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.
5. [easyazon_link identifier=”0060611758″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]The Hungering Dark[/easyazon_link]
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 Darktowers as one of Fredrick Buechner’s best statements on contemporary belief challenged by doubt.
Drawing on texts from the Old and New Testaments, The Hungering Dark invites us to discover the hidden face of God, the manifestation of his grace, revealed in stillness, in unexpected places, often “through a glass, darkly.” It invites us to say yes to “the possibility of God”, and to recover “this fantastic hope that the future belongs to God…that holiness will return to our world.”