Reading Buechner

Exploring the Work of a Master Memoirist, Novelist, Theologian, and Preacher

by Jeffrey Munroe

Reading Buechner
  • Length: 228 pages
  • Published: November 19, 2019
  •  Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-4580-4
  • Item Code: 4580
  • Case Quantity: 44

Frederick Buechner is one of the most gifted writers of his generation, and his legacy casts a long shadow over Christian letters today. As a memoirist, he opened up an entirely new way to think about the genre. As a novelist, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer. And as a theologian and preacher, he pioneered the art of making theology accessible for a popular audience.

Yet for all Buechner's enormous influence, many readers today are unfamiliar with his work, or have read him only in one genre. In this book, Buechner expert Jeff Munroe presents a collection of the true "essentials" from across Buechner's diverse catalog, as well as an overview of Buechner's life and a discussion of the state of his literary legacy today.

Here is Buechner in all his complex glory, ready to delight and inspire again.


Introduction: How Reading Buechner Changed My Life
Frederick Buechner as Memoirist
1. The Sacred Journey: The Universal Particular
2. Now and Then: Forrest Gump's Feather
3. Telling Secrets: A Deeper Honesty
4. The Eyes of the Heart: Remembering the Lost and Found
Frederick Buechner as Novelist
5. Godric: A 12th Century Sinner-Saint
6. The Son of Laughter: Heels, Laughter, and the Fear Frederick Buechner as Popular Theologian
7. Wishful Thinking: Renewing Tired Words
8. Peculiar Treasures: People We Thought We Knew
Frederick Buechner as Preacher
9. Telling the Truth: Tears with Great Laughter
10. Secrets in the Dark: The Wonder of Words
11. Reading Buechner Today
Appendix: An Annotated Bibliography of Frederick Buechner's Books


Jeffrey Munroe is executive vice president at Western Theological Seminary, where he also teaches writing. He was a charter member of the advisory board of the Buechner Institute of Faith and Culture, and is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America.

BY Jeffrey Munroe

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