It is its own crazy holy kind of grace to get two brand new Buechner books after I had resigned myself to the fact that, at 91, he’d written his final book years ago. And even though these are collections of mostly older writings with chapters here and there of previously unpublished pieces, it is still a thrill to hold these in my hand. Over the years, when I would go through seasons of growth where my previous way of understanding my faith became incoherent to me, The Lord would always bring me some author, teacher, or mentor who would help navigate me through the stormy waters of transition into newness of faith, giving it back to me with a depth, insight, authenticity, and nuance that made it even more sacred to me than before. Nobody’s work has done that more consistently than Frederick Buechner‘s. Through his writing, the Holy Spirit has disarmed my tendency to judge, helped me to walk the world with less self-preserving fear, and trained my heart to see the world around me with a grace-filled wonder. Thank you, Freddy.
From the forward of “A Crazy, Holy, Grace”:
“As our culture shifts again from post-modernism into something post-Christian, Buechner‘s voice has never been more relevant. Though he wrote almost everything in the 20th century, he is a sort of 21st-century C.S. Lewis, speaking about truth and hope and faith in a way that resonates with the faithful and the faith–suspicious alike.”
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