Frederick Buechner – Intro Reading Guide

July 13, 2017 — Leave a comment

 

This week marked the 91st birthday of pastor and novelist Frederick Buechner.  In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to his work.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

1)   Telling the Truth:
The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale

 

This is an excellent book that reflect on what kind of story the Gospel is.

“This series of lectures explores these three ways of seeing the Gospel: first as tragedy, as honest sorrow and suffering–this must be faced before anything else becomes possible. From this comes the comedy of new life: a child born to Abraham and Sarah in old age, Lazarus raised from the dead. This is the folly of the Gospel–what Buechner will ultimately call the fairy tale. Drawing deeply from the well of The Wizard of Oz and other stories, he reminds us in this final chapter that “there is a child in all of us,” a child in touch with a truth deeper than the logic of tragedy.” – Amazon.com

 




 

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Image Credit: From the cover to the excellent book Now and Then: A Memoir of Vocation… (Buy it now!)