New PDF release: Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC's of Faith

By Frederick Buechner

ISBN-10: 0060574461

ISBN-13: 9780060574468

ISBN-10: 0060729333

ISBN-13: 9780060729332

Past phrases n (1.) phrases or names that time to the world of puzzle and intensity that lies past our usual adventure. (2.) the truth that's past even the facility of past phrases to exhibit, and that may be identified in basic terms through experiencing it for your self. "A notice an afternoon to maintain the demons at bay." this is often how Frederick Buechner loves to describe this witty and incisive dictionary. an everyday devotional from one in every of modern-day maximum religious writers, past phrases deals 366 entries from Buechner's 3 alphabet books, Wishful pondering, unusual Treasures, and Whistling in the dead of night, together with a brand new advent and nineteen new entries. delivering definitions of either sacred and traditional phrases, in addition to biblical characters, Buechner unabashedly brings his clean viewpoint to phrases, suggestions, and characters we idea we understood. this can be a nice creation to Buechner's paintings in addition to a library staple for these already good versed in his writing. it truly is Buechner at his top. even if readers locate themselves tearful from a deeply relocating perception or guffawing out loud at an unforeseen flip of word, they'll constantly think uplifted, illuminated, and enchanted through the knowledge of Frederick Buechner.

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The prophets are wildly repetitious and almost never know when to stop. There are all the begats. There are passages that even Moses must have nodded over, like the six long chapters in Exodus (25–30) that describe the tabernacle 42 F r e d e r i c k B u e c h n e r and its workings all the way from the length, breadth, and composition of the curtains down to the color and cut of the priest’s ephod and a recipe for anointing oil. There are the lists of kings, dietary laws, tribes, and tribal territories.

So that is where they draw the battle line. The more desperately they are urged to eat, the more desperately they resist. Their bodies are their last citadel, and they are prepared to defend them literally to the death. Yet on the other side of it, of course, they desperately need Mummy and Daddy and are scared stiff of the very independence they are fighting to achieve. The craving to be free and independent. The craving to be taken care of and safe. The magic of the sickness is that it meets both these cravings at once.

Unlike painters, who work with space, musicians work with time, with note following note as second follows second. Listen! say Vivaldi, Brahms, Stravinsky. Listen to this time that I have framed between the first note and the last and to these sounds in time. Listen to the way the silence is broken into uneven lengths between B e y o n d Wo r d s 27 the sounds and to the silences themselves. Listen to the scrape of bow against gut, the rap of stick against drumhead, the rush of breath through reed and wood.

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Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC's of Faith by Frederick Buechner


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