July 11 marks the 90th Birthday
of one of my favorite writers,
In honor of the occasion,
here’s an Excerpt from
“Faith and Fiction.”
This essay can be found in the new book:
Essays and Sermons by Frederick Buechner
Intro by Anne Lamott.
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If someone were to come up and ask me to talk about my faith, it is exactly that journey that I would eventually have to talk about—the ups and downs of the years, the dreams, the odd moments, the intuitions. I would have to talk about the occasional sense I have that life is not just a series of events causing other events as haphazardly as a break shot in pool causes the billiard balls to careen off in all directions but that life has a plot the way a novel has a plot, that events are somehow or other leading somewhere. Whatever your faith may be or my faith may be, it seems to me inseparable from the story of what has happened to us, and that is why I believe that no literary form is better adapted to the subject than the form of fiction.