By Frederick Buechner

ISBN-10: 0060574461

ISBN-13: 9780060574468

ISBN-10: 0060729333

ISBN-13: 9780060729332

Past phrases n (1.) phrases or names that time to the area of poser and intensity that lies past our traditional event. (2.) the truth that's past even the ability of past phrases to show, and that may be identified basically by way of experiencing it for your self. "A note an afternoon to maintain the demons at bay." this is often how Frederick Buechner loves to describe this witty and incisive dictionary. a regular devotional from one among state-of-the-art maximum religious writers, past phrases deals 366 entries from Buechner's 3 alphabet books, Wishful considering, unusual Treasures, and Whistling at the hours of darkness, together with a brand new creation and nineteen new entries. offering definitions of either sacred and traditional phrases, in addition to biblical characters, Buechner unabashedly brings his clean standpoint to phrases, ideas, and characters we notion we understood. this can be a nice advent to Buechner's paintings in addition to a library staple for these already good versed in his writing. it's 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're going to continuously believe uplifted, illuminated, and enchanted by means of the knowledge of Frederick Buechner.

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The man refuses to do this and sends the enemy on a wild goose chase to a place where he knows his friend isn’t. By chance it turns out to be the very place where his friend is. The friend is captured and executed and the man given his freedom. Sartre ends the story by saying that the man laughed till he cried. See also evil, faith, idolatry. AVARICE DAY 27 = A varice, greed, concupiscence, and so forth are all based on the mathematical truism that the more you get, the more you have. The remark of Jesus that it is more blessed to give B e y o n d Wo r d s 31 than to receive (Acts 20:35) is based on the human truth that the more you give away in love, the more you are.

She could have done a lot worse. Consider the lilies. It is the sine qua non of art and religion both. See also music. ATHEIST DAY 26 = A true atheist is one who is willing to face the full consequences of what it means to say there is no God. To say there is no God means among other things that there are no absolute standards. For instance, if you are an atheist who believes with all your heart that murder is wrong and you run into somebody else who believes with all her heart that murder isn’t wrong as long as she can get away with it, there is no absolute standard by which it can be shown that one view is better than the other, just as there is no absolute standard by which it can be shown that vanilla is better than chocolate.

A man is “in” architecture or a woman is “in” teaching, we say, meaning that is what they do weekdays and how they make enough money to enjoy themselves the rest of the time. But if we say they are “into” these things, that is another story. “Into” means something more like total immersion. They live and breathe what they do. They take it home with them nights. They can’t get enough of it. To be “into” books means that just the sight of a signed first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland sets your heart pounding.

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