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 way. “A child takes life as it comes because he has no other way of taking it,” Frederick Buechner writes in this first of his autobiographical books. With this statement. 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.
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Paperbackpages. Published October 11th by HarperOne first published To buechnner what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Sacred Journeyplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jul 30, Carol rated it it was amazing. This was insightful, uncommonly honest, and beautiful. I couldn’t put the book down, but had to, twice, before finishing the mere pages 3 chapters called “Once Below a Time, Once Upon a Time, and Beyond Time”.
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 buechmer, an interest thw helping others to know faith, hope and love in this lost world. I can’t sa This was insightful, uncommonly honest, and beautiful.
I can’t say it better than a review from Christian Century, “Reveals the ultimate goodness of things A book filled with wonders. May 17, Rebekah Choat freverick it really liked it Shelves: He recounts, with candor, byechner and the clarity of hindsight, events which shaped him and directed his journey through childhood to young adulthood; and in so doing, shares his particular perspective on many of the rites of passage common to us all.
Jun 29, Marty rated it it was amazing. I was given this book by my brother-in-law, who has me figured out well. This is a beautiful memoir and does truly tell, not one man’s story, but the story of many. Buechner’s descriptions are sensual and rich.
They draw vivid lines and yet feel like dreams. I’m so glad I finally got into this book. I started it on a reading-adventure-day in the sun with a friend. And so I will, gratefully, be able to tie it in my memory to both people in my life. One powerful selection that rung me on self refl I was given this book by my brother-in-law, who has me figured out well. One powerful selection that rung me on self reflection and understanding: Jan 23, Karen rated it it was amazing.
This is the most thought-provoking and encouraging book I have read in quite some time. So many of the experiences mostly “ah ha” moments, really that Buechner shares resonate with my soul. I marked so many pages.
The Sacred Journey — Frederick Buechner
I must read more of Frederick Buechner’s writing. May 21, Melanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Sacred Journey is memoir, poetry and philosophy in one slim novel and I loved it! The seeming unorganized stories come together much like real life does… where big moments hardly matter and the small, seemingly unimportant, conversations can change everything. His spirituality is not overbearing, it is honest and real, while at the same time rooted and sound.
Buevhner found myself extremely encouraged in my own journey of faith because of this book.
At first, I was a little put off by his over-thought and extreme poetic style of writing. After reading that quote, I sort of relaxed and sat back to enjoy the ride and let the book just take me wherever he was going.
Jojrney thing that is amazing to me is how optimistic Buechner is, despite the harshness of his life and his emotionally under-developed family. I found this paragraph particularly beautiful: The trouble with steeling yourself against the harshness of reality is that the same steel that secures your life against being destroyed secures your life also against sxcred opened up and transformed by the holy power that life itself comes from.
You can survive on your own. You can grow strong on your own. You can even prevail on your own. But you cannot become human on your own. After becoming a Christian and saccred deciding to attend seminary he says: And the way we have to go is full of perils, both from without and from within, and who can say joourney sure what we will find at the end of our journeys, or if, when that time comes, it will safred to be anything more than such a beautiful dream… Faith.
Love– As words so worn out, but as realities so rich. Our going-away presents from beyond time to carry with us through time to lighten our step as we go. That in the long run nothing, not even the world, not even ourselves, can separate us forever from that last and deepest love that glimmers in our dusk like a pearl, like a face.
The Sacred Journey
Buechner basically promises that becoming a Christian is not the end of your journey, nor is it the beginning; it is just part of the whole of what God is doing in your life and in the lives of others.
Nov 22, Matthew Ritter rated it really liked it. Buechner assumes that, “the story of any one of us is in some measure the story of us all. Doing as he implores us to do, he freeerick back on his life to find the blessings he missed or half forgot.
Buechner relays not only milestone highlights but also mundane lowlights and trifling buechnwr that prove to be as significant in shaping him. He dwells longest on episodes that provoke him to Buechner assumes that, “the story of any one of us is in some sxcred the story of us all. He dwells longest on episodes that provoke buechber to reflect on more than the happenings. He’s adept at extrapolating from specifics to generalities.
Sacrer recollections of childhood are especially profound. The short book is laden with meaningful truths. The trouble with steeling yourself against the harshness of reality is that the same steel that secures your life against being destroyed secures your life also against being opened up and transformed by the holy power life itself comes from.
Sacred Journey is that rare sort of worthy autobiography through which we learn about ourselves and are reminded of our lives. Mar 17, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Shelves: Beautiful memoir of Buechner’s early days. Tragedy and happiness are examined and treated lovingly as the gift they were. His lyrical descriptions evoke vivid imagery and sharp emotions. Feb 14, Eric Wright rated it liked it Shelves: Buechner sacded back on his first 25 or so years and muses on the various happenings that shaped his journey to Christ.
The journey is ill-defined, erratic, filled with ups and downs, big and small events, as is that of most of us. He is very candid about his failures and his fears, his family and confused aspirations. As such buechneg book it probably reflects much more about how those who become believers without a dated crisis become true followers of Christ. The problem with Buechner, in more very Buechner looks back on his first 25 or so years and muses on the various happenings that shaped his journey to Christ.
Introduction to The Sacred Journey
The problem with Buechner, in more very jaundiced view, is his love of more classical language that bears the stamp of another era. He loves long convoluted sentences, extremely long paragraphs that make it difficult for a modern used to Twitter and Facebook and more punchy prose to wade through.
And yet I found the book helpful and inspiring of reflection on my own life. Feb 27, Donovan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just finished this short and wonderful memoir of Buechner’s early days.
He chronicles the sounds and words of his life – the simple memories that slowly pushed and pulled him towards the mystery of faith in his late twenties. He captures the tragedies of his early life and the small beauties that were found in there as well. He shares with us his heart and his journey and makes us think that we are not alone.
Your life is happening. You back on your journey. The music of your life Let us all pause and listen to that journey and story. Jan 21, Megan S Spark rated it it was amazing.
Nov 28, Jeanette rated it liked it. Love the concepts and principles of his journey, and clearer direction perceived. But I am not a fan of the artsy, flowery prose style. It’s decent Advent or Lent reading. Possibly empowering for contemplation toward a change of emphasis or direction in attentions from his life’s example. 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.
Oct 23, Andrew rated it it was amazing.