Peculiar Treasures
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In this second book of his popular lexical trilogy, Frederick Buechner profiles more than 125 of the Bible's most holy and profane people -- and one whale. In his lively and witty prose, Buechner brings to life such moments from scripture as:




Adam's pangs of regret for a remembered Eden



Delilah's last glimpse of Samson as they dragged him away



Lazarus's first impressions upon
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 30th 1993 by HarperOne (first published 1979)
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Derek Emerson
Feb 21, 2010 Derek Emerson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Nobody claims there's a chuckle on every page, but laughter's what the whole Bible is really about. -- Frederick Buechner

As a Christian I'm as dismayed as many at the lack of joy we sometimes find in our own faith. As a Catholic living in a Reformed Church of America community, I'm fully aware of the sinfulness of all of us. I was raised in a Protestant church (Methodist) which was light on sin, but far too serious for a growing boy. As a Catholic I found joy in the Mass, but cannot deny it was...more
Kristi Stoughton
That may be one of the loveliest things I’ve ever read. And I’m not talking religious pie-in-the-sky happy-clappy because if you know me then you know that I can’t stand that stuff. This book was sarcastic and irreverent and funny and poignant and it hits my heart with truth so strong that it makes me laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. Finally, a commentary of Biblical characters written with humor and a clear eye. Buechner refuses to paint these men and women as anything else but men an...more
Kristi
That may be one of the loveliest things I’ve ever read. And I’m not talking religious pie-in-the-sky happy-clappy because if you know me then you know that I can’t stand that stuff. This book was sarcastic and irreverent and funny and poignant and it hits my heart with truth so strong that it makes me laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. Finally, a commentary of Biblical characters written with humor and a clear eye. Buechner refuses to paint these men and women as anything else but men an...more
Tom
This was an enjoyable account of various people in the Bible. I felt it was an easy to read, informative, clever, humorous but not heretical description of well known and lesser known peoples in the Scriptures. By writing in an "up to date" style, the author does not diminish the messages contained in the Bible.
Christy
This book is such a fun look at some of the characters in the Bible....I read it quite quickly and laughed and just enjoyed a different glimpse into the Word. Will be writing a review for my book blog for My Friend Amy's Frederick Buechner week!
Jim
This is great fun, and really let me seek out a bunch of the Old Testament characters I'm not familiar with. Buechner's other books I've such as Godric, focus on one person. These witty re-tells of Biblical stories are great.

Mark
A wonderful introduction to this most inventive and insightful Christian writer. It's also a great way to get a feel for the Bible through its memorable characters, if you're not up to tackling the "original" itself.
Jakki
Jun 11, 2013 Jakki rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those interested in Bible Stories - Teachers, Pastors or regular folk
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Would be a fun book to use for changing up a Sunday School lesson on Bible Characters. Author's updated, sometimes silly descriptions made me laugh and think about how these Bible stories might play out today.
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His description of Hosea is worth the price of the book.
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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...more
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