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The Sacred Journey by Frederick Buechner

In the introduction to this memoir, Buechner says that he has determined “to try to describe my own life…in the hope that such glimmers of theological truth as I believed I had glimpsed in it would shine through…” because “if God speaks to us at all in this world…it is into our personal lives that he speaks.”  
 
Rather than attempting to reconstruct a perfectly linear narrative of his early life, the author shares word-snapshots, pictures of particular people and places and days, some of which were clearly momentous at the time, but more of which he realized only later as being significant milestones or turning points.  He recounts, with candor, humor and the clarity of hindsight, events which shaped him and directed his journey through childhood to young adulthood; and in so doing, shares his particular perspective on many of the rites of passage common to us all.
 
Reading these pages is, indeed, as Buechner puts it, “like looking through someone else’s photograph album…somewhere among all those shots of people you never knew and places you never saw, you may come across something or someone you recognize…may even catch a glimpse of yourself.”
 
 

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Kevin Belmonte on Friday, March 30, 2012 2:18 PM
A well considered and finely wrought piece, Becka! Mr. Buechner is a national treasure. Have I ever told you that he lived close to where I lived when I was a little boy? For several years he was Dean of Chapel at Phillips Exeter Academy. We lived just one town away, in Kingston, NH...
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Becka on Saturday, March 31, 2012 8:30 AM
Thanks, Kevin! Mr. Buechner's words resonate deep with me.


replica rolex on Saturday, October 05, 2013 7:57 PM
Thank you for allowing your inspirational story to come to light.

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