A fresh, creative look at the underlying meaning of the Gospels that stresses the many dimensions of God’s relationship to humanity. Telling the Truth by Frederick Buechner is a book I was excited to read but also fearful of reading for I had since tried to read his fiction and. Buechner’s aim in his book “Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale” (HarperOne, hardcover, pages, $) is.

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A sermon arises out of silence, preacher and writer Frederick Buechner reminds us, and that silence is both an opportunity trutg a warning. An audience sits in the pews waiting, and each of those who sit there bring with them a long and complicated history.

How will you reach them?

How will you awaken them? The Gospel begins here, out of this silence: From this comes the comedy of new life: This is the folly of the Frederock Buechner will ultimately call the fairy tale.

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Drawing deeply from the well of The Wizard of Oz and other stories, he reminds us in this final chapter that “there is a child in all of us,” a child in touch with a truth deeper than the logic of tragedy.

An artist is at trufh here in the vineyard of theology, a wit with wisdom. Buechner handles difficult subjects eternity immortality prayer with a casual aplomb and easy analogy”– “Time””Thoughtful, spirited, entertaininga dictionary for doubtersand restless believers. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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This book has confirmed deep musings and convictions I’ve held for years, and has provided fodder for years of thought byechner consideration. Already it seems to have provided language for these deep and vague, but foundational convictions. The book is well written, poetic Its main point seems to be this – that as bearers of gospel truth, our task is to tell THE TRUTH, which is never so simple or neatly bundled as we might like, but wrought with our complex and difficult and sometimes seemingly contradictory experiences My friend once told me that no other book more greatly influenced his preaching style than this book.

In this book, American writer and theologian, Frederick Buechner, discusses how we can read the Gospel through new eyes. His writing is beautiful, as there is an art and poetry to how he describes the Gospel as tragedy, comedy, and fairy tale. The Gospel seems bad before it becomes good. The tragic, Buechner writes, is the inevitable, while the comic is the unforeseeable page This book was recommended to me when I was considering pursing pastoral work as a profession.

My friend told me that no other book more greatly influenced his preaching style than this book. I can see what he meant now. Buechner implores the reader to tell the truth when spreading the Gospel. In response to Amos 5: Jesus does not answer the question “What is truth? His perspective on letting silence speak was tellingg. Very nice how he brings in the prophets with their poetry – “It frdeerick the experience that they stun us with, speaking it out in poetry which burchner all other language in its power to the open the doors of the heart.

The man of sorrows and acquiainted with grief. The one with the cauliflower ear and the split lip. By whose swollen eye and ruptured spleen we are somehow healed. Who can put a word to him and who needs to?


And then this with Job: God is not an answer man can give, God says. God himself does not give answers. He then goes into Buecnher using parables as “holy jokes” that no one got, and towards te end summarizes: The good news breaks into a world where the news has been so bad for so long that when it tduth good nobody hears it much except for a few.

And who are the few? The ones who labor and are heavy-laden like trurh else but who, unlike everybody else, know that they labor and are trut. They are the ones who are willing to believe in miracles because they know it will take a miracle to fill the empty place inside them where grace and peace belong with grace and peace. Maybe the truth of it is that it’s too good not to be true. Tellung all 68 reviews.

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