Telling the Truth

The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale

Author: Frederick Buechner

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060611561

Category: Religion

Page: 112

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A fresh, creative look at the underlying meaning of the Gospels that stresses the many dimensions of God's relationship to humanity.

Beyond Words

Daily Readings in the ABC's of Faith

Author: Frederick Buechner

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0061739049

Category: Religion

Page: 448

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Beyond Words n (1.) Terms or names that point to the realm of mystery and depth that lies beyond our ordinary experience. (2.) The reality that is beyond even the power of beyond words to convey, and that can be known only by experiencing it for yourself. "A word a day to keep the demons at bay." This is how Frederick Buechner likes to describe this witty and incisive dictionary. A daily devotional from one of today's greatest spiritual writers, Beyond Words offers 366 entries from Buechner's three alphabet books, Wishful Thinking, Peculiar Treasures, and Whistling in the Dark, including a new Introduction and nineteen new entries. Providing definitions of both sacred and ordinary words, as well as biblical characters, Buechner unabashedly brings his fresh perspective to words, concepts, and characters we thought we understood. This is a great introduction to Buechner's work as well as a library staple for those already well versed in his writing. It is Buechner at his best. Whether readers find themselves tearful from a deeply moving insight or laughing out loud at an unexpected turn of phrase, they will always feel uplifted, illuminated, and enchanted by the wisdom of Frederick Buechner.

Telling Secrets

Author: Frederick Buechner

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061755309

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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With eloquence, candor, and simplicity, a celebrated author tells the story of his father's alcohol abuse and suicide and traces the influence of this secret on his life as a son, father, husband, minister, and writer.

Listening to Your Life

Daily Meditations with Frederick Buechne

Author: Frederick Buechner

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061842818

Category: Religion

Page: 384

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Daily meditations taken from the works of an acclaimed novelist, essayist, and preacher who has articulated what he sees with a freshness and clarity and energy that hails our stultified imaginations.

The Remarkable Ordinary

How to Stop, Look, and Listen to Life

Author: Frederick Buechner

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310352525

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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Your remarkable life is happening right here, right now. You may not be able to see it – your life may seem predictable and your work insignificant until you look at your life as Frederick Buechner does. Based on a series of mostly unpublished lectures, Frederick Buechner reveals how to stop, look, and listen to your life. He reflects on how both art and faith teach us how to pay attention to the remarkableness right in front of us, to watch for the greatness in the ordinary, and to use our imaginations to see the greatness in others and love them well. As you learn to listen to your life and what God is doing in it, you will uncover the plot of your life’s story and the sacred opportunity to connect with the Divine in each moment.

Novel Preaching

Tips from Top Writers on Crafting Creative Sermons

Author: Alyce M. McKenzie

Publisher: Presbyterian Publishing Corp

ISBN: 0664233228

Category: Religion

Page: 180

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In this lively and accessible book, Alyce McKenzie explores how fiction writers approach the task of writing novels: how they develop their ideas, where they find their inspiration, and how they turn the spark of a creative notion into words on paper that will captivate the masses. McKenzie's study shows how preachers can use the same techniques to enhance their own creativity and to turn their ideas into powerful, well crafted sermons. Novel Preaching offers a wealth of advice from successful fiction writers, including Isabelle Allende, Frederick Buechner, Julia Cameron, Annie Dillard, Natalie Goldberg, Stephen King, Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, and Melanie Rae Thorn, and also includes a number of sample sermons from McKenzie herself.

A Crazy, Holy Grace

The Healing Power of Pain and Memory

Author: Frederick Buechner

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310350549

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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When pain is real, why is God silent? Frederick Buechner has grappled with the nature of pain, grief, and grace ever since his father committed suicide when Buechner was a young boy. He continued that search as a father when his daughter struggled with anorexia. In this essential collection of essays, including one never before published, Frederick Buechner finds that the God who might seem so silent is ever near. He writes about what it means to be a steward of our pain, and about this grace from God that seems arbitrary and yet draws us to his holiness and care. Finally he writes about the magic of memory and how it can close up the old wounds with the memories of past goodnesses and graces from God. Here now are the best of Buechner’s writings on pain and loss, covering such topics as the power of hidden secrets, loss of a dearly beloved, letting go, resurrection from the ruins, peace, and listening for the quiet voice of God. And he reveals that pain and sorrow can be a treasure—an amazing grace. Buechner says that loss will come to all of us, but he writes that we are not alone. Crazy and unreal as it may sometimes seem, God’s holy, healing grace is always present and available if we are still enough to receive it.

The Source of Life

The Holy Spirit and the Theology of Life

Author: Jürgen Moltmann

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 9781451412031

Category: Religion

Page: 148

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Beginning with his experiences as a prisoner of war, Moltmann anchors his reflections in a theology of life - and the Spirit as elemental renewer of life - which links biblical manifestations to contemporary ones, hope to holiness, creation to community, and politics to prayer. In the Spirit we embrace the presence of God, but we also embrace community with people and all living things.

The Yellow Leaves

A Miscellany

Author: Frederick Buechner

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664232760

Category: Religion

Page: 123

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In these original essays, short stories, and poems, Frederick Buechner reflects on the moments of transcendence in the midst of his daily existence. With his masterly crafted prose, Buechner here edifies, inspires, and offers a timeless model for approaching the human experience.

