A word a day keeps the demons away in this theological dictionary that pointsout holy aspects of everyday life via wry, witty definitions and descriptionsof sacred words and biblical characters.
“Beyond Words” n (1.) Terms or names that point to the realm of mystery and depth that lies beyond our ordinary experience. (2.) The reality that is beyond even the power of beyond words to convey, and that can be known only by experiencing it for yourself.
“A word a day to keep the demons at bay.” This is how Frederick Buechner
likes to describe this witty and incisive dictionary. A daily devotional from one of today's greatest spiritual writers, Beyond Words offers 366 entries from Buechner's three alphabet books, “Wishful Thinking,” “Peculiar Treasures,” and “Whistling in the Dark,” including a new Introduction and nineteen new entries.
Providing definitions of both sacred and ordinary words, as well as biblical characters, Buechner unabashedly brings his fresh perspective to words, concepts, and characters we thought we understood. This is a great introduction to Buechner's work as well as a library staple for those already well versed in his writing. It is Buechner at his best. Whether readers find themselves tearful from a deeply moving insight or laughing out loud at an unexpected turn of phrase, they will always feel uplifted, illuminated, and enchanted by the wisdom of Frederick Buechner
, author of more than thirty works of fiction and nonfiction, is an ordained Presbyterian minister. He has been a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His most recent work is “Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC's of Faith”.