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Reading Buechner: Exploring the Work of a Master Memoirist, Novelist, Theologian, and Preacher

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Frederick Buechner is one of the most gifted writers of his generation, and his legacy casts a long shadow over Christian letters today. As a memoirist, he opened up an entirely new way to think about the genre. As a novelist, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer. And as a theologian and preacher, he pioneered the art of making theology accessible for a popular audience.

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Paperback, 228 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by IVP Books
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Marti Wade
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is what it says it is -- a book about reading the works of Fredrick Buechner. It has a good index and annotated bibliography, but it's a book you can really read as a book, not just use as a reference. The author reviews Buechner's life experiences and influences (drawing primarily but not exclusively on the memoirs and personal comments in his theological works and sermons), traces themes that weave throughout his work (grace, beauty, suicide, doubt), and helps the reader appreciate w ...more
Michele Morin
First impressions are usually lasting, and that was certainly the case with my introduction to Frederick Buechner, which came through a Luci Shaw poem. She quoted these nourishing words in a season of seeking intimacy with God: “Beat a trail to God long enough, and he will come to you on the trail you have beaten, bringing you the gift of himself.” Buechner (pronounced “Beek-ner”) offered the gift of the right words at the right time for me, as he seemed to be describing the spiritual pacing tha ...more
Michael Philliber
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Storytelling is a gift. I'm not sure I have it, but I'm always intrigued when I stumble across an author or speaker who can capture my attention. I have heard for many years that Frederick Buechner is one of those master raconteurs. So I was interested when Jeffrey Munroe, executive vice president at Western Theological Seminary and a charter member of the advisory board of the Buechner Institute of Faith and Culture, put forth this new 232-page paperback "Reading Buechner: Exploring the Master ...more
April
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful summation of the life and writings of Frederick Buechner. Though I have not read much of Buechner's work, I have grown to admire the depth of his story and faith through Jeff Munroe's writings. I now have the inkling to go check out every Buechner book I can find so that I, too, might experience the whimsy, joy, doubt, and faith of Buechner. ...more
Seth
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Buechner is one of the better memoirist/novelist/theologian/preachers of our time. It’s rare to find someone who fires through on four pistons but that’s Buechner for you!

If you’re like me, you might’ve read his stuff in one or two categories. This book reads like a biography of sorts and covers some of the “essentials” the author has identified and the themes that come out of them.
Chris
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great overview of Buechner's work. Helpful for those who know next to nothing about Buechner, but also instructive for Buechner fans. ...more
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Jeffrey Munroe is executive vice president at Western Theological Seminary, where he also teaches writing. He was a charter member of the advisory board of the Buechner Institute of Faith and Culture, and is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America.

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