The Mind of the Maker

The Expression of Faith through Creativity and Art

Author: Dorothy L. Sayers

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504004485

Category: Religion

Page: 250

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In her most profound work, Sayers investigates the nature of God and creativity From the first pages of Genesis, it is clear that God and man share one vital trait: the ability to create great works out of nothing. More than any other group, artists feel impelled to create, and this urge brings them closer to God. By contemplating the creative drive of humanity, we can better understand the works of God, and by reading deeply into the tenets of Christianity, we can better understand the creative spirit of man. Dorothy L. Sayers explores the concept of the Holy Trinity within the context of invention: the creative idea, the creative energy, and the creative power. In this searching, wide-ranging treatise, one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century shows us what it means to be an artist—and what it takes to make humankind.

The Sermon

Dancing the Edge of Mystery

Author: Eugene L. Lowry

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780687015436

Category: Religion

Page: 127

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This introductory-level textbook from one of the best-known professors of preaching in the U.S. helps the reader understand the sermon in terms of the movement of time, place, shape, space, conflict, complication, and the "sudden shift" of the text.

Spiritual Care

Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 9781451406825

Category: Religion

Page: 93

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Bonhoeffer says spiritual care is a function of the congregation and that it is an aspect of the broader, more encompassing activity of proclamation. In Spiritual Care, we are confronted with the awesome truth that in speech God's presence is known and that speech is also our own; in silence God's presence is known and that silence is also our own. The text demands us to consider how the gospel message is brought to people in the midst of their personal lives, and his message and counsel use the tools given within the traditional life of the church so that such grace becomes enacted, enfleshed, and incarnate in the Christian community.

Catching Light

Looking for God in the Movies

Author: Roy M. Anker

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802827951

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 402

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Examines nineteen popular films, such as The Godfather trilogy, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and American Beauty, and shows how they convey a range of striking perspectives on the human encounter with God. Original.

The Faces of Jesus

A Life Story

Author: Frederick Buechner

Publisher: Paraclete Press (MA)

ISBN: 9781612615905

Category: Religion

Page: 161

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With timeless insight, this award-winning author retells the stories of the gospels and reminds readers that to see Jesus afresh is to be changed and challenged and to be put back on their feet.

The Complete Stories

Author: Flannery O'Connor

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0374515360

Category: Fiction

Page: 555

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Thirty-one tales depicting the humorous, if near tragic conditions of life in the Deep South during the fifties

Telling the Truth

Preaching about Sexual and Domestic Violence

Author: John S. McClure,Nancy Jean Ramsay

Publisher: John McClure

ISBN: 9780829812824

Category: Religion

Page: 162

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Every congregation in North America has victims, survivors, and perpetrators of violence in its midst. Many in the church, while supporting marital and family connections, do not know how to address abuse. Many ministers are searching for theological and ethical perspectives with which to frame an effective pulpit, teaching, and pastoral ministry.Telling the Truth assembles the wisdom of experts from across disciplines and denominations. Biblical and theological issues are analyzed by Johanna Van Wijk-Bos, Shawn Copeland, and Wendy Farley. Pastoral resources are presented by Marie M. Fortune, James Poling, Nancy Ramsay, and David Goatley. Preaching strategies are discussed by Barbara Patterson and John S. McClure. Four sermons are also included to provide effective models for ministering against sexual and domestic violence.

Stewards of the Story

The Task of Preaching

Author: James Earl Massey

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664229818

Category: Religion

Page: 108

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In this insightful study, James Earl Massey offers an expanded version of the Twelfth Annual William E. Conger, Jr. Lectures on Biblical Preaching that he delivered at Beeson Divinity School in February 2004. Through a unique collection of informative lectures and illustrative sermons, the highly esteemed teacher and preacher considers four dimensions of the preacher as steward of the gospel story. Pastors will warmly welcome this book as it provides them with both practical guidance and insight about their identity as preachers.

The Book of Buechner

A Journey Through His Writings

Author: W. Dale Brown

Publisher: Presbyterian Publishing Corp

ISBN: 0664231136

Category: Religion

Page: 394

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The most thorough and extensive investigation ever written on the much-beloved writer, The Book of Buechner explores the ways in which Frederick Buechner's writing, particularly his fiction, presents the possibilities of grace in the midst of the ambiguities of human existence and introduces themes of Christian faith. Both long-time readers and neophytes seeking a guide through his writings will delight in the illuminating analysis Dale Brown has to offer. Intelligent and gratifying, The Book of Buechner is a much overdue literary journey through one of the most significant American writers of the last fifty years.

Building Leaders

Blueprints for Developing Leadership at Every Level of Your Church

Author: Aubrey Malphurs,Will Mancini

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 158558214X

Category: Religion

Page: 286

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Training the next generation of leaders is crucial to spreading the gospel, yet most churches have no formal way of doing this. Why? Tight budgets, small staffs, and a lack of know-how are just a few reasons suggested by church consultants Aubrey Malphurs and William Mancini in this groundbreaking book. Building Leaders provides real-life examples of ways churches can unleash their true ministry potential by training staff members and laypeople to lead. With step-by-step instructions that can be applied to any church or parachurch ministry, Building Leaders shows readers how to: - empower, not just train, leaders - overcome obstacles to developing leaders - identify emerging leaders - use biblical models for training leaders - form a leadership training program to fit any size or budget Packed with surveys, discussion questions, and a leadership development guide, Building Leaders will encourage leaders to "duplicate themselves" in order to see their ministry grow. It is a perfect resource for ministry students, church leaders, and pastors.

The Sacred Journey

Author: Frederick Buechner

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061973750

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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This memoir reflects on key moments of the author's early life, from childhood to his entering seminary, that reveal how God speaks to us in a variety of ways every moment of every day.