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Frederick Buechner (1927–2022)

Author of Telling The Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy and Fairy Tale

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About the Author

Frederick Buechner is the author of more than thirty books and has been an important source of inspiration and learning for many readers. A prolific writer, Buechner's books have been translated into twenty-seven languages. He has been called a "major talent" by the New York Times and "one of our show more most original story-tellers" by USA Today. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Buechner has been awarded honorary degrees from institutions including Yale University and Virginia Theological Saminary. show less
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Works by Frederick Buechner

Godric (1981) 736 copies
Telling Secrets (1991) 582 copies
The Magnificent Defeat (1966) 532 copies
The Alphabet of Grace (1970) 508 copies
Now and Then (1983) 464 copies
The Hungering Dark (1968) 455 copies
The Son of Laughter (1993) 433 copies
Brendan (1988) 333 copies
The Book of Bebb (1971) 211 copies
The Wizard's Tide: A Story (1990) 159 copies
The Storm (1998) 151 copies
Yellow Leaves: A Miscellany (2008) 87 copies
A Long Day's Dying (1900) 74 copies
The Final Beast (1965) 66 copies
Lion Country (1971) 57 copies
Open Heart (1972) 47 copies
Love Feast (1974) 44 copies
Treasure Hunt (1977) 37 copies
The Return of Ansel Gibbs (1957) 27 copies
The Christmas Tide (1717) 17 copies
The Seasons' Difference (1952) 14 copies
Entrance to Porlock (1970) 12 copies

Associated Works

Modern American Memoirs (1995) — Contributor — 189 copies
Flannery O'Connor: A Proper Scaring (1988) — Foreword, some editions — 43 copies
Eyes to See, Volume Two (2008) — Contributor — 24 copies
Sunstone - Vol. 18:1, Issue 98, April 1995 (1995) — Contributor — 1 copy


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This one had me in tears a few times. I think Buechner is able to express his own specific memories so well that it inspires something similar in the reader. I remembered things I hadn't thought of in a long time as I read this, and while there was plenty of pain, being there in the memories didn't feel quite so hard with Buechner's encouragement.
pianistpalm91 | Apr 7, 2024 |
"For me The Sacred Journey' was not just the interesting story of the maturation of a very talented artist, but also the awesome story of God in the life of an attentive human being." Henri J. M. Nouwen
PendleHillLibrary | 5 other reviews | Mar 31, 2024 |
Frederick Buechner's Godric "retells the life of Godric of Finchale, a twelfth-century English holy man whose projects late in life included that of purifying his moral ambition of pride...Sin, spiritual yearning, rebirth, fierce asceticism--these hagiographic staples aren't easy to revitalize but Frederick Buechner goes at the task with intelligent intensity and a fine readiness to invent what history doesn't supply. He contrives a style of speech for his narrator--Godric himself--that's brisk and tough-sinewed...He avoids metaphysical fiddle, embedding his narrative in domestic reality--familiar affection, responsibilities, disasters...All on his own, Mr. Buechner has managed to reinvent projects of self-purification and of faith as piquant matter for contemporary fiction [in a book] notable for literary finish...Frederick Buechner is a very good writer indeed." -- Benjamin DeMott, The New York Times Book Review… (more)
PendleHillLibrary | 10 other reviews | Mar 7, 2024 |
"These powerful reflections on biblical themes by one of today's most popular religious writers point up the truth that the darkness of doubt is often necessary to provoke a hunger for God. The Hungering Dark towers as one of Frederick Buechner's best statements on contemporary belief challenged by doubt." from book cover
PendleHillLibrary | 2 other reviews | Feb 13, 2024 |



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