By Frederick Buechner

Past phrases n (1.) phrases or names that time to the area of puzzle and intensity that lies past our usual adventure. (2.) the truth that's past even the ability of past phrases to show, and that may be recognized in basic terms by way of experiencing it for your self. "A observe an afternoon to maintain the demons at bay." this can be how Frederick Buechner loves to describe this witty and incisive dictionary. an everyday devotional from one in all modern day maximum religious writers, past phrases deals 366 entries from Buechner's 3 alphabet books, Wishful pondering, strange Treasures, and Whistling at nighttime, together with a brand new advent and nineteen new entries. offering definitions of either sacred and usual phrases, in addition to biblical characters, Buechner unabashedly brings his clean point of view to phrases, innovations, and characters we inspiration we understood. it is a nice advent to Buechner's paintings in addition to a library staple for these already good versed in his writing. it really is Buechner at his top. no matter if readers locate themselves tearful from a deeply relocating perception or giggling out loud at an unforeseen flip of word, they're going to continually think uplifted, illuminated, and enchanted by means of the knowledge of Frederick Buechner.

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The way they are bound, the paper they are printed on, the smell of them (especially if they are either very new or very old), the way the words are fitted to the page, the look of them in the bookcase—sometimes lined up straight as West Point cadets, sometimes leaning against each other for support or lying flat so you have to tip your head sideways to see them properly. Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation, the plays of Beaumont and Fletcher, the Pléiade edition of Saint Simon, Chesterfield’s letters, the Qur’an.

All life is suffering” says the first and truest of the Buddha’s 24 F r e d e r i c k B u e c h n e r Four Noble Truths, by which he means that sorrow, loss, death await us all and everybody we love. Yet “the Lord is at hand. ” He does not deny that the worst things will happen finally to all of us, as indeed he must have had a strong suspicion they were soon to happen to him. He does not try to minimize them. He does not try to explain them away as God’s will or God’s judgment or God’s method of testing our spiritual fiber.

This is perhaps a clue to the mystery. Whereas people as a rule see only what they expect to see and little more, animals, innocent B e y o n d Wo r d s 33 of expectation, see what is there. The next time the old mare looks up from her browsing and lets fly with an exultant whinny at the empty horizon, we might do well to consider at least the possibility that the horizon may not be quite as empty as we think. Numbers 22:22–31 BAPTISM B aptism consists of getting dunked or sprinkled. Which technique is used matters about as much as whether you pray kneeling or standing on your head.

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