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by Frederick Buechner (Author) "Speaking against abortion, someone has said, "No one should be denied access to the great feast of life" to which the rebuttal, obviously enough, is..." (more)
Key Phrases: Saint Paul, Law of Love, New Testament (more...)
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Faith, writes novelist/theologian Buechner, is "a kind of whistling in the dark," and in this companion volume to Wishful Thinking : A Theological ABC (1973), he once again offers a potpourri of "somewhat antic and most undefinitive definitions," all spiritually provocative though not, this time, just on theological terms. Musing on such words as "Abortion," "Jogging," and "X-rated" as well as "Born-Again" and "Second Coming," this is bound to nudge readers to consider a range of issues a little bit differently. EC
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Awry and thought-provoking jaunt through the spiritual terrain of our everyday language -- a lexion of uncommon insight to jar the mind and nourish the soul. "I think of faith as a kind of whistling in the dark, because in much the same way," writes Buechner, "it helps to give us courage and to hold the shadows at bay."



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Speaking against abortion, someone has said, "No one should be denied access to the great feast of life" to which the rebuttal, obviously enough, is that life isn't much of a feast for the child born to people who don't want it or can't afford it or are one way or another incapable of taking care of it and will one way or another probably end up abusing or abandoning it. Read the first page
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful:
Classic Buechner, June 16, 2001
By "rraabfaber" (Albuquerque, NM USA) - See all my reviews
A great starting place if you want to explore Buechner's non-fiction. He has a way of making the deep attainable and the mundane deep. His way with words is remarkable and moving.

In this and other writings, Buechner shares with us his own fallibility in a way that is both touching and disarming and in doing so helps us to deal with our own foibles in a remarkable new way. He never condescends or assumes the spiritual state of the reader.

Start with this wonderful volume, go on to read some of his fiction like 'Godric' or 'On The Road WIth The Archangel', move on to the Bebb Quadrology (?) and then come back to his autobiogrphical books.... heck, then get everything else you've missed.

Buechner is quoted in John Irving's 'A Prayer For Owen Meany' as saying 'Not the least of my problems is that I can hardly even imagine what kind of an experience a genuine, self-authenticating religious experience would be. Without somehow destroying me in the process, how could God reveal himself in a way that would leave no room for doubt? If there were no room for doubt, there would be no room for me." Indeed. This Frederick Buechner is a man who gets us as close to that religious experience as possible without being destroyed.



 
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More solid Buechner, July 25, 2002
By kwill10 "kwill10" (Nashville, TN United States) - See all my reviews
The third and final installment in Buechner's lexicon-style expositions, Whistling in the Dark looks at words that might not be considered "religious" but that deal with the topic nonetheless. Hitting topics such as abortion, this book hits a bit more into politics than the previous two. Be forewarned that some of the entries are somewhat darker and even a little depressing. Although not as good as "Wishful Thinking", it is on par with "Peculiar Treasures" and superior to most "religious" books available today. This is another one to read and ponder again and again.


 
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Great Readings, June 28, 2006
A hospital chaplain read the passage "Dreams" at a morning meditation. It was a very moving, spiritual reading which gives you much to think about. I came home and ordered a copy from Amazon, express delivery. Look forward to reading the other chapters.

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