faith

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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 dicti
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published May 11th 2004 by HarperOne (first published 2004)
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Joshua Casey
Jul 23, 2014 Joshua Casey rated it it was amazing
Buechner is the rare author who does not merely TELL you what he's speaking about, but SHOWS you. With a unique recipe of wit, high intelligence, and perceptiveness, Buechner has the inspired ability to bring out the wordless feelings from deep within a soul and give them voice. In this collection of short "definitions" on words both sacred and not, he erases such dialectical thinking and displays how the whole of life is shot through with beautify and truth.
If you've never read Buechner (and yo
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Deborah Arvin
Jan 21, 2014 Deborah Arvin rated it it was amazing
Love anything written by Mr. Buechner. This is one of those grab a portion as you go topical books. Interesting insights. My favorite is his perspective on anger: "The skeleton at the feast is you."
Tom
Dec 11, 2013 Tom rated it liked it
This was a book of updated meditations related to spirituality and Bible characters/events. It was written to be read as a reflection for each day of the year. I chose to read it more like a novel. The author provides some new twists on familiar subject matter including some interesting interpretations, some good humor, some inspirational moments.
Claire
Feb 04, 2008 Claire rated it it was amazing
This has been my daily devotional book for the past year. Buechner is a Presbyterian minister and highly regarded author of fiction and non-fiction. His outlook is creative, his theology is edgy, his words are ultimately very comforting. An excellent book for exploring faith.
Sylvia
Jun 04, 2008 Sylvia rated it it was amazing
This is a great newer edition of Beuchner's earlier books where he writes his own definitions or comments on words and characters in the Bible. If you're not familiar with Buechner, this is a great way to familiarize yourself with his clever use of language.
Bill Bangham
Jun 06, 2013 Bill Bangham rated it it was amazing
It belongs on everyone's shelf, Nook or Kindle. Even if you aren't a person of faith, the insights — and the way they are crafted — are invaluable.
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Frederick Buechner is a highly influential writer and theologian who has won awards for his poetry, short stories, novels and theological writings. His work pioneered the genre of spiritual memoir, laying the groundwork for writers such as Anne Lamott, Rob Bell and Lauren Winner.

His first book, A Long Day's Dying, was published to acclaim just two years after he graduated from Princeton. He entere
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