The Sacred Journey
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 every moment of every day.
I will not share any of the story, so as not to ruin any of it for future readers; however, if you long to journey well, you will be encouraged by this autobiographical work which has at its core, an interest in helping others to know faith, hope and love in this lost world.
I can't sa ...more
Rather than attempting to reconstruct a perfectly linear narrative of his early life, the author shares word-snapshots, pictures of particular people and places and days, some of which were ...more
He dwells longest on episodes that provoke him to ...more
"...and it is for all unknown ones (blessings) and the more than half-forgotten ones that we do well to look back over the journeys of our lives because it is their presence that makes the life of each of us a sacred journey."
"What quickens my pulse now is the stretch ahead rather than the one behind, and it is m ...more
The problem with Buechner, in more very ...more
He writes, "Listen. Your life is happening. You are happening. You back on your journey. ...more
It's old style lyrical. But I'm not sure that his young life would resonant much with the current young adult generation from the style of writing alone. Hope I'm wrong.
From an academic standpoint, this is theology through autobiography. And in his command of the tools of writing, it is both beautiful and revelatory.
His first chapter is titled, "Once Below a Time," and retells his innocent, ignorant childhood - when his perspective was very limited. "Once Upon a Time" describes the years following his father's suicide, when he started growing as a mor ...more
There's not a whole lot of God in this first volume...Buechner is finding his way. A very good beginning, though. Buechner writes so well! Can't wait to read the rest.
"About ten years ago I gave a set of lectures at Harvard in which I made the observation that all theology, like all fiction, is at its heart authobiograp ...more
Buechner recalls his father's death in a way which made me think of Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking when in a moment one's life changes completely. He tells of it in such an und ...more
Frederick offers great insight into his development - to those peculiar events and circumstances that have formed him. He candidly remembers significant meetings but can't remember a word that was spoken, and he recalls conversations or encounters that were so mi ...more
He speaks many times of the loss of his father and how deeply he suffered this loss and carried it with him always. I lost my father at a young age, not by suicide, but there were other painful circumstances. Thus his pain being so similar to mine was stunning.
I want to mov ...more
"I do not know why it is we remember so much about some of the small decisions of our lives and so little about most of the great ones, but for me at least that has always tended to be the case. Maybe it is because the great decisions are not made at some particular moment in time but deep withi ...more
By the way, here's one of the passages that stuck with me:
"The trouble with steeling yourself against the harshness of realit ...more
I recommend this book to anyone considering or in the process of writing memoir or a life story as it has a style altogether different from what we find in bookstores and librarie ...more
His first book, A Long Day's Dying, was published to acclaim just two years after he graduated from Princeton. He entere ...more