Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons (Paperback)

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This is a collection of sermons given by this powerful writer over a lifetime of incisive reflection and powerful feeling. Great for people within a religious tradition and also great for those who are not. His memoirs beginning with The Sacred Journey and continuing with Now & Then (the first book I purchased at Annie Bloom's...20 years ago!)and Telling Secrets were life-giving to me as I struggled with my inherited faith. --Matt

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Frederick Buechner has long been a kindred spirit to those who find elements of doubt as constant companions on their journey of faith. He is a passionate writer and preacher who can alter lives with a simple phrase.

Buechner's words, both written and spoken, have the power to revolutionize and revitalize belief and faith. He reveals the presence of God in the midst of daily life. He faces and embraces difficult questions and doubt as essential components of our lives, rather than as enemies that destroy us. "Listen to your life!" is his clarion call. This theme pervades this definitive collection of sermons, delivered throughout Buechner's lifetime. Presented chronologically, they provide a clear picture of the development of his theology and thinking. Reflecting Buechner's exquisite gift for storytelling and his compassionate pastor's heart, Secrets in the Dark will inspire laughter, hope, and bring great solace. Turn the pages and rediscover what it means to be thoughtful about faith. See why this renowned writer has been quoted in countless pulpits and beloved by Americans for generations.

About the Author

Frederick Buechner, author of more than thirty works of fiction and nonfiction, is an ordained Presbyterian minister. He has been a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His most recent work is Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC’s of Faith.

Praise For…

“Buechner uses words with such transformative power that any comment on them is like the moon palely reflecting the sun.” — Walter Brueggemann, author of The Prophetic Imagination

“An elegant and life-giving memoir.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Buechner is one of our best worker of words. Now, in this fine collection, we’ve got the best of Buechner.” — William H. Willimon, Bishop, North Alabama Conference, The United Methodist Church, author of Sinning Like a Christian

“The topography of Buechner’s world is beautifully mapped by this set of self-revealing sermons and essays.” — J. I. Packer, author of Knowing God

“Brilliant…overflowing with images and questions and honesty and insights that will haunt you for days.” — Rob Bell, pastor of Mars Hill, author of Velvet Elvis

“A poignant, practical, deeply philosophical, and powerful work. Highly recommended.” — Library Journal

“...his work is a revelation...Here Buechner’s storytelling abilities and eye for detail are at their best.” — The Lutheran

“[Buechner] eloquently explores the beauty of language, the joy and pain of being human...and the hope of the Gospel.” — Dallas Morning News

“One of the most insightful spiritual writers of our age... - a must for Buechner’s many fans.” — Kansas City Star

“[A book] that will inspire or challenge you.” — Chicago Sun Times

“Buechner eloquently explores the beauty of language, the joy and pain of being human, and the hope of the Gospel.” — Houston Chronicle

“He has the rare gift of taking biblical text and helping us to see it [...] in a completely new way.” — Lexington Herald Leader

“This collection of sermons will refresh your soul. I highly recommend this book for your enjoyment and inspiration.” — Canadian Mennonite

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061146619
ISBN-10: 0061146617
Publisher: HarperOne
Publication Date: March 13th, 2007
Pages: 320
Language: English