Quotable: With Frederick Buechner

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

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Frederick Buechner (1926-), an ordained Presbyterian minister, is a notable novelist, preacher and theologian. I’m currently enjoying reading one of his memoirs, Telling Secrets, and it has led me to track down some insights from his thirty plus published works. His novel, Godric, was a 1981 finalist for the Pulitzer prize. You might well be aware of the most famous of Buechner quotes: “God calls you to the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” Here are some others…

  • You enter the extraordinary by way of the ordinary. Frederick Buechner
  • Anyone who has ever known Him has known Him perhaps better in the dark than anywhere else because it is in the dark where He seems to visit most often. Frederick Buechner
  • Justice is the grammar of things. Mercy is the poetry of things. Frederick Buechner
  • Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It’s the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too. Frederick Buechner
  • Resurrection means the worst thing is never the last thing. Frederick Buechner

As always, nice chatting…

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