By Frederick Buechner
Past phrases n (1.) phrases or names that time to the world of poser and intensity that lies past our usual adventure. (2.) the truth that's past even the facility of past phrases to show, and that may be identified in simple terms by means of experiencing it for your self. "A be aware an afternoon to maintain the demons at bay." this is often how Frederick Buechner loves to describe this witty and incisive dictionary. an everyday devotional from one among ultra-modern maximum religious writers, past phrases bargains 366 entries from Buechner's 3 alphabet books, Wishful considering, strange Treasures, and Whistling at the hours of darkness, together with a brand new creation and nineteen new entries. supplying definitions of either sacred and traditional phrases, in addition to biblical characters, Buechner unabashedly brings his clean standpoint to phrases, suggestions, and characters we concept 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 truly is Buechner at his top. no matter if readers locate themselves tearful from a deeply relocating perception or guffawing out loud at an unforeseen flip of word, they are going to consistently suppose uplifted, illuminated, and enchanted by means of the knowledge of Frederick Buechner.
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If you are told your life itself is in jeopardy, it makes no difference, because not even dying is as fearsome as getting fat, a view that the combined industries of fashion, dietetic food, and advertising all endorse. In every respect but this, you may be as sane as everybody else. In this, you are mad as a hatter. Anorexia seems to be a modern disease, but old phrases like pining away and wasting away suggest it may have been around unnamed for a long time. Nobody seems to know what it’s all about, though there are endless theories.
A woman in a bathing suit picking peas. The patter song of a two-year-old in the sandbox. Do birds every once in a while see us as we see them, as basically irrelevant but occasionally worth the cocking of a beady eye, the ﬂicker of a wing, the ﬁrst few notes of a song? DAY 38 DAY 39 < BLESSING T he word blessing has come to mean more often than not a pious formality such as ministers are continually being roped into giving at high-school graduations, Rotarian wienie roasts, and the like, and to say “God bless you” to a person, unless that person < 48 F r e d e r i c k B u e c h n e r happens to have just sneezed, is generally regarded as a pious eccentricity.
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. He simply tells the Philippians that in spite of them—even in the thick of them—they are to keep in constant touch with the One who unimaginably transcends the worst things and also unimaginably transcends the best. “In everything,” Paul says, they are to keep on praying. Come hell or high water, they are to keep on asking, keep on thanking, above all keep on making themselves known.