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The Wild Grace of Christmas
The Wild Grace of Christmas

Frederick Buechner has been out of the limelight for a few years now, and that's a shame. Buechner (pronounced BEEK-ner) is an American writer and theologian who wrote more than 30 books, including fiction (The Book of Bebb, Godric), autobiography (Telling Secrets), essays (Telling the Truth: Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale), sermons (Secrets in the Dark), and other nonfiction. Buechner's books have been translated into 27 languages and has been praised for its ability to inspire readers to see the grace in their daily lives. The London Free Press said, "He is one of our great novelists because he is one of our finest religious writers."

Fortunately, his recent relative obscurity is about to change. Family and friends have created a website that includes a lifetime of Buechner's writings and audio and video clips, some never before published. The site will go live next summer but is being beta tested now. You can get a sneak preview by going to www.frederickbuechner.com.

To mark the occasion and the season, the creators of the site have made available a Christmas video clipthat, in Buechner's typical evocative prose, drives home the wonder and grace of this event. It's an excerpt from his Whistling in the Dark: A Doubters Dictionary. The video can be accessed here. –Mark Galli, editor

The lovely old carols played and replayed till their effect is like a dentist's drill or a jack hammer, the bathetic banalities of the pulpit and the chilling commercialism of almost everything else, people spending money they can't afford on presents you neither need nor want, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," the plastic tree, the cornball crèche, the Hallmark Virgin. ...

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Whistling in the Dark: A Doubter's Dictionary
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1993-05-21
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